How Team India can qualify for WTC final after an innings and 132-run win over Australia in 1st Test?

Rohit Sharma and co. need two more victories in the three matches left of the ongoing series to guarantee themselves minimum points percentage of 62.50%.


How Team India can qualify for WTC final after an innings and 132-run win over Australia in 1st Test?

IND vs AUS

India’s win by an innings and 132 runs helped them to get an inch closer to qualifying for their second consecutive ICC World Test Championship final. India thrashed the visitors in the first Test in Nagpur on Saturday (February 11) to stand at the points table at 61.67%, while Australia are still at the top with 70.83%.

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India’s win also eliminated England and West Indies from the qualifying scene, while Sri Lanka and South are still in contention but their chances to play the final will be depending on the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

Australia’s defeat in all four Tests will leave them with a point percentage of 59.64%, given that they don’t lose points on the over-rate penalty. If they lose points on over-rate penalty, then they will be depending on the two-match series between third-placed Sri Lanka versus New Zealand, which will start next week.

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How Team India can qualify for WTC final after an innings and 132-run win over Australia in 1st Test?
IND vs AUS

Australia’s victory in any of the three Tests would help them have 64.91% and if they finish with a draw, then they will finish at 61.40%, again with no points lost on over-rate. It will be enough for them to qualify for the final ahead of Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and co. need two more victories in the left three matches of the ongoing series to guarantee themselves minimum points percentage of 62.50%. Their qualification for the final will then knock out Sri Lanka.

If Sri Lanka win in New Zealand (they won just two games in 19 matches in New Zealand) then they’ll have 61.1%, so they’ll be relying on Australia’s victory in the remaining three matches. If Australia win in the three matches, then Sri Lanka will reach the second spot. Sri Lanka would want the Aussies to win in at least two of the three matches. If Sri Lanka sweep the Kiwis 2-0 plus with Australia’s win in two matches will take them to 60.64%.

Team Points
Australia 70.83%
India 61.67%
Sri Lanka 53.33%
South Africa 48.72%

Talking about the first Test between India and Australia, the latter were skittled out for 177 runs in their first innings owing to Ravindra Jadeja‘s five-wicket haul. India, with Rohit Sharma’s century and half-centuries from Jadeja and Axar Patel, reached 400. Ravichandran Ashwin was unplayable, and soon Pat Cummins and co. were destroyed for just 91 runs in their second innings.

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