In the opening session of Day 3 of the third Test at the Holkar Cricket Ground in Indore, Australia defeated India convincingly by nine wickets. After losing starter Usman Khawaja on the first ball of the day, Australia was able to win the match thanks to Travis Head’s counterattacking innings of unbeaten 49 off 53.
Marnus Labuschagne, who was still undefeated at 28, provided solid assistance to Head as the pair put together a game-winning stand of 78 for the second wicket. Australia now trails in the four-match series 1-2 after registering their first victory of the tour with this victory. Due to his 11/99 game stats, Nathan Lyon was named Player of the Match. He picked up 8/64 in the second innings to dismiss India at 163, recording his second-best bowling statistics in an inning.
The World Test Championship Points Table has undergone a number of adjustments as a result of Australia’s victory. With 11 wins under their belt and a points percentage of 68.52, they continue to hold the top spot on the table. Australia has qualified for the WTC final, which will begin on June 7 at the Oval in London, thanks to this victory. India is in second place in the points standings with a points percentage of 60.29 and 10 wins despite their defeat in the third Test. To guarantee their place in the WTC final, they must now win the next series’ final Test against Australia.
If India loses the most recent Test, they will have to rely on the outcome of the forthcoming Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which starts on March 9. With five wins and a victory percentage of 53.33, Sri Lanka is third in the points table and is still in the running for the WTC final. To qualify for the WTC final, they must win both of their final two Test matches against New Zealand. They will be eliminated and India will advance if they lose either of the final two games.
Here is how the WTC Points Table reads after Australia’s win-