Team India pulled off a brilliant win against Australia in the second Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy on Sunday, February 19 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. They defeated the visitors by six wickets to go two up in the four-match Test series. Ravindra Jadeja was the Player of the Match, as he took 10 wickets in the match.
India’s win has boosted their chances of qualifying for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) final. The mega-clash will take place from 7 to 11 June with a reserve day in place (12 June), at The Oval in London. Let’s take a look at the WTC final qualification scenario after India’s win in the second Test against Australia.
WTC final qualification scenario:
Team India needs to win at least one of the remaining two Tests in the Border Gavaskar Trophy to qualify for the WTC final. They have a pct of 64.06 with 10 wins. The Rohit Sharma-led team will qualify directly for the final if the series scoreline is 4-0, 3-0, or 3-1. If the Border Gavaskar series ends at 2-2, Team India will go through to the final, only if Sri Lanka fails to win 2-0 against New Zealand. In case, Sri Lanka manages to pull off a 2-0 win, the Island nation will qualify for the final.
Australia, who is leading the table currently with a PCT of 66.66 is likely to be the second finalist. They need atleast one draw in the Border Gavaskar Trophy, or Sri Lanka failing to win 2-0. If Australia fails to secure atleast a draw in the Border Gavaskar Trophy, and Sri Lanka secures a 2-0 win, the latter will be through.
To sum it up, Team India needs atleast one win, while Australia needs atleast a draw to reach the finals directly. If any of the two teams fail to do so, their hopes will depend on the result of the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka test series.
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