In the ongoing WTC Final 2023 between India and Australia, the second day witnessed a fierce battle as both teams fought hard to gain an advantage. Australia showcased their batting prowess, crossing the 400-run mark, while India displayed commendable resilience by claiming crucial wickets. At the lunch break, Australia stood at a commanding position with a total of 422 for 7.
India began the day with a challenging start as Mohammed Siraj served up two half-volleys, allowing Steve Smith to secure his 31st Test hundred. However, the Indian bowlers quickly regrouped and found their rhythm, bowling at a good length and eventually reaping rewards. The partnership between Smith and Travis Head, which had accumulated an impressive 285 runs, was finally broken when Head gloved a short ball to the wicketkeeper.
The dismissal of Cameron Green followed shortly after, as he succumbed to a flashy drive, curtailing his innings. Shardul Thakur played a crucial role for India, inducing a false shot from Smith, resulting in the Australian batsman’s dismissal for a well-earned 121 runs. Axar Patel’s exceptional fielding skills contributed to Mitchell Starc’s downfall, further denting Australia’s progress.
Australia’s lunchtime total of 422 for 7 has positioned them as the dominant team in the contest thus far. Despite this, India can take solace in the fact that they have not allowed Australia to run away with the game and have managed to keep the opposition in check. The scorching sun and the relatively settled pitch have provided favorable conditions for batting, although sporadic instances of unpredictable behavior from the pitch have kept the players on their toes.