India vs Australia, WTC Final day 3, session 1 highlights: India post 260/6 till lunch, trail by 209 runs

Australia scored a formidable 469 runs in their first innings. In response, India faced early setbacks and were reduced to 151-5 at the end of Day 2. However, on Day 3, India managed to cross the 200-run mark despite losing an early wicket.

India has scored 260 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 60 overs until the Lunch session. They are currently trailing by 209 runs. Ajinkya Rahane has scored 60 runs so far and is playing at 89. During the first session, Rahane reached his half-century and also completed 5,000 Test runs, a significant milestone in his career. Additionally, Rahane and Shardul Thakur built a strong partnership of 100 runs, contributing to India’s progress towards the target of 469 runs set by Australia.

The partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur has been crucial for India’s fightback in the World Test Championship final against Australia. Despite facing tough challenges, including being beaten and taking blows, they have shown resilience and determination to keep India’s hopes alive.


The day started with Australia taking an early wicket, dismissing KS Bharat. However, Rahane has once again stepped up when India has been in trouble, and Thakur has provided valuable support. They have managed to bat through a significant portion of the session, defying the Australian bowling attack.

While luck has played a part, with missed catches and a dismissal off a no-ball benefiting the Indian batsmen, Australia remains in a commanding position with a substantial lead. India is currently trailing by 209 runs. Rahane is now aiming for his 13th Test century as he continues his innings. It will be interesting to see if he can reach this milestone and guide India closer to Australia’s first-innings total.

The partnership between Rahane and Thakur has kept India’s hopes alive, but they will need to continue their resilience and determination to bridge the gap and make a strong comeback in the match.