WTC 2023 Final Day 2 | Watch: Shardul Thakur Claims Crucial Wicket of Steve Smith with Stunning Delivery

A crucial breakthrough for India as Thakur's perfect delivery leaves Smith stunned and contributes to Australia's struggle in the ICC World Test Championship Final.

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In the ICC World Test Championship final, Australia’s prolific batsman Steve Smith reached his century after being on 95 runs at the end of Day 1. Smith, along with Travis Head, was gradually finding his rhythm on a pitch that offered little assistance to the pacers.

Travis Head Steve Smith WTC 2023 Final Day 2 | Watch: Shardul Thakur Claims Crucial Wicket of Steve Smith with Stunning Delivery

Mohammed Siraj unleashed a barrage of short balls, securing the vital wicket of Travis Head. Despite Head’s attempts to counter-attack, he was caught by wicket-keeper KS Bharat, departing after a well-made 163 runs off 174 balls, adding to the chaos at The Oval.

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The Indian bowlers continued to apply pressure, with Mohammed Shami enticing Cameron Green into a cover drive that resulted in a mistimed shot and a catch to slip fielder Shubman Gill. Suddenly, Australia found themselves at 376-5.

Meanwhile, Steve Smith remained resolute at the crease. Taking advantage of loose deliveries, he showcased sublime form, displaying the arduous task of scoring a century in challenging conditions.

Watch: Shardul Thakur Shatters Steve Smith’s Stumps

As the game approached the end of the 98th over, Australia’s score stood at 387-5. Shardul Thakur was introduced into the attack, and on his very first delivery, Smith attempted to guide the ball towards the point region but ended up getting an inside edge, resulting in his stumps being sent flying.

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Steve Smith departed after a remarkable innings of 121 runs off 268 balls, including 19 boundaries. However, Australia still had the services of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, known for their ability to contribute effective cameos to the team’s total. With a target of surpassing 450 runs in the first innings, the challenge would be a substantial one.

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