Australia wins the one major men’s cricket trophy that has escaped them with a 209-run victory at the Oval.
a fervent Australia sped to a 209-run victory in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval, quickly dashin’ Indian dreams of pulling off a last-day miracle.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were applauded all the way to the field as they came out to resume India’s second innings on 164-3. India needed to score 280 runs on the last day of the match on Sunday to surpass the enormous 444 winning goal set by Australia.
However, as Scott Boland and his fellow bowlers ripped through the Indian batting order to remove the top-ranked team in the world for 234, the raucous supporters were reduced to silence and dejection and the victory was secured before noon.
In the sixth over of the day, fast bowler Boland edged Kohli, who was caught for 49 by Steve Smith at second slip. Ravindra Jadeja was caught by Boland in the same over.
Since the first morning, India had been chasing the game, and Virat Kohli’s death made it clear that Australia would win the global test championship for the first time.
In the 30 minutes before the scheduled lunch break, Rahane, who had been on 20 overnight, reached 46 when he pushed Starc behind. This marked the start of a collapse of the final five Indian wickets.
With his two wickets, Boland gave Australia’s celebrations a head start. In the morning, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon each got two wickets. In the innings, wicketkeeper Alex Carey made four catches.
On the game’s last day, the Indians lost their final seven wickets for an addition of just 70 runs. India suffered its second straight loss in the WTC championship game.