India made a gradual step towards securing the top spot in the ICC World Test championship table after beating Australia by 6 wickets in the 2nd Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Delhi on Sunday. The win in the second Test was also India’s 100th win over Australia across formats in international men’s cricket.
India’s points percentage climbed from 61.66 to 64.06 with their tenth win in 16 matches in the 2021-23 WTC cycle. Meanwhile, table-topper Australia saw its lead diminishing from 70.83 PCT to 66.66. It was once again Indian off-spinners who did most of the talking as R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja left Aussie batters completely clueless in both innings.
The Ashwin-Jadeja duo bagged 16 wickets in the 2nd Test match. While batting first, Pat Cummins-led side posted a good 263-run on board.
In response, Team India was restricted to 262 as Nathan Lyon bagged a five-wicket haul. In the 2nd innings of batting, Australia started off well on the back of Marnus Labuschagne (35) and Travis Head (43) but Day 3 of the Test brought the best of Indian spinners. Such was the quality of Indian spinners that except for Labuschagne and Travis Head, none of the Aussie batters could reach a double-digit mark.
In reply, India chased down the target in the 2nd session to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The hosts are now one win away from qualifying for the WTC final for the second time on the trot. A 3-1 series win against Australia would just be enough for India to finish with a PCT of 61.92 and qualify for the final alongside the Aussies. Let’s take a look at the updated points table of the World Test Championships 2021-23 cycle after the 2nd Test between India and Australia.