“All hopes on Ajinkya Rahane”, Twitter reacts as India end the Day 2 of the WTC Final 2023 at 151/5

WTC Final 2023: The ICC World Test Championship Final has seen Australia dominate after two days of intense cricket. This domination began with a ton from Steve Smith in the opening over. Subsequently, Travis Head amassed a score beyond 150, and Alex Carey chipped in with a handy 48. Consequently, Australia boosted their overnight score by an impressive 142 runs.

Despite India’s choice to bowl first, the team found themselves facing a massive total of 469. The morning session saw the bowlers snatching four wickets, while three more fell after lunch. Nevertheless, Australia’s formidable score posed a steep challenge for the Indians.

In response, India’s openers Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma launched a determined counter-attack. They tackled the threat of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins with gusto, aiming for a brisk start. However, their charge was halted by Scott Boland, who bowled a maiden over, changing the tempo of the game.

India is reeling at 151/5 at the end of Day 2 of the WTC Final 2023

The turning point came when Cummins with a brilliant LBW, sent back the Indian captain. This crucial dismissal swung the momentum in Australia’s favor. Furthermore, Boland and Cameron Green went on to dismiss Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara respectively, both falling victim to misjudged lines.

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Starc, not to be left out, capitalized on his extra bounce to remove Virat Kohli. Suddenly, at 71/4, India found themselves in a precarious position. A dismissed Rahane would’ve added to India’s woes, but a no-ball from Cummins granted him a reprieve.

Despite the setbacks, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane rallied to steady the ship. Their fifty-run partnership showcased Jadeja’s form, hinting at the potential for a fightback. However, as stumps approached, a beautiful delivery from Nathan Lyon dislodged Jadeja, ending the day on a high for Australia.

In summary, Australia has emerged as the dominant force in the WTC final so far. Their commanding performance with the bat, coupled with strategic bowling, has put them firmly in the driver’s seat. India, on the other hand, will need to dig deep on day three to salvage their position in this epic showdown.

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