Labuschagne falls victim to Shami’s first ball post-lunch, bowled! Shami rectifies his slight tendency to bowl shorter during the first session with a splendid delivery. He hones in on a full-length outside off, nearly resembling a half-volley, tempting Labuschagne into a drive he couldn’t resist.
However, the ball takes a sharp inward turn, sneaking past the batsman’s defenses and clipping the off stump. India swiftly dismantles this partnership, claiming the wicket.
The opening session of Day 1 in the World Test Championship (WTC) final concluded with both teams experiencing their fair share of highs and lows. Australia reached a total of 73 runs on the scoreboard with the loss of two wickets by Lunch.
Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith will resume batting after the break. The initial proceedings favored India as Mohammed Siraj dismissed Usman Khawaja for a duck. Subsequently, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne formed a strong partnership, contributing 69 runs for the second wicket.
However, Warner was eventually dismissed for 43 runs off 60 balls, falling victim to Shardul Thakur after an impressive display of wicketkeeping skills by KS Bharat.