The highly anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and Australia has taken an unexpected turn as India finds itself in deep trouble after losing its third wicket. The dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara at the hands of Cameron Green has further compounded India’s woes on the second afternoon of the match.
India, aiming to establish a strong foundation in their pursuit of a competitive total, suffered another blow when Pujara misjudged the delivery from Green. It was a nip-backer, pitched on a length just outside off stump, which sharply darted back towards the stumps. Pujara, unfortunately, failed to cover his off-stump adequately and made the fateful decision to let the ball go with the angle. As he turned back, he was left shocked to witness his stumps shattered behind him.
Green, seizing the opportunity to make an impact, exulted in celebration as India found itself in disarray during the second afternoon of the match. Pujara’s dismissal for 14 runs off 25 deliveries, including two boundaries, has dealt a severe blow to India’s batting lineup and put them under immense pressure.
With the scorecard reading 50 for 3, India’s hopes now rest on the shoulders of the remaining batsmen to rebuild their innings and stabilize the situation. The loss of early wickets has added to the challenge faced by the Indian team, especially against the potent Australian bowling attack.
India’s middle-order, including the experienced Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, will need to rally together, showcase their resilience, and exhibit their renowned batting prowess to rescue the team from this precarious position.