Top-order failure leaves India with mountain to climb

Updated: Jun 8 2023 11:07PM

By Bharat Sharma

London, Jun 8 (PTI) The failure of India's famed top-order against a high-quality pace attack in a pressure game put Australia in firm control of the World Test Championship final here on Thursday.

Ravindra Jadeja (48 off 51 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (29 batting off 71) offered hope to the partisan Indian supporters at The Oval with a 71-run stand off 100 balls before the former fell to Nathan Lyon 20 minutes before close of play.

India were reeling at 151 for five at stumps in response to Australia's first innings score of 469, trailing by 318 runs.