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The final match of the World Test Championship is being played at The Oval ground. Friday was the third day of the competition. Many interesting moments were witnessed on this day. Some gave Indian fans a chance to dance with joy, while some left them disappointed.
On the second ball of the day, the fans were seen holding their heads on Bharat’s wicket, while Shardul and Rahane were seen swinging with joy at the lifeline. Labushen’s nap before batting and Umesh Yadav’s catch drop were also the center of discussion in the dressing room.
In this story, you will read about some of the top moments of the third day…
Bharat bowled on the second ball of the day
Indian team’s wicket-keeper batsman KS Bharat got bowled on the second ball of the third day itself. He was bowled by Australian fast bowler Scott Boland on a good length ball. He was facing the first ball of the day.
Bharat got out after scoring 5 runs in 15 balls.
Shardul got LBW on no ball, got 3 lives
Indian team’s fast bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur got 3 consecutive lives. First he missed 2 catches, after that no ball gave him another chance.
Shardul got his first life on the last ball of the 39th over. Shardul’s bat hit the edge of Boland’s ball and the ball went back. Usman Khawaja, standing at third slip, tried to catch the ball but could not get it.
He got the second Shardul on the second ball of the 44th over. Thakur’s bat edged on the ball of Pat Cummins and the ball went to Cameron Green standing in the back lane. The ball went into the hands of Green, but he could not take the catch.
Thakur got the third life as a no ball. He was lbw by Pat Cummins on the fourth ball of the 60th over. Wickets were also being hit and the umpire gave out, but when the third umpire checked the ball, it was found that it was a no ball, as Cummins’ leg was outside the crease while bowling.
By the time the third umpire signaled no ball, the Australian fielders had gone out of the field considering the Indian team all out. In such a situation, the Australian fielders had to return to the field after being declared a no ball.
Pat Cummins celebrates after dismissing Shardul Thakur, but he later learns that it was a no ball.
Pat Cummins’ foot was outside the crease while throwing the ball.
Warner’s leak Rahane’s catch
India’s top scorer in the first innings Ajinkya Rahane also got a life on the third day. Rahane was left out on the fourth ball of the 55th over. Pat Cummins’ ball hit the edge of Rahane’s bat. The ball went backwards and the ball was dropped due to confusion between wicketkeepers Alex Carey and David Warner standing behind.
David Warner dropped Rahane’s catch at slip. Rahane scored 89 runs.
Green took a flying catch
Australian all-rounder Cameron Green made Rahane walk by catching a flying catch after leaving Shardul’s simple catch. Rahane was dismissed on the last ball of the 62nd over on the delivery of Pat Cummins. Cummins bowls wide at short length, Rahane tries to play the shot but the ball goes backward in the air. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Cameron Green took a brilliant flying catch with one hand.
Standing on the street, Green took a brilliant catch of Shardul. Thanks to this catch, Rahane-Thakur’s 109-run partnership was broken.
Labushen was sleeping in the dressing room, when he opened his eyes, he came to know that batting has come.
David Warner and Usman Khawaja came out to bat in Australia’s second innings. Warner was out on the third ball of the fourth over. Siraj took his wicket.
After Warner’s wicket, it was time for Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne to arrive. But, Labushen was napping. As soon as the wicket fell, Labushen’s eyes opened to the sound of the spectators and he hurried towards the field to bat. The cameraperson captured it on camera.
Marnus Labuschagne sleeping in the dressing room.
Labushen was woken up by Siraj’s wicket. Siraj dismissed Warner.
Steve Smith picked up the fan from his place, the umpire apologized
Australian batsman Steve Smith raised the spectator from his place. Smith was facing India pacer Umesh Yadav in the 21st over when a spectator wearing a red T-shirt and sitting right next to the side screen distracted him. The former Australia captain stopped play and asked the fan to leave his seat. The umpire also apologized with folded hands for this.
Sitting wearing a red T-shirt, Darshan tried to divert Smith’s attention.
At the behest of the batsman and umpires, the security removed the fans from the side screen.
Umesh Yadav dropped the catch of Travis Head, Jadeja took the wicket in the same over
Umesh Yadav dropped the catch of Travis Head. Umesh Yadav dropped the catch of Travis Head on the first ball of the 37th over. Played a slog sweep on the ball of Ravindra Jadeja. Fielding Umesh got the ball in his hands but slipped and got six. Only after this, Jadeja hit the head on the third ball of the over. The ball heads into the hands of Jadeja.