Cricket match date: 06th December 2018
Cricket match time: 05:30 am IST
Cricket match location: Adelaide Oval
Cricket Match format: Test Match
Tournament: India tour of Australia 2018/19
Team A: India
Team B: Australia
Team A Captain: Virat Kohli
Team B Captain: Tim Paine
Cricket Match Preview:
So, it begins again. India’s quest for overseas triumph reaches Australia, where they will look to win the cricket series for the first time ever. Meanwhile, Australia, no matter how depleted they are, would like to continue their dominance over India in home conditions.
Adelaide Oval, the venue for this cricket test match, is where it all began for Virat Kohli the captain. He did everything he could then to help India win the test match but fell short by an agonizing margin. This time again, the series is beginning at Adelaide and India would like to correct the mistakes that were made in the first cricket test matches at South Africa and England this year. They lost their first games in those countries and had to play catch-up for the entire series.
Australia’s pace bowling department is enviable, and India will be wary of it especially considering how their batsmen have fared in overseas conditions this year. Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are a potent threat on any surface but more so in their own backyard. They know that if they can keep Virat Kohli quiet, it will go a long way in deciding the outcome of this series. Another man who is going to be crucial is Nathan Lyon. He has been the best off-spinner in the world for some time now and India will have to bat well against him.
India’s bowling is not too far behind Australia either. Their bowling lineup, consisting of Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, is varied and, keeping in mind the vulnerabilities in Australian lineup, they become even more potent. Ravichandran Ashwin will have to bowl well though. It might be a direct shootout between Ashwin and Lyon and the one who picks up most wickets might help his side win.
Cricket Match Information:
India and Australia will take on each other in the first cricket test match of the four-match cricket series. The first cricket test match will be played at Adelaide Oval, where these two teams played a thriller the last time India toured Australia. The India tour of Australia began with T20 series, which India drew level with Australia 1-1 with one game of cricket getting rained out.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India have gone with the strategy of boosting their batting lineup considering it is the first test match of an away series. Previously, their batting had been exposed in the first test matches played in South Africa and England. Our prediction is they will go with Hanuman Vihari as an additional batsman.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Murali Vijay
- KL Rahul
- Virat Kohli
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Hanuma Vihari
- Rishabh Pant
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Ishant Sharma
- Mohammad Shami
- Jasprit Bumrah
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Australia had a disappointing series in UAE against Pakistan. They are now back in their own country and will have the services of Usman Khwaja, who was out injured. Our prediction is they will go with Nathan Lyon as sole spinner.
Here is our prediction of Australia’s playing XI:
- Aaron Finch
- Marcus Harris
- Usman Khwaja
- Shaun Marsh
- Peter Handscomb
- Travis Head
- Tim Paine
- Mitch Starc
- Pat Cummins
- Nathan Lyon
- Josh Hazlewood
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Virat Kohli had a phenomenal series the last time India toured Australia. On this occasion, he will have all eyes on him and Australia would like to especially target him knowing that he is the backbone of this India team. However, our prediction is, being a champion batsman, he will still find a way to score runs.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Adelaide cricket ground has had a rich history including one of India’s most famous victories overseas. Rahul Dravid and Ajit Agarkar scripted India’s victory in 2003 test match and this Indian team would like to repeat the feat. Our prediction is first innings score of 400 will be crucial for both sides and perhaps it will be the match-winning one.
Nowadays, all the home sides begin the game and series as favourites. Australia will be favourites for this test match as well. India are not known to be great travellers and Australia would like to target that vulnerability. Our prediction is of an Australia victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Usman Khwaja (AUS) – 100+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Nathan Lyon (AUS) – 5 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Usman Khawaja (AUS)
Australia – 2.05
Draw – 5.20
India – 2.40
*odds may change anytime