ICC WTC Points Table [Updated] and India's Qualification scenario for WTC 2021-23 Final after IND vs AUS 2nd Test
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ICC WTC Points Table: Team India once again showed to the world that playing in the sub-continent, especially against the Indians, isn’t a piece of cake for everyone as the hosts win the second IND vs AUS test by 6 wickets in the third day itself. With the win, India upped its chances of qualifying for the ICC WTC 2021-23 Final.

India concluded the 2nd IND vs AUS test in nearly one session after bundling out Australia in their second innings on day three. The Aussies played a counter-attacking game last afternoon (day two) and stayed overnight with a score of 61 runs in the loss of 1 wicket. On day three, R Ashwin began his assault with a wicket in the first over of the day itself. The senior off-spinner removed dangerous-looking Travis Head.

Ashwin then trapped Steve Smith leg before wicket in one of his following overs which led to the debacle of the Aussies. While Ashwin was tightening things from one end, Ravindra Jadeja opened his account for the day with the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne and embarked on the two-way destruction.

Following the three initial wickets in the day, Australia lost its plot as R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja went on to pick another three wickets in three consecutive deliveries to make the situation even worse and humiliating for the Aussies. In no time, the spin duo Ashwin and Jadeja wrapped up Australia’s second innings at a score of 113 runs.

In the meantime, Ravindra Jadeja completed his 12th five-wicket haul in test cricket and even registered his best-ever figures in his test career (21.1 Over – 42 Runs – 7 Wickets). While R Ashwin got three in his bag.

Team India had a meagre total to fetch in the second innings, 115 runs and the task was done by the hosts in 26.4 overs. Skipper Rohit Sharma once again looked in sublime touch as he scored brisk 31 runs from 20 balls before getting his hands dirty with an ugly mixup with Cheteshwar Pujara, in which the former had to sacrifice his wicket.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who was playing his 100th test match, remained unbeaten at 31 runs along with Srikar Bharat (23*). Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer scored 20 and 12 runs respectively.

Team India won the IND vs AUS 2nd test match by six wickets and took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the four-match series. Down below is ICC WTC Points Table [Updated] and India’s Qualification scenario for WTC 2021-23 Final after IND vs AUS 2nd Test.

ICC WTC Points Table [Updated]

ICC WTC Points Table
ICC WTC Points Table 2021-23 as of 19-02-2023 | Image: icc-cricket.com

The Delhi test win against Australia helped India gain over two points as the latter’s win percentage now stands at 64.04. Meanwhile, Australia saw its win percentage plummetting from 70.83 to 66.67 following the humiliating loss.

Sri Lanka stands firmly in third position with a 53.33 win percentage followed by South Africa with a 48.72 win percentage. With India inching closer to the ICC WTC 2021-23 final spot, the chances of Sri Lanka and South Africa playing the coveted game seem to plunge.

India’s Qualification scenario for WTC 2021-23 Final

ICC WTC Points Table [Updated] and India's Qualification scenario for WTC 2021-23 Final after IND vs AUS 2nd Test
Team India captain Rohit Sharma and Australia captain Pat Cummins after India defeated Australia by six wickets in 2nd IND vs AUS test. | Getty Image

There will be a slight relief amongst the Indians as they are just one victory away from booking their direct ticket to the ICC WTC 2021-23 Final, which will be held from 7-11 June at The Oval, London. Meanwhile, should India clean sweep Australia in the ongoing IND vs AUS four-match test series, it will head atop the points table with 147 points and a 67.43 win percentage.

On the other side, Australia desperately needs a draw or a victory in one of the remaining two matches of the IND vs AUS test to exclude its competition against Sri Lanka. If Australia fails to bring up a draw or a victory in the last two tests, it will open up room for Sri Lanka to sneak in and get a seat in the ICC WTC 2021-23 Final.

Best possible finish for India: Beat Australia 4-0, finish with 147 points and Win Percentage of 67.43.

Worst possible finish for India: Draw Australia 2-2, finish with 131 points and Win Percentage of 60.6

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