The Test series between two great rivals India and Australia is all set, to begin with, the day and night test at Adelaide. Ahead of the historic test match we bring you all the fantasy Tips, Predicted XI, Top fantasy picks and much more.
Match Timings: 9: 30 am IST
Venue: Adelaide Oval
The match will be telecasted on Sony Ten network and viewers can also see the live match on Sony Liv App.
India won the last Test series in Australia but this time around it is expected to be a different ball game. Key players of Australia are again back in their squad which make them slight favourites in the Test series. The hosts have some score to settle against India who dominated them in their backyard in the last tour.
On the other hand, India needs to start the Test series a positive note. India like playing Tests at Adelaide and they will be hoping to strike early in the series so that it becomes a little easier for them going ahead in the series. If India ends up losing the test convincingly, Australia is expected to dominate them in the entire Test series. It will also be fascinating to see how India play with the pink ball for the first time away from home.
Head To Head
Overall- 98 matches
Australia won- 42
India won- 28
The conditions are expected to be partly cloudy in the next 4-5 days during the Test match.
Average First Innings Score
Between 300-350 runs
Injury and Availability News
India has surprised everyone by announcing the playing XI one day before the match. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal will play as openers and Wriddhiman Saha has been selected as the wicket-keeper ahead of Rishabh Pant.
Australia is likely to give the debut cap to all-rounder Chris Green. In David Warner’s absence, Matthew Wade is supposed to open alongside Joe Burns in the first match.
Fantasy Tips – Australia vs India
India: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravi Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami.
Australia: Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (C&WK), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Australia vs India – Top Fantasy Picks
Steve Smith: When it’s a test match you just can’t look beyond Steve Smith. The legendary Aussie batsman has a staggering record against India in Test and is again the dangerman with the bat for the visitors.
Josh Hazelwood: The fast bowler was in brilliant form during the white-ball series against India. Hazelwood has tasted success against India even in Test matches and he will again be a massive warning for the Indian batsman with the pink ball.
Cheteshwar Pujara: The last test the two sides played at Adelaide, Pujara rose to the occasion and scored one of the best match-winning hundreds. The number 3 batsman has a terrific record against Australia in Test which he will be keen to continue in the first Test.
Mohammed Shami: If there is any Indian fast bowler that can use the conditions to his advantage at Adelaide, it’s Mohammed Shami. The fast bowler should be part of your fantasy team as he will be the biggest threat for Australia, especially under lights with the swinging pink ball.
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks
Captain: Steve Smith
Vice-Captain: Cheteshwar Pujara
Fantasy 11 Team
Wicket-Keeper – Tim Paine
Batsmen – Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mayank Agarwal
All-Rounders – Cameron Green
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins, R. Ashwin.
Australia looks the firm favourites to win the opening Test and take a 1-0 lead in the series.