IND vs AUS 3rd Test Day 3: Australia humble India by 9 wickets to reach WTC final


Australia defeated India in the third Test at Indore by nine wickets to guarantee their spot in the World Test Championship championship match in June.

Travis Head scored an immaculate 49 runs, while Marnus Labuschagne added an unbeaten 28 as the tourists clinched the game on day three before lunch.

Usman Khawaja was caught behind the second ball, but Head and Labuschagne shared a partnership of 78, guiding them home.

India failed to keep the visitors under pressure after getting the wicket early on. Nathan Lyon claimed eight wickets on Thursday as Australia bowled India out for 163 runs, needing to chase down a 76-run mark.

 Cheteshwar Pujara led the way with 59 runs, but Lyon’s 8 for 64 figures overshadowed the accomplishment. Lyon had taken three wickets in India’s opening inning.

India will be guaranteed a spot if they defeat Australia in the series’ fourth and final Test, which begins on March 9 in Ahmedabad.

However, a draw or defeat, along with Sri Lanka beating New Zealand 2-0 in their two-Test series, which begins on March 8 at 22:00 GMT, would see Sri Lanka qualify instead.

The World Test Championship final will be held between June 7 and 11, just a week before Australia takes on England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

India has a 2-1 advantage in the four-Test series following two decisive victories.

Australian Captain Steve Smith: “It was a complete performance”

“It was a complete performance in the end,” said Steve Smith, who was captaining Australia with Pat Cummins in Australia with his ill mother.

“We’re really proud to clinch a spot in the final but for us it is just about playing really good cricket.

“The way we’ve fought back here and played our style for longer periods of time than we did in the first two Tests, hopefully we can put up a similar performance and finish the series really well.”

Indian Captain Rohit Sharma: “We didn’t bat well”

“When you lose a Test match, there’s a lot of things that didn’t go our way. To start with, we didn’t bat well in the first innings. We understand how important it is to put runs on the board in the first innings. And obviously when they got a 80-90 run lead, we needed to put in a big performance with the bat but we couldn’t do that, taking just a 75-run lead.”

“We need to understand that we need to improve as a team. When you are playing on challenging pitches you have to bowl. We allowed their bowlers to bowl in one spot. Not to take any credit away from their bowlers, Nathan Lyon especially. We had to try and be brave, which I think we were not. We can take a lot of credit as well, how we batted in the first two games.”

Nathan Lyon – Man of the Match

IND vs AUS 3rd Test Day 3: Australia humble India by 9 wickets to reach WTC final
Lyon took 8 for 64

“It’s been a pretty remarkable series. But to come out here and put out a good team performance it was pretty special. I don’t have all the skills and all the tricks in the trade but the one thing I have is the belief in my stock ball. And I think if you have that, you can get success. I don’t think I’ve mastered it. I’ve been lucky enough to challenge against some of the best players to play the game, the likes of Virat and Pujji and the rest of the guys. I just like challenging myself.”

Full Scorecard: Ind vs Aus

India 1st Innings 

Rohit Sharma (c)st †Carey b Kuhnemann1223273052.17
Shubman Gill c Smith b Kuhnemann21183730116.66
Cheteshwar Pujara b Lyon14150025.00
Virat Kohli lbw b Murphy2252642042.30
Ravindra Jadeja c Kuhnemann b Lyon49120044.44
Shreyas Iyer b Kuhnemann024000.00
Srikar Bharat †lbw b Lyon1730531156.66
Axar Patel not out1233571036.36
Ravichandran Ashwin c †Carey b Kuhnemann312220025.00
Umesh Yadav lbw b Kuhnemann17131712130.76
Mohammed Siraj run out (Head/Lyon)045000.00
TOTAL33.2 Ov (RR: 3.27)109
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Rohit Sharma, 5.6 ov), 2-34 (Shubman Gill, 7.2 ov), 3-36 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 8.2 ov), 4-44 (Ravindra Jadeja, 10.5 ov), 5-45 (Shreyas Iyer, 11.2 ov), 6-70 (Virat Kohli, 21.4 ov), 7-82 (Srikar Bharat, 24.5 ov), 8-88 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 28.3 ov), 9-108 (Umesh Yadav, 32.2 ov), 10-109 (Mohammed Siraj, 33.2 ov) • DRS
Mitchell Starc502104.2000
Cameron Green201407.0000
Matthew Kuhnemann921651.7700
Nathan Lyon11.223533.0800
Todd Murphy612313.8300

Australia 1st Innings 

Travis Head lbw b Jadeja96810150.00
Usman Khawaja c Shubman Gill b Jadeja601471624040.81
Marnus Labuschagne b Jadeja31911181034.06
Steven Smith (c)c †Bharat b Jadeja2638604068.42
Peter Handscomb c Iyer b Ashwin19981111019.38
Cameron Green lbw b Yadav2157942036.84
Alex Carey †lbw b Ashwin37200042.85
Mitchell Starc b Yadav1390033.33
Nathan Lyon b Ashwin58161062.50
Todd Murphy b Yadav066000.00
Matthew Kuhnemann not out035000.00
Extras(b 9, lb 8, nb 5)22
TOTAL76.3 Ov (RR: 2.57)197
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Travis Head, 1.4 ov), 2-108 (Marnus Labuschagne, 34.3 ov), 3-125 (Usman Khawaja, 42.3 ov), 4-146 (Steven Smith, 48.5 ov), 5-186 (Peter Handscomb, 70.6 ov), 6-188 (Cameron Green, 71.6 ov), 7-192 (Mitchell Starc, 73.3 ov), 8-196 (Alex Carey, 74.1 ov), 9-197 (Todd Murphy, 75.3 ov), 10-197 (Nathan Lyon, 76.3 ov) • DRS
Ravichandran Ashwin20.344432.1400
Ravindra Jadeja3287842.4303
Axar Patel1313302.5300
Umesh Yadav501232.4000
Mohammed Siraj611302.1602

India 2nd Innings 

Rohit Sharma (c)lbw b Lyon1233610036.36
Shubman Gill b Lyon515220033.33
Cheteshwar Pujara c Smith b Lyon591422275141.54
Virat Kohli lbw b Kuhnemann1326352050.00
Ravindra Jadeja lbw b Lyon736350019.44
Shreyas Iyer c Khawaja b Starc2627313296.29
Srikar Bharat †b Lyon38170037.50
Ravichandran Ashwin lbw b Lyon1628352057.14
Axar Patel not out1539640138.46
Umesh Yadav c Green b Lyon026000.00
Mohammed Siraj b Lyon0727000.00
Extras(b 3, lb 4)7
TOTAL60.3 Ov (RR: 2.69)163
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Shubman Gill, 4.6 ov), 2-32 (Rohit Sharma, 14.4 ov), 3-54 (Virat Kohli, 22.4 ov), 4-78 (Ravindra Jadeja, 30.5 ov), 5-113 (Shreyas Iyer, 37.2 ov), 6-118 (Srikar Bharat, 40.1 ov), 7-140 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 48.1 ov), 8-155 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 56.3 ov), 9-155 (Umesh Yadav, 56.5 ov), 10-163 (Mohammed Siraj, 60.3 ov) • DRS
Mitchell Starc711412.0000
Matthew Kuhnemann1626013.7500
Nathan Lyon23.316482.7200
Todd Murphy1461801.2800

Australia 2nd Innings (T: 76 runs)

Usman Khawaja c †Bharat b Ashwin024000.00
Travis Head not out4953776192.45
Marnus Labuschagne not out2858726048.27
Extras(lb 1)1
TOTAL18.5 Ov (RR: 4.14)78/1
Did not bat: Steven Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green, Alex Carey †, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Matthew Kuhnemann 
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Usman Khawaja, 0.2 ov) • DRS
Ravichandran Ashwin9.534414.4700
Ravindra Jadeja712303.2800
Umesh Yadav201005.0000

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