India lost the final of the World Test Championship to Australia by 209 runs on Sunday at the Oval in London.
India whole team bowled out for 234 runs in their second innings on the fifth day of the match while chasing a target of 444 runs.
Spinner Nathan Lyon and Fast Bowler Scott Boland were the chief destroyers of Indian Batting line in the second innings with four and three wickets, respectively.
Indian batters got starts but none of them were able to stay at the wicket for a long period of time. Rohit Sharma (43) Virat Kohli (49) and Ajinkya Rahane (46) were the prominent contributors for India.
All cricket logic was against India as they resumed on 164-3, needing a further 280 runs to reach what would be a record-breaking total, with the highest made by any side to win in the fourth innings in 146 years of Test history the West Indies’ 418-7 against Australia at St John’s in 2003.
However, Boland took two wickets in three balls, including the prize scalp of star batter Virat Kohli, in the first session of the final day.
Kohli had added just five runs to his overnight score when, on 49, his edged drive off a wide ball from Boland was brilliantly caught by Steve Smith, diving to his right at second slip.
Two balls later, Ravindra Jadeja fell for a duck, caught behind after nicking a superb Boland delivery that seamed away against the angle.
India lost their last seven wickets for the addition of just 70 runs as Australia completed a comprehensive victory.
In the final of WTC 2023, Australia scored 469 runs in their first innings. Meanwhile, the Indian team could only manage to score 234 runs. After taking the lead, Australia scored 278 runs for 8 wickets and declared their innings, setting a target of 434 runs. However, while chasing the target, the entire Indian batting lineup collapsed, managing only 296 runs.