India started this calendar year with a test against South Africa in South Africa. Hosts lost three wickets for just 10 runs. But they ended up scoring 286 in first innings. India fought hard to score 209 with the help of Hardhik Pandya. Then Indian bowlers brought their team into fray by restricting hosts for just 130 runs. India were comfortable chasing 208 until they lost Kohli when they are on 71/3 in second innings. India would have won the series had they the played first test gingerly.
Target Virat Kohli
Apart from Kohli no batsmen from Indian team were able to score runs in series against England and South Africa. So Australians target would be Kohli. But Kohli has very fond memories at Adelaide oval. It was here he registered his first ever test ton eight years ago. He was troubled by Johnson when he last visited Australia. But one wonders if Aussies have bowler who could trouble Virat Kohli. Still Virat Kohli amassed 689 run which consisted four centuries when he last visited here. He entered Australia with immense Confidence. Kohli never disappointed no matter how high expectations are on him. Kohlis performance is the vital variable in determining series result. If other batsman support Kohli, It won’t be hard India to seal the series.
This is the best opportunity for Indian team to win a series on Australian soil. Australian team short of Confidence like never before, especially in tests.
Peter siddle is back into test side. Their bowling cannot be underestimated as they have premiere bowlers like hazlewood, Cummins and stark.
Adelaide oval is always a paradise for batting. Expect a high scoring first innings form both the teams.
- Virat Kohli to score a century.
- Starc to pick three or more wickets.
- Murali Vijay to score a fifty in first innings.
- Ajinkya Rehane to be in XI ahead Of KL Rahul.