Australia defeated India in the ICC World Test Championship 2023 championship match, winning the coveted Mace and becoming the second team, after New Zealand, to secure this prestigious title. Australia triumphed over India by a score of 209 runs in the match, which took place at the London cricket ground The Oval. This was India’s second straight loss in the WTC 2023 final.
Despite their solid financial standing and popular fame, the Indian squad failed once more when it counted, adding to their poor record in ICC competitions.
Australia proved their ability in all aspects of the game on the last day, leaving India with nobody to hold accountable but themselves for another loss on the international arena. Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and skipper Rohit Sharma formed India’s star-studded batting lineup, but they fell short when it needed most.
Indian supporters had hope when Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane onto the pitch on day five, attempting to chase down a difficult total of 444 runs. Nevertheless, by outstriking both Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja in the same over, Australia’s star pacer Scott Boland shattered India’s ambitions. A wide delivery was expertly grabbed by Steve Smith at second slip, leading to Kohli’s demise after showing exceptional form on day four. India was struggling at 179 for five when Jadeja follows similar by offering the wicketkeeper an easy catch.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane battled courageously and showed some beautiful straight drives from Mitchell Starc. But Rahane’s aggression ultimately proved costly as he edged a ball behind. As India lost one more wicket. Soon after, Nathan Lyon removed Shardul Thakur, bringing India’s total to 213 for 7. The Indian innings collapsed despite some effort from the lower-order batsmen, and the Indians were bowled out for 234 allowing Australia the victory.
Scott Boland’s three-fer helped Australia to wrap up India’s innings early
Australia loved a commanding lead with their first innings score of 469, and their second innings total of 270/8 declared obtained a challenging target for India. However, India’s first innings total of 296 runs in response to Australia’s control was insufficient.
Pat Cummins, Scott Boland, Mitchell Starc, Cameron Green, and Nathan Lyon dominated Australia’s bowling attack, which totally shredded the Indian batting lineup. The crucial three wickets that Boland took during his spell proved to be the difference in the game.
In contrast to India, which was forced to lament its disappointing performance, particularly in crucial ICC events. Australia celebrated their well-deserved victory. India lost in the WTC final for the second time in a row with this defeat in the first final, they lost to New Zealand.
Australia’s victory in the WTC 2023 Final established their place as one of the elite Test cricket teams, while India will probably be eager to get back together and work towards success in the coming tournaments.
AUS vs IND WTC Final 2023: Brief Scores:
Australia 1st Innings (469 all out) India 1st Innings (296 all out), Australia 2nd Innings (270/8 declared), India 2nd Innings (overnight: 164/3): 234 all out
Result: Australia Won by 209 runs