Australia have further bolstered their position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship Points table with a thumping victory over India in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series. The Tim Paine-led side thrashed the Virat Kohli-led side by eight wickets on Friday to take the lead in the four-match series.
Riding on stunning bowling performances from their pacers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, Australia bowled out India for just 36. It is now India’s lowest total in Tests, lower than the 42 they had scored against England way back in 1974. Not a single batsman managed to touch the double-digit mark during the horror collapse.
Mayank Agarwal’s 9 was the highest score from the Indians in the second innings. For Australia, Hazlewood picked up 5 wickets for just 8 runs while Cummins accounted for 4 wickets. Australia, in reply, went on to win the game by eight wickets. Chasing a modest 90, they crossed the finishing line in 21 overs. Joe Burns regained his form and scored an unbeaten 51. He hit a six to not only finish the game but also complete his fifty.
ICC World Test Championship Points table:
With the latest win, Australia have strengthened their position at the top of the points table which is now being determined by the percentage of points won rather than total points won. As a result, Australia are ahead of India despite having lesser number of points. They are at the top with 83.5% and 326 points. At the start of the series, Australia had 82.2% and 296 points.
India, on the hand, have lost further ground in the race for ICC World Test Championship final. Having started the series at 75%, they have now dropped to 70.5%. New Zealand, England and Pakistan complete the top five.
Here is the ICC World Test Championship points table:
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