At the end of the first day of the World Test Championship Final against India on Wednesday, Australia had an outstanding 327 for 3 at Stumps.
Both T. Head and S. Smith displayed remarkable batting prowess on Day 1, finishing with scores of 146 and 95 not out, respectively, without having been dismissed. During the last session, Australia was successful, scoring 157 runs without losing a wicket in a total of 34 overs. Together, Head and Smith, for the fourth wicket, added an astounding 251 runs to the team’s total. S. Thakur, M. Siraj, and M. Shami all took out a batsman on the day.
Test Championship Final Weather Report
According to AccuWeather, the weather report for the first three days of the Test match is predicted to have dry weather. The remaining two days of the game, though, could be impacted by rain. During the first two days of the match, the weather is expected to be mostly sunny and pleasant, while on the third day, just some of the sky will be sunny.
The weather report for the fourth day of the Test match (Saturday) indicates the possibility of a few showers and a thunderstorm in the afternoon. The afternoon and evening sessions of the day’s play are most vulnerable to interruption from this weather pattern. There is a 72% chance of precipitation on Friday, and that rises to 88% on day five. Morning showers and a thunderstorm are forecast for the last day.
Fortunately, the five-day Test includes a reserve day in case bad weather forces the cancellation of any of the scheduled days. Interestingly, the reserve day was used before at the Test Championship Final two years ago, when the first day of play was cancelled due to rain.
What Happened on Day 1 of the ‘Ultimate Test’?
T. Head hit a century in 106 balls, and S. Smith finished his half-century to give Australia full control on Day 1 of the Test Championship Final. After P. Cummins and his team lost three wickets in the second session, the pair put together a vital partnership for the fourth wicket. India had a good start to the day. In the first session, speedy M. Siraj bowled Usman Khawaja for 0 runs.
Then, opener D. Warner and M. Labuschagne held the fort. They scored 69 runs together before the Aussie southpaw was out for 43 (60). Early in the second session, M. Shami got rid of Labuschagne for 26.
Eventually, Smith and Head made sure that Australia stayed close to a huge first innings score. On Day 1 of the ‘Ultimate Test’ at The Oval, Head and Smith put together an amazing 251 runs off 370 balls.