India has taken a decisive lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after winning the first two Tests against Australia. The hosts recorded a massive victory by an innings and 132 runs in the first Test held in Nagpur. In the second Test, India sealed the series by winning with six wickets to spare. With this win, India has edged closer to securing a place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
India’s impressive victory in the second Test has improved their chances of making it to the WTC final. They only need to win one of the remaining two Tests in the series to guarantee their spot in the final. After the Delhi Test win, India’s points percentage in the WTC has increased from 61.66 to 64.06. With ten victories, four losses, and two draws in 16 matches, India is currently in second place.
Australia, on the other hand, is in danger of missing out on the WTC final. They must avoid a 4-0 whitewash to stay in contention for the final, and even then, they will be dependent on other results. After losing the second Test to India, their points percentage has dropped from 70.83 PCT to 66.67, and they are currently the table toppers.
Sri Lanka also has a chance to qualify for the WTC final in June. They will need to win their next two Tests against New Zealand to be in contention for the decider.
To summarise –
- With their victories in the first two Tests against Australia, Team India is now only one win away from securing their place in the World Test Championship final. The hosts exhibited complete dominance in the initial two matches and emerged victorious in both encounters.
- To keep their chances of qualifying for the WTC final alive, Australia must prevent a 4-0 whitewash in the ongoing series against India. Winning at least one of the remaining two matches is crucial for Australia’s qualification.
- Sri Lanka, on the other hand, must secure victories in their final two Tests against New Zealand to remain in contention.