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WTC Final Day 3 Review: India and Australia engage in intense battle as fate depends on Day 4

The third day of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and Australia provided an enthralling display of cricket at The Oval. The day’s play witnessed some captivating moments as both teams fought tooth and nail to gain an advantage.

Australia started the day on a high note when Scott Boland struck early, dismissing India’s wicketkeeper-batsman, KS Bharat, with just the second ball of the day. With early success, the Australians aimed to wrap up India’s innings swiftly. However, their hopes were dampened as they dropped three catches and Pat Cummins bowled a no-ball that nullified an LBW decision. These missed opportunities allowed Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur to forge a spirited century partnership.

India, who found themselves in a precarious situation at 152/6, not only managed to avoid the follow-on but also pushed their total close to the 300-run mark. The lower-order batsmen exhibited tremendous resilience and determination, frustrating the Australian bowlers. The fightback from Rahane and Thakur showcased the team’s resolve to bounce back from difficult situations.

Despite India’s commendable recovery, Australia held a healthy first innings lead of 173 runs. With two and a half sessions remaining in the day, the Australians had the opportunity to assert their dominance and potentially bat India out of the game. However, India’s bowlers exhibited discipline and determination, making it difficult for the Australian batsmen to score freely.

Mohammed Siraj struck early for India, removing the dangerous David Warner from the crease. The two Queensland-born batsmen, Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne, adopted a defensive approach and struggled to break free. Khawaja, in an attempt to force the issue, fell victim to an edge off a wide delivery from Umesh Yadav.

With Steve Smith joining Labuschagne at the crease, Australia aimed to increase their scoring rate. Smith played positively, taking the initiative and scoring the majority of runs during his partnership with Labuschagne.

The intensity of the contest between bat and ball kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout the day. Both teams showcased their determination to gain an advantage in this crucial encounter. India’s disciplined bowling performance and Australia’s positive intent set the stage for an intriguing fourth day of the final.

As the players left the field at stumps on day three, the match delicately poised with Australia holding the upper hand. However, India’s spirited fightback and their bowlers’ disciplined display have ensured that the contest remains wide open. With two full days of play remaining, the WTC Final promises to provide more gripping moments and exhilarating cricket as the battle for the ultimate glory continues.