India had a topsy-turvy Day 3 as the Men in Blue scored 296 and gave Australia a massive lead of 173 runs. India’s top order failed which didn’t help the team. Virat Kohli was looking ominous but Mitchell Starc outclassed him. Virat Kohli‘s rare failure hurt the team as he was dismissed on 14 runs in 31 balls.
It was Ajinkya Rahane, the right-handed batter, who played a stellar knock of 89 runs in 129 balls and struck 11 fours and 1 six. Rahane formed a critical partnership with Shardul Thakur of 109 runs as at one stage, India were reduced to 152-6
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Shardul Thakur played a spectacular knock of 51 runs in 109 balls on an uneven surface. The right-handed batter took calculative risks during his innings and also coped blows on his forearm but that didn’t stop him from smashing the bowlers.
It was a collective effort from Australia’s bowling unit. Surprisingly, Nathan Lyon was given only 4 overs despite taking the key wicket of Ravindra Jadeja. Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 scalps and gave away 83 runs in his 20-over spell.
Watch- Virat Kohli Gives Pep Talk To Team India
The star cricketer Virat Kohli was seen giving a pep talk to his teammates before the 3rd session on Day 3. Notably, Indian players have been heavily criticized for their poor body language at the WTC final and Kohli’s pep talk definitely charged them up to be aggressive on the field in the high-profile game.
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The lengthy pep talk given by Virat Kohli can perhaps bring back the winning spirit. The billion people would be hoping that the bowlers create havoc as batting 4th on the surface won’t be easy by any means as a target around 300 would be a chaseable.