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India’s WTC dream shattered after losing by 209 runs in WTC Final 2023

India lost the WTC final 2023 in the Ind vs Aus match that took place at Oval Ground in England from June 7. Australia won by a significant margin of 209 runs. India won the toss and chose to bowl first. In response, Australia set a target of 469 runs for India. Where Tervis Head scored 163 runs, while Steve Smith played outstanding innings of 121 runs. This was Steve Smith’s 9th century against India and Tervis Head’s first century.

After Australia finished their innings, the Indian batsmen who came out to chase the big target didn’t have a good start, and the top-order batsmen failed completely. However, Ajinkya Rahane, who came at number 5, steadied the innings along with Ravindra Jadeja. Both players formed a strong partnership. Unfortunately, Jadeja got out to Nathan Lyon’s sharp delivery.

After Jadeja’s dismissal, Shardul Thakur entered in the crease and played an excellent innings alongside Ajinkya Rahane. Thanks to Rahane and Shardul, where team India managed to score 296 runs in first innings. Where Rahane contributed 89 runs, Shardul Thakur played 51 runs inning, and Ravindra Jadeja contributed 48 runs.

As soon as the Indian team was all out on 296 runs, it seemed like the Australian team was on track to win the match. Australia obtained a significant lead of 173 runs in the first innings. Now, its depends on Indian bowlers to stage a comeback in the match. However, Australia performed well in the second innings and declared the innings at 270 runs. Now, India had the daunting task of chasing a massive target of 444 runs to win the WTC Final 2023.

India made a poor performance in the 2nd innings

While chasing a target of 444 runs on the fourth day, the Indian team lost its first wicket before tea time. Indian captain Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara then formed a partnership, but Rohit played a wrong shot and got out early. Following Rohit’s dismissal, even Cheteshwar Pujara couldn’t stay on the pitch and lost his wicket.

After losing three wickets, a strong partnership formed between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. By the end of the fourth day’s game, the Indian team scored 164 runs while losing three wickets. On the fifth day, now the responsibility on Indian batters, to get the team back in the game and win the WTC Final 2023, India need 280 runs on the last day.

However, the superheroes of the IPL failed to perform in WTC final. India lost seven wickets before lunch, and as a result, Australia became the World Test champions for the first time and where the Indian cricket team shattered every indian dream after lose the WTC final of 2023. With this victory, Australia became the only team to won all formats of the ICC tournament.

In the past 10 years, India has lost eight important matches organized by the ICC. Among these eight matches, two were finals of the ICC Test Championship, two were semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup, two were semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, one was the final of the Champions Trophy, and one was the final of the T20 World Cup.

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