Riding high on a fine all-round performance, India created history at Adelaide when it trounced Australia in the first of the four test match series currently underway Down Under. Captain Kohli and his men couldn’t ask for a better start to a grueling test match series and a cherished dream of a series win against Australia in Australia. In hindsight, the million dollar question is whether team India will breeze past the hosts in the upcoming fixtures or was the performance a mere flash in the pan. However, if general sentiment is something to go by, India will get the better of Aussies again, at least in the second test starting December 14 in Perth.
|Match||Australia Vs India, 2nd Test|
|Match number||Test no. 2334|
|Time||02:20 AM GMT / 10:20 AM LOCAL|
|Venue||Perth Stadium, Perth|
|Match days||14,15,16,17,18 December 2018 (5-day match)|
|Series||India tour of Australia 2018/19|
|TV Umpires||Nigel Llong|
|Reserve Umpire||Sam Nogajski|
|Match Referee||Ranjan Madugalle|
Here are the squads for the match:
India cricket Team
V Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kannanur Lokesh Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav
Australia Cricket Team
Tim Paine, PJ Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, MS Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain
Players to Watch and Match Prediction:
There is good reason to be optimistic about India’s chances in the forthcoming Perth test. India is a well insulated unit with a fine blend of skills, experience and tenacity, and with 1-0 lead, the morale will be high as well. Although it was primarily Pujara’s brilliant century that gave India a breakthrough victory in the previous test, other Indian batsmen are too good to be discounted. The top order, particularly Kohli and Murali, is due for big runs, which may come in the Perth test. The mindset of Rahul and Rohit may be troubling the management, but they are both class acts and can flabbergast oppositions and alter outcomes with their brilliant stroke play.
India is presently served by a battery of world class bowlers that can make the most of the hard, bouncy Australian wickets and bowl the opposition out in both innings. The management will look to Ishant Sharma to intimidate Aussies with his pace and bounce, while Shami and Bumrah would be expected to maintain good line and length to keep opposition batsmen on a tight leash. Ashwin proved yet again that he is India’s best bet when it comes to spin bowling, and the left armer will be keen to repeat his performance. The young chirpy wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant looked good behind the wickets and contributed with the bat as well. However, the management will love to see more runs flowing from his blade in the upcoming test.
Australia, on the other hand, is down but not out. With Steve Smith and David Warner serving exclusion after the ball tempering fiasco, the Kangaroos are playing with probably the weakest batting unit in the recent history. The batting order, featuring Tim Paine, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Finch, and Usman Khawaja has to raise its game to put up a decent total on the board. However, Aussies can take heart from the performance of their bowlers who bowled their heart out to restrict India to a moderate totals in both innings of the first test.