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First Innings: India
India are 250 for 9
|2/52 (19.5)||*Hazlewood||O: 87.5|
|2/63 (19.0)||Starc||RR:2.46||Shami||6 (9)|
|run out (Cummins)||87.5|
|c. Handscomb b. Cummins||73.6|
|c. Paine b. Lyon||49.1|
|c. Harris b. Lyon||37.3|
|c. Handscomb b. Hazlewood||20.2|
|c. Khawaja b. Cummins||10.3|
|c. Paine b. Starc||6.6|
|c. Finch b. Hazlewood||1.6|
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|First Innings: India||9/250||RR: 2.46||O: 87.5|
c. Finch b. Hazlewood
c. Paine b. Starc
run out (Cummins)
c. Khawaja b. Cummins
c. Handscomb b. Hazlewood
c. Harris b. Lyon
c. Paine b. Lyon
c. Handscomb b. Cummins
(b 0, lb 1, w 0, nb 0)
The much-awaited first Australia vs India Test of the summer starts today, with the teams set to battle it out on Day 1 at the Adelaide Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 10:30am (AEDT).
Rarely has a tour of Australia been so talked about without there being a show of one-upmanship. Australia captain Tim Paine has walked the walk, at least in the lead-up to the Tests, about wanting to play the game in its right spirit and team India have been happy to oblige.
How things unravel on Day 1 of this opener and the rest of the series is anyone’s guess but, for now, it does look like the majority of the focus is going to be on cricket alone, and not on sledging and unsettling the opposition.
Both teams have named their squads; Australia their playing XI and India their XII. And, by the looks of it, both sides have a similar balance.
Regardless of which XI India settle on, the two teams have bolstered their batting at the expense of an all-rounder; Mitchell Marsh has been given the axe because of his inconsistent form in recent times but that means the hosts will have just four frontline bowlers along with a couple of part-time spinning options.
India lost Hardik Pandya to injury before the start of the series which leaves them with an option to either play an extra batsman or bowler.
They have gone for the former option, and that’s despite having Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom are bowlers who can bat a bit who would have bolstered the Indian order.
These respective decisions could an indicator of a couple of things – either the Adelaide pitch is expected to be a very bowling friendly one, or that both sets of batsmen aren’t feeling too confident going into the Test.
A look at how India have gone in recent times in overseas Tests confirms this. Since the start of 2018, the tourists have played eight overseas Tests and in the 16 innings they have batted have only managed a highest score of 7/352. They’ve passed the 300-run mark just four times.
Australia haven’t played at home since the previous Ashes, but the loss of Steven Smith and David Warner has considerably weakened their batting.
That can also be shown in their individual numbers, with only one batsman since that Ashes series averaging more than 40 – Aaron Finch on 45.25. Among those left following that infamous ball-tampering scandal, Usman Khawaja is the next best on 35.81.
Mind you, batting at home has been a lot easier than the conditions some of Australia’s batsmen faced in South Africa and the UAE but it’s worth noting they will be up against a bowling attack that has been touted as India’s finest fast bowling unit in recent memory.
Virat Kohli remains the key as far as the Indian batting is concerned and almost all the pre-match talk has been centred around him, which gives the other Indian batsmen some quiet time outside the limelight which they can use to garner some form.
For Australia, their pace bowling line-up is one of the best in the world, especially in familiar conditions, but Nathan Lyon’s battle against the Indian batsmen in the absence of a fifth bowler will be one to watch.
The team batting first to have a huge advantage and to go on to win the Test.
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