INDIA: The India team crushed Australia by an innings and 132 runs in the opening Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Saturday, moving closer to claiming a spot in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final.
India won the match in three days thanks to five-wicket hauls from Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in the first and second innings, respectively.
With the victory, India improved their win percentage in the WTC points table and established a 1-0 series lead after the first of four games.
India is now second on the table, behind Australia, with a victory percentage of 58.93 going into the first test.
India currently has a win percentage of 61.67, while Australia, which required a draw to secure a spot in the WTC final, had its win percentage fall from 75.56 to 70.83.
India, who finished second in the previous WTC competition, must win at least two of the final three Border-Gavaskar matches in order to secure their spot.
South Africa and Sri Lanka, who are ranked third and fourth in the table, have a slim chance of winning the WTC.
Sri Lanka faces off against New Zealand in a two-match Test series with a victory percentage of 53.33.
South Africa has a victory percentage of 48.72 while hosting the West Indies during a two-match Test series.
The WTC championship race is now over for England, the West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Bangladesh.
The BGT has now heated up more, and the remaining tests will grab more attention as Australia is in a lot of trouble and is expected to make a comeback.
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