The Australian cricket team dominated the first day of the World Test Championship final at The Oval on Wednesday, dominating the Rohit Sharma-led India. At stumps, Australia had 327/3 with Travis Head undefeated on 146 and Steve Smith batting on 95. Australia will have the upper hand going into the second day. The day began with three wickets for Indian pacers, but by the second session, Head and Smith were playing with assurance as Australia cruised.
Australia scored 73 runs in the first session, losing two wickets, and 97 runs in the second session, losing one wicket. Australia scored 157 runs at 4.62 runs per over in the third session.
“India appeared exhausted in the final session.” They appeared depressed. “They’re looking at 550-600 with Travis at 146 and Steve Smith at 95,” Sunil Gavaskar stated on Star Sports at the close of the day’s play.
On the first day of the World Test Championship Final versus India, Australia reached 327 for 3 at stumps. At the close of play on Day 1, Travis Head and Steve Smith were batting on 146 and 95, respectively, as Australia accumulated 157 runs in the final 34-over session without losing a wicket. The pair accumulated 251 runs for an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 251 runs.
Earlier, Australia, who had been called to bat, had accumulated 97 runs in 28 overs for the loss of one wicket in the post-lunch session. At lunch, they were 73 for 2 after opener David Warner hit 43 off 60 balls.
On the day, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur each took a wicket.
Brief Scores: Australia 327 for 3 in 85 overs (David Warner 43, Travis Head 146, Steve Smith 95; Mohammed Siraj 1/67, Shardul Thakur 1/75, Mohammed Shami 1/77).