India responded strongly after defeat in Adelaide to claim a comfortable victory in Boxing-Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Team India have gained 30 more points after their iconic win against the hosts Australia to make a strong case for themselves in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC).
Indian national team were rattled at the Adelaide Oval in the most unconvincing fashion in their ‘collapse of 36’. The radar on the top two contenders for the WTC finals was shifted to Australia and New Zealand and the Indian side was sidelined after the horrific loss. Now, after the Boxing-Day matches, India is again in the contention alongside Australia and New Zealand.
ICC’s latest tweet stated that New Zealand keep themselves in contention of making it to the final of the ICC World Test Championship after Kiwis clinched a win Pakistan in the first Test in Tauranga. The top two sides at the end of the WTC was supposed to play the final in Lords. Each series of the league is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. Post coronavirus outbreak, ICC included the Percentage of Points rule, according to which the sides with the highest percentage of points will be featuring the finals of the WTC scheduled in June 2021.
While India continues to have the most points, they stay behind Australia on percentage points, which will eventually decide the positions on the table. India bagged 30 points for their eight-wicket win and now has 390 points and a 72.2 percentage of points (PCT). Meanwhile, Australia tops the table with 76.6 PTC with 322 points and New Zealand is behind the Indian side with a PTC of 66.7 with 360 points.