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India vs Australia Score, WTC Final 2023 Day 3: Aus 123/4 at Stumps, Lead by 296

India vs Australia, WTC Final 2023 Updates, Day 3: Ravindra Jadeja dismissed the centurions of first innings.

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  • India and Australia are competing in the 2021-23 ICC World Test Championship final, which is being played in England's Oval.

  • After being asked to bat first, Australia scored 469 runs.

  • India scored 296 runs in their first innings.

  • At the end of Day 3, Australia are 123/4, enjoying a lead of 296 runs.

  • Marnus Labuschagne is unbeaten on 41.

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10:40 PM , 09 Jun

India vs Australia Live Score: Australia End Day 3 on 123/4

One-Two-Three-For-Four.

No, we are not going back to pre-school, this is what Australia's scorecard reads at the end of Day 3. Analysing the day's play, it will be difficult to pinpoint who will be the happier of the two outfits.

Finding themselves with backs to the wall, the Indians put up a commendable fight, led by the pairing of Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur. And then, Ravindra Jadeja came up trumps to dismiss both of first innings' centurions.

Yet, keeping the game in perspective, Australia will be fairly comfortable. Marnus Labuschagne is looking in good touch, being nine runs away from a half-century, whilst his team is only four runs away from taking a 300-run lead.

Hence, the big question for tomorrow will be about Australia's approach. Will they go all guns blazing to take the lead to over 400, and declare around lunch time? Or, rather, will they try to play it out cautiously, in order to avoid any possible collapse? And, most importantly, at what point will they consider declaring, should India not pick up the next six wickets soon?

Questions aplenty, but don't worry, all answers will be furnished tomorrow. We will be back with all the live updates from Day 4 of this World Test Championship final. Till then, enjoy a great night's sleep.

Score at the end of Day 3: Australia 123/4, leading by 296 runs. Labuschagne is not out on 41, Cameron Green is batting on 7.

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10:09 PM , 09 Jun

India vs Australia Live Score: Head Falls

NO MORE TRAVBALL!

Are Australia going a bit too gung-ho here? Are they somehow bringing India back in the hunt?

Travis Head started his innings in the usual Travis Head style, but he will not cause the Indians as much trouble as he did a couple of days ago. Instead, he falls prey to Ravindra Jadeja while batting on 18.

Australia are 112/4.

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9:34 PM , 09 Jun

India vs Australia Live Score: Smith Gone

WICKET!

Right, we might have jinxed Steve Smith. Just when he was looking indomitable, Ravindra Jadeja triggers his unceremonious downfall. The batter goes for a big hit, but could not get the proper connection and ended up giving a fairly simple catch to Shardul Thakur.

Australia are 86/3.

9:18 PM , 09 Jun

India vs Australia Live Score: Smudge & Smudge Jr. Going Strong

How quickly has the glimmer of hope evaporated into thin air?

When Usman Khawaja took the long walk back to pavilion, it did seem that India might be able to script a comeback, an unforeseen turnaround of sorts, with quick wickets.

Yet, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, or as we have referred to them as in the headline, Smudge and Smudge Jr. had some very contrasting plans. Both have found their footing, with the former batting on 32 and the latter batting on 34.

Australia are now 83/2, with a lead of 256 runs. A minimum of 28 overs left in day's play. India have entered the now-or-never corridor.

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Published: 09 Jun 2023, 1:14 PM IST
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