Australia might have dominated India in all three departments of the game in the 2023 World Test Championship (WTC) final against India so far at the Oval, but they faced an embarrassing moment on the third day of play on Friday (June 9) as they were forced to return to the field having earlier assumed the Indian innings was over.

After a LBW call against Mohammed Siraj from a Cameron Green delivery was given out by the on-field umpire, the Pat Cummins-led outfit walked off the field, assuming it was a chance review. However, replays left the Australian team almost inside the changing room stunned, as there was a huge edge, which meant the decision was reversed and India’s innings continued.

The crowd at the Oval was irked by Australia’s action and the complacency shown by them. The spectators made their feelings known by booing the Baggy Greens as they made their way back into the playing area to complete the inning. India were able to add two runs to their tally before Mitchell Starc dismissed Siraj in the next over.

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Talking about the match, Australia put up a massive score of 469 on the board, with Steve Smith and Travis Head both scoring centuries following India’s decision to bowl first. Siraj took a four-wicket haul.

In reply, India’s top order crumbled before a counter-attack effort from Ravindra Jadeja, which saw him score 48 runs in just 50 balls. Later, Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur put up a 100-run partnership to ensure India avoided the follow-on. Rahane scored 89 on his comeback, while Thakur made a half-century.

Australia have lost four wickets while closing in on a 300-run lead in their second innings. Both first-inning centurion Smith and Head lost their wickets to Ravindra Jadeja in the final session of play.

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