WTC final: Pacers help India script comeback, Australia at 422/7 till lunch

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India staged a remarkable recovery in the first session of the second day of the ICC World Test Championship final against Australia at The Oval on Thursday, tight bowling speels from the pace trio of Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur. Their tight spells caused a significant setback for the Australian team, reducing them from a score of 327/3 to 422/7.

Till lunch, Alex Carey was batting on 22 and Pat Cummins on 2. Australia started the day at the overnight score of 327/3, with Steve Smith (95*) and Travis Head (146*) unbeaten.

The duo started the second day with positive intent, and Smith smashed two straight fours in the first over of the day to bring up his 31st Test hundred, his seventh in England.Head also brought up his 150 in just 164 balls. Australia brought up the 350-run mark in the 90th over.

Mohammed Siraj struck early in the session to give India the much-needed breakthrough. Head was caught behind by KS Bharat for 163 (174 balls). His knock consisted of 25 fours and a six. Australia were 361/4.