WTC 2023 Final: Play of the day from AUS vs IND Test, Day 5

Scott Boland derailed India's chase on the fifth morning after dismissing Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja in one over.

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Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja
Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar)

Australia finally managed to get their hands on the elusive Test mace, the only missing silverware from their illustrious trophy cabinet, after shrugging off India's challenge in the World Test Championship Final at The Oval. Although the Asian giants put up a valiant fight in the fourth innings, Scott Boland's double-wicket over in the morning session of the fifth day derailed the Indian chase. 

Rohit Sharma's side entered the final day of the summit clash after Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane's fluent partnership in the final session of the fourth day revived India's slim chances of victory. The pair started the final day watchfully, with Scott Boland bowling a maiden over to Rahane.

However, the Australian pacer did not waste any time in finding his groove as he almost got rid of Kohli, only for Australia to burn a review after a hopeful shout from Marnus Labuschagne. But the Aussies weren't to be denied as Boland lured Kohli into a false shot just one ball later, which was pounced spectacularly by Steve Smith at second slip.

While Kohli's wicket felt like a body blow to India's chances of scaling a mammoth total, Boland landed another severe dent by dismissing Ravindra Jadeja for a duck with a beautiful delivery in the very same over. That solitary over from Boland pretty much ended India's hopes of ending their trophy drought in ICC tournaments. 

Nathan Lyon's late act with the ball seals Australia's resounding victory in the WTC Final

Australia asserted their dominance after the twin strikes as Mithcell Starc ended India's last hope by dismissing the well-set Ajinkya Rahane. Nathan Lyon then wrapped up the innings to return with a four-for, securing Australia's WTC title at The Oval. Australia's victory meant that they became the first side ever to lay a claim to all the major ICC trophies, sending a warning shot to arch-rivals England ahead of a blockbuster Ashes series.

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