After New Zealand secured a 2-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in Christchurch, India earned their spot in the final of the WTC. They will compete against Australia in the finals. The highly anticipated match will take place at the Oval from June 7-11.
SL out of WTC after the loss against NZ
On Monday, in the first test at Hagley Oval, NZ secured a close victory over Sri Lanka by two wickets. The winning run was scored on the last ball.
As a result of India’s strong performance in the ongoing Test series against Australia at home, their worst possible WTC points percentage is now 57%. Provided there are no penalty points imposed on them for their slow over-rate in the fourth Test.
Despite rain interruptions and failing to dismiss New Zealand on day five of the first Test in Christchurch, Sri Lanka’s chances of achieving a maximum WTC points percentage of 56% are now dependent on a win in the second Test.
India set to play the final for the second time
Indian team secured their place in the WTC final after winning two out of the first three Tests against Australia. They are likely to avoid defeat in the fourth Test, thereby winning the Border-Gavaskar series outright.
India started their WTC journey by winning two out of three Tests against England. The fifth Test of the series was postponed due to Covid. While they lost the rescheduled fifth Test, India performed exceptionally well in the rest of the cycle which led to their qualification for the final.
Their victory in the Border-Gavaskar series sets them up for the final against Australia. It will be played at The Oval in England from June 7. Following this, the winner will be awarded the World Test Championship mace.
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