Team India has made their way to the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final easy with their victory against England in the 3rd Test. Riding on a comprehensive show, they have now taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series and has also spoiled England’s chances of qualifying for the final. Anything but defeat in the final Test will do the job for India.
With a rampaging 10-wicket victory in the 3rd Test on Thursday, Virat Kohli and Co have made it a two-horse race to meet New Zealand in the final – Australia vs India. The ICC WTC Final will be played in London from June 18 this year.
Trailing 0-1 against the visitors in the Test series, India turned the rubber on its head dramatically. They won the 2nd Test by 317 runs, which was India’s biggest win by runs against England. They won the 3rd Test within two days and have topped the ICC WTC rankings.
As it stands, India have now 490 points with a points percentage of 71.01%. They have actually bettered New Zealand’s points percentage of 70% (420 overall).
As per ICC WTC rules, India’s target, before the series had started, was to earn 70 points. They came into the third Test with 30 points for a win and a loss, they needed to win the series 2-1 or 3-1. With the 3rd Test win the hosts are now 2-1.
India, however, if they lose the final Test against England won’t be able to qualify for the WTC Final. As a result, Australia will automatically qualify for the final as they sit at 3rd in the points table with 69.17 points percentage (332 overall).
For Joe Root and England, they can spoil India’s party and make way for their Ashes counterpart Australia to face the Kiwis. As for India, a 3-1 result will assure the finals berth. Virat Kohli and Co don’t have to worry about being docked points for slow over-rates or anything else.