India and Australia are squaring off with each other in the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) at the Oval, England. The game was dominated by the Pat Cummins-led side on the first two days as they batted and bowled staggering well.
But after being 151/5 at the Stumps on Day 2, India staged a great comeback in the first session of Day 3 as Ajinkya Rahane (89) and Shardul Thakur showed great grit and resilience and batted beautifully to keep their side in the hunt.
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Pat Cummins trapped Shardul Thakur in lbw at the stroke of the lunch and was given out by the umpire. But to his disappointment, it was a no-ball as he overstepped the line and the batter survived. He didn’t express his frustration right after that. But it was visible on the last ball before lunch.
As Shardul Thakur defended the last ball, Pat Cummins kicked the ball in frustration. He was extremely disappointed with himself as this was not the first time he picked a wicket on no ball in this match. A similar thing happened last day as he trapped Ajinkya Rahane in no ball but he bowled a no ball.
Here’s the video of Pat Cummins kicking the ball in frustration:
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ICC World Test Championship Final: Ajinkya Rahane departs after scoring valiant 89 runs
Ajinkya Rahane batted exceptionally well under tremendous pressure in the all-important WTC Final against India. He bailed India out of trouble with his exceptional knock. He came to bat when India was tottering at 50/3 and then helped them avoid the follow-on.
Ajinkya Rahane showed great grit against the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Scott Boland and made sure that he sets the stage on fire in his comeback. He stitched a crucial partnership with Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur. He ended with the knock of 89 runs in 129 balls to take India close to Australia’s score.