India achieve top spot in WTC 2023-2025 points table after Pakistan’s crushing defeat against Australia in first Test

India achieve top spot in WTC 2023-2025 points table after Pakistan’s crushing defeat against Australia in first Test

Australia asserted its dominance over Pakistan in the first Test of the ongoing three-match series on December 17, clinching a resounding 360-run win. Led by Shan Masood, the Pakistani team faced a humiliating defeat, getting all out for 89 runs in the second innings while attempting to chase down a formidable target of 450 runs.

During the fourth day’s play in Perth, the Pakistani batting lineup experienced a shocking collapse, with all 10 batters dismissed within 30.2 overs. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood from the Australian side claimed three wickets each, while Nathan Lyon sent two batters back to the pavilion. Lyon’s historic achievement of reaching 500 Test wickets marked a significant moment in the match, making him the eighth bowler to achieve this feat and the third Australian after Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

The defeat in the first Test not only dealt a blow to Pakistan’s pride but also cost them their sole possession of the No. 1 position in the World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle. Starting with a 100% record before the Perth Test, Pakistan’s standing now dropped to 66.67%. They now share the top spot in the points table with arch-rival India, the current world No. 1 Test team.

Following this development, New Zealand and Bangladesh, who recently played a 1-1 draw in a two-match Test series, hold the third and fourth positions with 50%. Meanwhile, Australia, the defending champions of the World Test Championship, occupies the fifth position with 41.67%.

Australia secured their championship title by defeating India in the 2023 final earlier in the year. The Aussies emerged victorious at the Oval in London from June 7 to 11, winning by 209 runs. This marked India’s second consecutive loss in the WTC final, having previously suffered defeat in the 2021 final against New Zealand.

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