WTC Final Day 3 Highlights: Courageous seventh-wicket partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur on Day 3 helped India avoid misfortune. Collectively, they scored 109 runs from 145 balls to prevent India from missing more than one wicket in the first session. Ajinkya Rahane fell to Pat Cummins in the 89th after a spectacular Cameron Green catch in the ravine, shortening the duration of the stand in the second session. Thakur persisted and eventually defeated Green in 51 after reaching 50. Australia took a 173-run lead in the first innings after India finally scored 296 runs.
Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami then charged with all guns blazing, with David Warner losing early. After surviving a run of 11+ before Tea and Australia stood at 23/1 at the end of the session, Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja continued to bat. Shortly after play resumed, Khawaja was out and Steve Smith changed Australia’s strategy. Smith and Labuschagne had amassed 62 runs for the third wicket when Smith unexpectedly attempted a tremendous haul against Jadeja and was fatally struck, seemingly removing any chance for India. Travis Head also lost to Ravindra Jadeja without getting many points.
Labuschagne and Cameron Green then led Australia to victory at Stumps. At the end of the day, they are still firmly in command despite the lack of racing. Australia are on the score of 123/4 and lead by 296 runs. Highlights from day 3 of the WTC final.
STUMPS ON DAY 3: Australia complete day three at 123/4 and extend their lead to 296 with six wickets in hand and two full days to go. Mohammed Shami bowls the last over of the day, coming close to removing Cameron Green twice in his tenth over. Marnus Labuschagne has faced 118 deliveries to this day and is still intact at 41 after a great deal of perseverance.
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The highlights of day 3 of the WTC final:
Australia scored 120/4 after 42 overs (Marnus Labuschagne, 39; Cameron Green, 6).
Umesh Yadav was reportedly brought in for one last run before the end of the game, signaling a change on both sides. After a brilliant season in which he knocked out the wickets of Australia’s first-innings century makers Steve Smith and Travis Head, whose 285-run standing has so far been the difference between the two teams in this match, Jadeja has a break. India will be hoping that Shami and Umesh can take another wicket before the game is over. Labuschagne, by contrast, has faced 113 balls for his 39 so far, and he seems to be stumbling his way through.
WTC Final Day 3 Highlights: Australia are 116/4 after 40 overs (Marnus Labuschagne is 36 and Cameron Green is 5).
With 15 minutes remaining in the day’s game, Shami returned for another flurry and took Siraj’s place in the assault, giving Jadeja and Shami a maiden each. Australia currently lead by 11 under 300.
WTC Final Day 3 Highlights: Australia were 116/4 after 38 overs (Marnus Labuschagne was 36 and Cameron Green was 5).
FOUR! A full and wide shot from Siraj is driven through the coverages by Green, who executes a beautiful shot extending his long sticks and collecting the first cap from him in the process. The all-rounder will try to score some quick runs in the remaining overs of the day.
OUTSIDE! Head is struck out twice in three innings by Jadeja. Jadeja dismisses Australia’s previous innings top scorer by catching the bowling from him, while Umesh misses a simple chance at deep midwicket on the first occasion. AUS 111/4
WTC final day 3 highlights: Australia are 103/3 after 34 overs (Travis Head is 10 and Marcus Labuschagne is 36).
Jadeja has two consecutive maidens. Meanwhile, Head scores the first innings high in the third installment of Siraj’s second over of the period. Head hooks a short ball to thin leg, where Ravindra Jadeja finally misjudges the ball’s trajectory and takes several steps forward before witnessing the ball go over his head. It wouldn’t have mattered even if Jadeja had held on to the hold because Siraj’s no-ball was on his front foot. Later in the over, Siraj’s stiff bouncer, who towered over the wicketkeeper and shot into the third man’s fence for four byes, gives Australia their 100th run.
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WTC final day 3 highlights: Australia were 90/3 after 32 overs (Marnus Labuschagne, 35; Travis Head, 3).
After dismissing Steve Smith at the start of their fifth over, Jadeja delivers a wicketless spell. The game was turned upside down by Australia’s star from the early innings, Travis Head, who enters next. Rohit decides to bring Siraj back to counter him. The head starts strong with a brace from Siraj and then adds a single.
OUTSIDE! Taking a thick leading edge while attempting to bring Ravindra Jadeja to the ground, Steve Smith dies for 34. The solid third wicket partnership breaks down, but Shardul Thakur, ducking under the ball, manages to retrieve the ball safely. Smith fired an uncharacteristic shot that ultimately led to his death.
End of the WTC day 3:
Marnus Labuschagne is still unbeaten at 44 and has company at Cameron Green at 7, as Australia end the day by extending their lead over India to 296 with six wickets remaining.
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Smith scored his 31st Test century at The Oval, where Australia racked up a mammoth 469 runs before dying in 121.
For a full-length delivery from Cummins, who had near figures of 1-36 in nine overs, Rohit was ruled out leg before wicket.
India were 30/2 after four deliveries when Shubman Gill (13), who had been fooled by a quick run, was brought down by Scott Boland while playing without a shot. Highlights from day 3 of the WTC final.
Both Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were sacked for deliveries by the multi-talented Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc, respectively. On the second slip, Steven Smith made a superb jump catch over Kohli’s head.
Jadeja, a left-hander, put up some resistance with an energetic 51-ball shot that included seven fours and one six.
However, he was killed by a deflected spin from Nathan Lyon, overcoming a well-flyed, twisting shot to slide on a soft finish to a position 71 with Ajinkya Rahane.
By the end of the innings India had dropped to 151/5 and were 318 runs behind. Highlights from day 3 of the WTC final.