Kohli & Co. would be all set to lock horns with the likes a frailing Australian lineup who would be playing in their own turf without the assistance of Steve Smith and David Warner in the middle. The duo’s absence from the playing XI makes the Men in Blue the hot favorites for the four-match duels, the first of which would commence from 6th December in the conditions of Adelaide. Here’s a pre-match writeup in the form of India vs Australia 1st Test Preview shedding light on the proceedings that might unravel at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.
India vs Australia 1st Test Preview
Match Time: 10:30 AM Local, 5:30 AM IST, 12:00 AM GMT.
Match Date: 6th December, 2018.
Match Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.
The Indian batting order would be heavily dependent on the top-order trio of Vijay, Rahul and Pujara for laying a concrete foundation. In case, any of the aforementioned fail to leave an impact over the opposition, the task of ensuring the same would fall straightaway onto the shoulders of an in-form Kohli and an equally competent Pujara, who’ve had some mind-boggling performances in the tour of England.
Thus, they’d be expected to emulate the same in the first Test at Adelaide, and set a winning platform for the Indian side in the games to come.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami would be the key performers from the bowling unit who would hold the key for an Indian conquest at Adelaide. The former’s proficiency in generating reverse swing deliveries could trouble the Aussie batsmen on numerous occasions.
Also, one mustn’t forget the presence of Ishant Sharma who holds an ample amount of experience whilst bowling in the Australian conditions.
India’s predicted XI for the 1st Test
Chris Tremain and Aaron Finch could be expected to open up the innings from the Australian front. If not Finch, then Usman Khawaja could be anticipated to slip into the opener’s shoe on account of his terrific performances in the Tests held in UAE. Shaun Marsh would be another one of Australia’s key players in the much-coveted duel at Adelaide, whose exhibitions could give the hosts a massive advantage over the touring XI.
The likes of Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood would be expected to rip off the Indian lineup from the very instant. For the past couple of years, the trio has enjoyed a terrific run in the red-ball contests, and would be expected to replicate a similar show at Adelaide which could ultimately give the hosts a 1-0 lead over the touring Indian lineup.
Australia’s predicted XI for the 1st Test
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