IND vs AUS WTC Final: Who won India vs Australia Final? Check Man of the Match Award winner

Published on: Jun 11, 2023 5:06 pm IST|Updated on: Jun 11, 2023 5:15 pm IST

Who won IND vs AUS WTC Final 2023

Australia have achieved history having crowned the winners of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 Final as they have registered a sensational 210-run victory over India at the Kennington Oval in London. Without a doubt, it was a complete dominating performance from the Pat Cummins-led team across five days both with the bat and ball which never gave India any real chance at all. The Aussies have now become the only team in the world to win atleast one ICC trophy in each of the three formats of the game.

IND vs AUS WTC Final: Who won India vs Australia Final? Check Man of the Match Award winner

For Australia, there were many extraordinary performances from different players like Smith’s remarkable hundred in the first innings that was followed up with a collective bowling performance in both the innings. However, it was Travis Head who came on the top as his aggressive knock of 163 runs in the first innings definitely proved to be the difference between the two sides. Thus, Head was presented the Man of the Match award in the IND vs AUS WTC Final 2023.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first on a lush green Oval pitch with overcast conditions, Australia batted superbly well on Day 1 of the WTC Final 2023 having scored 327 runs for the loss of just three wickets. The Aussies ended their first innings with a mammoth total of 469 runs where Travis Head and Steve Smith composed a fabulous partnership of 285 runs. Head smashed an incredible knock of 163 runs off 174 balls while Smith also did a commendable job during his 121-run innings. Australia’s wicket-keeper batter Alex Carey and David Warner played crucial knocks of 48 and 43 runs respectively. For India, Mohammed Siraj ended up taking four vital wickets.

On the other hand, India suffered a disappointing batting collapse in the first innings having fallen to 71 for 4 inside 20 overs. The duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja then bailed India a bit out of trouble with a fine stand of 71 runs before the latter was dismissed by Nathan Lyon for a quick-fire knock of 48 runs off 51 balls. Rahane also stitched an excellent century partnership with Shardul Thakur lower down the order to help India finish the follow-on troubles. On his comeback after a gap of as many as 18 months, Rahane contributed with an impressive innings of 89 runs while Thakur too played a brave knock of 51 runs, but India eventually got bowled out for 296 runs and Australia got a big first innings lead of 173 runs.

Aussie captain Pat Cummins led his team from the front having picked up three wickets while the trio of Starc, Boland and Green also took two wickets each. Australia did not had the best of starts with the bat in the second innings having lost both their openers early. Both Marnus Labuschagne and Smith got starts but failed to convert them. The pair of Carey and Starc added a brilliant partnership of 93 runs for the seventh wicket. Carey scored a well-fought half-century and Australia declared with a massive target of 444 runs for India to achieve in the fourth innings.

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In a daunting run-chase, India came out with a positive mindset before Shubman Gill got dismissed after Cameron Green took a really controversial catch in the slips region. India skipper Rohit Sharma was looking in a good touch before he was caught LBW while attempting a sweep shot off Lyon having scored 43 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara got dismissed while playing a very poor shot after which Virat Kohli and Rahane gave a glimmer of hope to the Indian fans with a partnership of 86 runs for the fourth wicket.

On Day 5 of the WTC Final 2023, India lost both Kohli and Jadeja in a single over as Scott Boland produced two wonderful deliveries. Starc then injected the final nail in the coffin with the important wicket of Rahane who looked like a lone warrior during his stay of 46 runs. India were bowled out for 234 runs in the fourth innings as Lyon ended up taking as many as four wickets while Boland also took three vital scalps.

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