Australia dominated India on the opening day of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Oval in London Rohit Sharma won the coin toss and elected to bowl first. At the end of the game, the Aussies showed absolute control with Travis head And Steve Smith lead the charge. Head went unbeaten with 146 runs, while Smith, on the cusp of his 31st Test century, scored an impressive 95 not out as Australia finished the day’s game at 327/3.
India performed well in the first session as Australia were in trouble and had lost three wickets for 76. However, Smith and Head completely changed the game with their unbeaten partnership of 251 runs for the fourth wicket.
Head showed why he is regarded as a formidable batsman as he delivered one of the most exceptional Test innings against India. Notably, the left-handed explosive hitter became the first player to hit a century in a WTC final. While Head took on the role of aggressor, forging a hard-fought partnership with Smith, the latter played a supporting role until he reached his half-century.
Towards the end of the opening day play, Smith demonstrated his skills by taking a series of delightful shots. Taking advantage of India’s sluggish over-tempo, he maximized a few extra minutes on the pitch. Currently, Smith is just 5 runs away from achieving his 31st Test century and his 9th triple-figure score against India.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
This game is currently in Australia’s camp. For India to come back, the new ball needs to change things in the first hour. If not, tired legs can feel even more tired very quickly.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 7, 2023
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) June 7, 2023
— Munaf Patel (@munafpa99881129) June 7, 2023
Going from regularly bowling 4 overs to bowling 15-20 overs a day is a big jump. #INDvsAUS
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 7, 2023
Fifty in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup.
100 in 2015 World Cup semi-final.
Fifty in 2015 World Cup final.
Fifty in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.
Fifty* in WTC Final 2023.
Steve Smith is a big game player, stands tall for Australia. pic.twitter.com/83OVXZpPJM
— Jans. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 7, 2023
It was at The Oval in 2019 that Travis Head lost his place in the Australian XI when Justin Langer took him for a walk on the ground. Here he is four years later, standing upright as the very first centurion in a #WTC Final & prove he is here to stay. Sensational innings pic.twitter.com/MAagNOOejz
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) June 7, 2023
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) June 7, 2023
The dominance of Steven Smith and Travis Head from the 2nd session.
Both have entered into a 251* partnership! pic.twitter.com/RuMQE5lZf9
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 7, 2023
India started well, but the duo of Head and Smith kept the bowlers at bay for the rest of the day. 🤯
Hoping for a strong comeback from #TeamIndia on day 2️⃣.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) June 7, 2023
In WTC Final history:
•Highest Team Score – 267/3* by AUS.
•Highest individual score – 107* per capita.
•First Centurion – Travis Head.
•First 100 Collaboration – Head & Smith.
•Two player second 50+ first time – Head & Smith. pic.twitter.com/FYX9LEzCu6
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) June 7, 2023
End to a grueling first day of the #WTC23 Last! ⚔️
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) June 7, 2023
😭 Travis Head Today: pic.twitter.com/s5NTzgnVDM
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) June 7, 2023
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