Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Following a convincing victory against Australia in the second test match of Border-Gavaskar Trophy in New Delhi on Sunday, hosts India inched closer to a berth in the second consecutive World Test Championship (WTC) Final.

Rohit Sharma-led India hammered Australia by six wickets to take their total points tally in the standings to 123 points in 16 matches. They are now 13 points behind table-toppers Australia.

Another victory in the series will take India to 135 points. If this happens in the ongoing series, it will be good enough to take India to a spot in the World Test Championship final which is scheduled to be held at the Oval from June 7.

If Australia manages to avoid a 4-0 whitewash against India, they will automatically qualify for the WTC final provided Sri Lanka does not beat New Zealand 2-0 in their upcoming Test series.

Notably, India rode on spinner Ravindra Jadeja’s best bowling figures in an inning in Test cricket (7/42) along with Ravichandran Ashwin’s (3/59) spin master class in the second innings to beat Australia in just three days. In the process, the hosts take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Australian team was bundled out for just 113 runs in the second innings with only Travis Head (43, 46b, 6x4, 1x6) showing some resistance to the Indian bowlers. India knocked off the required target by losing just four wickets. Skipper Rohit Sharma (31, 20b, 3x4, 2x6) was the highest scorer for the hosts.