India and Australia are currently meeting in the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final at The Oval, England. Day 1 of the game focused on Steve Smith and Travis Head’s masterclass with the bat.
Asked to bat first on a lush green track, Australia had no answers for the Indian pacers’ new pitch of balls and went down at 76/3. It was at this point that Steve Smith and Travis Head teamed up and led the rescue.
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While Travis Head finished with the 163-run hit, Steve Smith scored 121 runs. The duo batted in 285 partnership runs for the fourth wicket. After their impressive partnership, they recorded the highest partnership at The Oval for the fourth wicket. Furthermore, they surpassed the 266-run standing of England’s Wally Hammond and Stan Warthington to achieve the highest partnership against India.
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In terms of individual record, Travis Head became the first batsman to score a hundred in the final of the ICC World Test Championship Final, where Steve Smith (9) now has the joint-highest centuries against India. He also overtook Rahul Dravid (6) to equal Steve Waugh (7) as the batsman with the second most Test tons in England, behind Bradman (11).
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ICC World Test Championship Final: Indian bowlers come back with a bang in first session of Day 2
After the hard-fought Day 1, the Indian bowlers made a decent comeback in the first session of Day 2 at The Oval, England. They bowled some tight lines and lengths and tested the opposition batsmen. Mohammed Siraj drew first blood on the second day when he took out Travis Head.
Before Mohammed Shami stepped in with Cameron Green’s wicket for just 6 runs. Shardul Thakur also stepped in as he kept Steve Smith playing. If this wasn’t enough, Axar Patel, who was a backup fielder, put in a brilliant run to send Mitchell Starc back to the cabin.
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