WTC23 Final: Australia vs India | The Oval | June 7-11, 2023 | Day 4

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Sizeable lead for Australia but India batting could well rise to the challenge - but the first job this morning for India is to get them out!

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Ricky Ponting in a media interaction:

"I think they have been outplayed so far. Their preparation wasn't probably ideal coming into a one-off Test what with all their players being at the IPL. You know, few of the Australian boys were there. Few of the Australian boys hadn't done anything for three months either,"

"I don't know (effect on Indian batters). If you ask Virat, he would say that it's been perfect for him because he has got all sorts of runs. If you asked Rahane, he wouldn't have been picked for this match without the IPL. So it's going to work both ways.

"I had a chat with Shardul this morning, he said he's started to feel the pinch because he has not been able to get enough bowling. The over that he has bowled in a day and a half, he bowled in the whole of IPL."

"I sort of underlined coming into this game what was the best preparation; was it out and playing pretty high quality competitive cricket in the IPL or was it better off being at home and resting up and doing a bit of non competitive training. So far it's shown that both teams have been a bit rusty.

"One-off game and in the time of the year, there's never going to be ideal preparation time for anybody. But you got to do the best you can to get prepared and get ready and try and execute it on the day. I mean, Travis Head is a great example, hasn't picked up a bat for a few months.

"It comes down to the individual," he said referring to Head's counter attacking hundred that helped Australia get 469.

Given how Rahane has played, selectors have to take big calls

Ajinkya Rahane's 89 against a formidable pace attack and in a comeback game makes Ponting wonders why he was not in the team in the first place.

"He played beautifully. I said at the lunch break when you can play like that, you wonder why he hasn't been picked in the team... he has always been a classy looking player, player that has a good defence, we know his record suggests that he plays at his best when his team needs him the most.

"He has got few more Tests against the West Indies. If he makes runs in those games, with (Shreyas) Iyer and KL Rahul getting fit, the selectors will have some big decisions to make," said the former Australia captain who is a WTC ambassador and is commentating on the final.

Ponting added that he would not change anything to the current WTC format and is all for a one-off game rather than a best of three final.

"I love it (the one-off format). I wish I was there when I was playing. It's a World Cup final over five days. They have clearly been the best two teams in the world over the last two years."

https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/pon...-wtc-final-4108803#pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories
 
5 down - 5 more to get for India.

Marnus Labuschagne c Pujara b Umesh Yadav 41(126)

Lead is 307 runs

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It may look like India have bowled well, but the Aussies have actually batted sensibly. The wicket has uneven bounce and will be difficult to bat on last.

Australia have batted time to shut any chance for an Indian chase. And managed to score steadily. If they can squeeze another 70 and take the lead to 400 that's enough.
 
What was Green doing.

Comedy batting.

Jadeja 3 wickets.
 
The Australian cricket team has come under fire for their perceived arrogance during the Test Championship final at The Oval following a 'disrespectful' incident at the end of the Indian first innings.

The incident occurred when Aussie players David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne appeared to prematurely walk off the field while awaiting a third umpire decision.

This act of impatience has drawn criticism, tarnishing their otherwise dominant performance against India.

On day three of the final, India displayed a spirited fightback as Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur valiantly battled through the morning session, contributing crucial runs to their team's total.

Despite Australia maintaining a commanding position throughout the match, frustrations began to mount for the team.

Dropped catches, wickets off no-balls, and squandered reviews marred their day in the field. Eager to retreat to the dressing room and begin their batting innings, the Australians were caught off guard by a bizarre turn of events.

In the 12th over of the day, Cameron Green dismissed Shardul Thakur for a hard-fought 51 runs.

Moments later, he seemed to have trapped Mohammed Siraj for a golden duck, with the on-field umpire raising his finger.

Following the norm of using the Decision Review System, batters typically review any dismissal, even if it appears obvious, when a team has a review remaining for their final wicket.

Expecting Siraj's review to be a formality, the Australian players assumed it was a routine review and began to walk off the field. However, the technology revealed that Siraj had, in fact, edged the ball onto his pads, overturning the on-field decision.

To their embarrassment, the Australian top order had already left the field, eagerly preparing for their second innings. The cheers from the crowd quickly turned into jeers, as spectators deemed the incident disrespectful.

And the Aussie team has come under fire on social media as well.

'I agree. That was poor from the Australians,' one fan posted.

'The four who walked should have known better. Totally disrespectful. Oh how the mighty game has fallen,' posted another.

'What is it with this current crop of Australian up themselves players. These players should be made an example of, and their match fee deducted, or even better given to charity in India.' added another.

Former Aussie Test skipper Ricky Ponting, puzzled by the turn of events, expressed his surprise in the commentary box, stating that he had never witnessed such an occurrence.

Meanwhile, broadcaster Alison Mitchell noted that Usman Khawaja was already halfway up the stairs when the reversal was announced.

Cricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary labeled the act as 'disrespectful,' resonating with the sentiments of the disapproving crowd.

Despite the controversy, the incident had little impact on the match outcome.

Only five balls later, a fiery bouncer from Mitchell Starc dismissed Mohammed Shami, who gloved it to wicketkeeper Alex Carey. India finished their first innings with a total of 296, trailing by 173 runs.

At the end of the third day's play, Australia stood at 4 for 123, leading by 296 runs, with Marnus Labuschagne unbeaten on 41.

DailyMail
 
Australia too negative so far today.

Last few overs they've looked a lot better when looking to be positive.
 
What was Green doing.

Comedy batting.

Jadeja 3 wickets.

Strange dismissal

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IND 296
AUS 469 & 201/6 (70) CRR: 2.87
Day 4: Lunch Break - Australia lead by 374 runs

Tough session for India coming - Will decide the fate of the game if lead goes past 420+
 
Where are those 90 mph fast bowlers India that can run through the Aussie tail?

Is India really a true World number 1 or 2 side?
 
I am surprised that match has gone in to 4th day and will be a great achievement for this indian team to take the match to 5th day with out pant and bumrah , its like australia playing with out Cummins and head ,add to that superb Captaincy and batting by vada pav and team selection by power coach dravid , oldies pujara , rohit , virat and special mention WK bharat even starc ans Cummins bat better than him
 
Think Australia would like at least half an hour to bowl at India before Tea.
 
Excellent declaration by Aussies. Took out the possibility of draw.

Extremely slim chance remains for India.
 
Excellent declaration by Aussies. Took out the possibility of draw.

Extremely slim chance remains for India.

How so? India batters can see out today with minimal loss of wickets and hang in there tomorrow - this is not an ordinary batting line-up
 
Over to India.

Aussies got to fancy their chances here.

A bit of uneven bounce already.
 
Good start India.

Looking positive and not going in their shell.

Not much movement ao far.
 
How so? India batters can see out today with minimal loss of wickets and hang in there tomorrow - this is not an ordinary batting line-up

The overs lost throughout the 5 days will be used on the reserve day, if I’m not wrong.

Can India survive till Monday?
 
Australia will have 137 overs to bowl India out. That's a run rate of 3.24 for India #WTC23

In theory very doable
 
3rd umpire did not even ask to zoom in when the ball was going into the hands of Green. You cannot be sure if the ball touched the ground.
 
Fingers under the ball.

Looked out to me.
 
41 for 1 at tea.

Expect the 3rd umpire not to be required for the IPL.
 
All results are still possible at The Oval and the prospect of the match finishing in a draw remains a chance.


As per item 16.3.3 of the Playing Conditions for the World Test Championship Final, the mace will be shared and the prize money distributed equally among the two finalists should the match finish in a draw:

“If the match is drawn, tied, or abandoned, the teams shall be declared joint winners of the ICC World Test Championship,” the condition reads.

There is a reserve day in place for the Final on Monday, but the prospect of the match going into a sixth day looks unlikely at this stage given there have been no interruptions to play over the first three-and-a-half days of the gripping contest.

The Reserve Day was included in the Playing Conditions as a contingency to recover lost playing time in the event of rain or bad light disrupting play and the weather in London so far has been surprisingly good so far given it can be highly unpredictable so early in England's summer.

There is a small chance of showers in London on Sunday afternoon and a total of one hour of lost time can be made up on Sunday by extending the scheduled close of play.

If more than an hour's playing time is lost, then the Reserve Day will be triggered and will consist solely of the time that has been lost to rain or bad light.

ICC
 
Not out for me.

Fingers underneath part of the ball but also seemed to touch the floor on another part.
 
Never the less, like the Indian batters approach here. Makes for interesting watch atleast.
 
Australia will cry like little baby if they lose 😩

Greatest chase in cricket history is possible :97:
 
The commentators did say that. I am watching on SKY, the difference in Umpire interpretation is based on the fact whether the umpire feels the ball is in control or not.

No, control is just one of the factors. MCC law 33.2.1 clearly mentions that the ball should not be grounded.
 
We can't win this match just Play for a draw which is also unlikely . congratulations Australia
 
Gill was an important wicket if they had to come close to this target! He can score quickly as long as he is there (Even at this point, the score could have been at least 20+ more if he was there, 90-0 instead of 70-1). This could be a crucial decision.
 
Further Gill could have been even more dangerous if he had come down the order (at No.4). Kohli should push himself to No.5. These seniors should set there ego aside and think in terms of developing future team! This is like delaying the growth of a young talented batsman! (Soon the team management in future will understand that Gill is suited more at No.4 in Tests! But by then we would lose valuable contribution from the player which can affect the team's results!)
 
Starc looking ineffective. The guy always bottles it against India when it matters the most.
 
Further Gill could have been even more dangerous if he had come down the order (at No.4). Kohli should push himself to No.5. These seniors should set there ego aside and think in terms of developing future team! This is like delaying the growth of a young talented batsman! (Soon the team management in future will understand that Gill is suited more at No.4 in Tests! But by then we would lose valuable contribution from the player which can affect the team's results!)

Kohli is not the problem, you can put Gill elsewhere in the middle order too. But do you really want Jaiswal opening in a final?
 
Brilliant fightback from India and Australia could well go into panic mode once India cross the 180+ mark
 
Kohli is not the problem, you can put Gill elsewhere in the middle order too. But do you really want Jaiswal opening in a final?

Should have groomed all these players lot earlier (so many home test matches, especially the easier series vs NZ, that was the time to try all these - Jaishwal, Sarfaraz, etc). This way it will also help us to identify replacements during injury (like we have for Pant, Iyer, Bumrah, etc). But we didn't do these because we wanted to safeguard the oldies (Kohli, Rahul, etc).

Kohli is definitely a problem. At No.4 you should always play your premier batsman. It is a crucial position, it will dictate terms to the opposition. No.4 is a position where you safeguard that player from the new ball, at the same time it is position from where the player can start dominating the opposition by piling on runs quickly and effectively! Kohli who was once good at this should now gracefully take the supportive role and push himself down... But I guess this will hurt his ego, it will hurt the sponsors/corporate bodies, etc. Unfortunately this is how cricket runs in India! It is not purely done in professional way! SENA teams will modify their strategy easily in this way, both team & players (media) will be flexible for this (and corporates don't bother or poke their nose into this!)
 
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Poor shot from Rohit. Wasn't the first time, won't be the last.
 
Match is done and dusted. No Pant here to turn things around.

Congratulations Australia!
 
Lol, that's why there is gulf of difference between second division county cricket and international cricket.
 
Aussies have got two quick wickets here , Aussies will look for couple of more wickets before stumps here
 
Indian cricket is down in dumps due to clowns like these oldies and BCCI.
 
India was never in this game! They pretended... probably they played the act of resilience showed by a reindeer when attacked by a lion! And media and fans were desperate to keep things alive!
 
He will always be a underachiever in Test Cricket. Plays too many brainless shots to score big runs.
In our golden age for batting, he won't have come near Indian team.

But then, none of these clowns would have been playing either.
 
I'm no fan of IPL, but people blaming IPL should remember that our team is crap in all formats, IPL or no IPL.
 
Pathetic batting from Sharma and Pujara playing T20 type shots in Tests.
 
Now Kohli will play a few flashy shots and then get out by end of day as well while Rahane anyways has completed his 1 knock in 10 inning performance for now.
 
Pathetic batting from Sharma and Pujara playing T20 type shots in Tests.

No Bro

If this would have come off, we would be talking about fearless cricket etc.

To the victors the spoils type thing.
 
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