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Australia’s seamers capitalise on Steven Smith’s century to dominate the WTC final

Capitalising on Steven Smith's century, the Australian fast bowlers managed to dominate the WTC final test match against India at the Ovals.

Australia’s seamers capitalise on Steven Smith’s century to dominate the WTC final

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Australia’s seamers capitalised on Steven Smith’s century to gain control of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. Despite a brief partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja, Nathan Lyon’s late wicket tilted the balance in Australia’s favour. At the end of day two, India was struggling at 151 for five in response to Australia’s first-innings total of 469 runs.

Australia’s fast bowlers, particularly Scott Boland, exploited the helpful Oval pitch with their precise lengths. On the other hand, India’s bowlers failed to consistently hit the right areas and allowed Australia to build a commanding total of 327 for three on the first day. The Australian quicks rectified their lengths on day two, finding the perfect balance between full and unplayable deliveries, which resulted in crucial dismissals.

India’s top order faced difficulties against the disciplined Australian attack, with Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara all falling victim to the seam movement. A vicious delivery from Mitchell Starc dismissed Virat Kohli. Rahane survived a close call after Pat Cummins overstepped, but India was struggling at 71 for four wickets. However, Rahane and Jadeja provided some resistance with a partnership until Lyon broke through.

Earlier, Australia’s innings saw Smith and Travis Head reach their respective milestones before India’s bowlers struck back. Mohammed Siraj claimed four wickets, while Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur took two each. Alex Carey’s aggressive 48 boosted Australia’s total, but spinners had limited success, with Jadeja accounting for Carey’s wicket.

In summary, Australia’s seamers dominated India’s batting lineup, aided by their accurate lengths, while Smith’s century and contributions from Head and Carey helped Australia establish a strong position in the WTC final.

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  • Vineet Karmokar

    An engineering student enthusiastic about cricket and other sports. Blogs regularly on sports as well as fashion, food and fitness.

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