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India vs. Australia 2020 || 1st Test || Match Prediction and Match Tips

India vs. Australia 2020

1st Test – Thursday, 17th December

Ind vs. Aus Match Prediction:        

India takes on hosts Australia in the first Test of the much-awaited Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday 17th December. As the Australian summer of cricket gradually changes its gear, the much-anticipated day-night test match is all set to kick off. This will be solely the second time the India team will be playing a pink-ball day-night Test.

Both teams enter into the test contest on winning a limited-overs series. Australia won the ODI series 2-1, followed by India winning the T20I series 2-1 against each other. Nonetheless, the five-day test format will be a different ball game completely as per today match prediction.

While the Australian roster appears to have the edge over the Indian team given the home conditions and familiarity of playing in pink-ball Tests, injuries to some key players will work against them. Bearing in mind the fact that India looked in decent touch in the practice game, betting tips claim this game could turn out to be a draw.

This game will end up in a draw.

Team Preview:

Australia, who have an incredible record in pink-ball Tests, has a few worries of their own, as the likes of opening batsman David Warner, Cameron Green, and Will Pucovski are out injured. With these worries at the top of their order, match tips say the Australian squad might not have the same impressive effect on the visitors, at least on paper. However, their sought-after bowling attack led by Pat Cummins might be key as the hosts attack the first blow in the series.

While both sides have batting miseries to take care of ahead of this game, the two bowling lineups are likely to monopolize the limelight for most of this Test as per the betting tips. With some of the most exceptional players taking to the field, an enthralling competition at the Adelaide Oval could be on the cards.

Today match prediction states India has chosen Prithvi Shaw to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal. Cheteshwar Pujara, Captain Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane will complete the top order. At the same time, all-rounders Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin will pair alongside wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha in the middle order. Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah should form the side’s fast bowling attack.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The first match of the 4-match test series will be held at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide. This is the first and only day-night match of this series.

 The pitch at Adelaide should be good for batters, while the pace bowlers will have to exploit the new ball overs as there isn’t likely to be much drive off of the wicket as per the match tips. Although, the pick ball should allow the pacers to extract a considerable amount of swing early on. The spin bowlers will come into play later on in the game, mostly on the fourth and the fifth day. Today match prediction foresees that batting first in the game to pile up runs on the board will be wise. Hence match tips claims, the toss will be critical.

Key Players to watch:

Veteran batsman Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Pat Cummins of the Australian squad will be key players to watch out for this game as per the betting tips. While match tips envisage Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, and Jasprit Bumrah of India will be the vital players.