Day four of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and Australia witnessed another enthralling display of Test cricket. With just one day remaining in this captivating clash, the equation stands at Australia needing 7 wickets to secure victory, while India requires 280 runs to claim the title. The day witnessed a mix of conservative and aggressive batting, remarkable catches, and a solid partnership, setting the stage for a gripping final day of play.
Starting the day cautiously, the Australian batsmen accumulated just 78 runs for the loss of two wickets in the morning session. Showing a more aggressive approach post-lunch, Carey and Starc formed a crucial seventh-wicket partnership, adding 93 runs. This allowed skipper Pat Cummins to make a declaration, leaving one and a half sessions for his bowlers to claim the remaining Indian wickets.
Facing a challenging target, the Indian openers began their innings with positive intent. However, their momentum was interrupted by a sensational catch from Cameron Green at gully, dismissing one of the openers just before tea. Undeterred, India kept the scoreboard ticking in the final session, with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara displaying good touch. Unfortunately, Rohit fell to spinner Nathan Lyon’s first over, attempting a sweep shot, while Pujara departed in the very next over with an uncharacteristic shot.
With Australia sensing an opportunity to further dent India’s batting lineup, captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane joined forces. Displaying resilience and composure, the experienced duo forged a crucial 71-run partnership, thwarting Australia’s attempts to claim more wickets. Both batsmen batted fluently, ensuring that India ended the day without any further setbacks.