The third day of the World Test Championship saw India make a venturous comeback as Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur built an important partnership after India’s top order was shattered on the second day. During the second innings of Australia, the Indian bowlers took crucial wickets, but going on to the fourth day, Australia had a big lead of runs, and they ended up giving a gigantic target of 444 runs to India. As the chase began, the openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman gave a good start, but soon the team lost their first wicket at 41. The first one to get dismissed was Gill. This wicket took a very controversial turn, as there were doubts regarding Cameron Green’s catch.
India lost three early wickets
After Gill’s dismissal, the skipper Rohit Sharma lost his wicket at 43 runs, and soon Cheteshwar Pujara gave his wicket by playing an uppercut shot. After India lost three crucial wickets, it was Virat Kohli and Rahane who stabilised the game. With the former on 44 runs and the latter on 20 runs, keeping India’s hope alive for the win.
India will continue to fight back today as it is the final day of the World Test Championship final, but despite India’s comeback, Dinesh Kartik feels that they have a very little chance of winning the WTC final.
India don’t have a chance to win- Kartik
According to Kartik, chasing anything that exceeds a 300 score at The Oval is definitely a tough job. In an interview, he said, “I don’t think India has a chance to win this World Test Championship. I know it is a gloomy indication for all the fans. I haven’t lost hope, but I really feel the way the pitch is playing. You can bat at 60 or 70 and might get the ball that won’t do anything”.
The experienced wicketkeeper batsman also talked about the way Steve Smith and Travis Head built an amazing partnership and took Australia to par 300 on the first day. This laid the foundation for their first-inning total of 469.
400 score on this pitch is too much-says the veteran
Rahane and Thakur’s much-needed 109 runs for the seventh wicket kept India in the game, but still, the team’s 296 runs fell short of Australia’s 177 runs. Kartik also believes that it is not because of the second or third day that India has fewer chances of winning but because of the first day, which comes back to haunt the team. The 38-year-old said, “469 on this pitch is too much, but India batted well to get where they are right now. Anything can happen from here”.