Australia crush India by 209 runs in World Test Championship final

Australia dashed India’s hopes for a final-day miracle, securing a 209-run victory in the World Test Championship (WTC) ultimate at The Oval. With a large target of 444 runs set by Australia, India wanted 280 runs on Sunday to claim victory. Despite the enthusiastic assist for Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane as they resumed India’s second innings at 164-3, Australia’s bowlers, led by Scott Boland, swiftly dismantled the Indian batting order, dismissing the top-ranked staff for 234 before the lunch break.
Quick for 49 in the seventh over of the day, caught at second slip by Steve Smith off Boland’s fast bowling, signalled the start of the tip for India. Boland also claimed Ravindra Jadeja’s wicket in the same over. With Kohli’s departure, it grew to become clear that Australia would emerge as first-time world test champions.
Rahane, who had scored 20 in a single day, reached forty six before edging Starc behind, initiating the collapse of the last five Indian wickets within half-hour before the scheduled lunch. Boland’s two wickets set the stage for Australia’s celebrations, while Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon each claimed two wickets within the morning session. Wicketkeeper Alex Carey took four catches within the innings.
India’s final seven wickets fell for just 70 runs on the final day, resulting in their second consecutive defeat in the WTC ultimate. Australia’s victory marks the capture of the one main men’s cricket title that had beforehand eluded them..

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