Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in the first match of the four-match Test series against Indi in Pune. Virat Kohli is going into the match with the same set of players who beat Bangladesh in Hyderabad ten days ago.
A look at the playing XI
India playing XI: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Australia playing XI: Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith (captain), Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’ Keefe
Playing on a pitch which is alien to both teams in Tests
It is the first time that a Test is being played in Pune and the surface is alien to both the teams. Yes, India have played a few ODIs here but a Test match is a different ball-game. Australia captain Steve Smith said that it will start turning from ball one. In this case, we might see more spinners in both the sides. In that case, even Virat Kohli will be tempted to go in with three spinners and in all probabilities, it’ll be Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant.
Head to head
India and Australia have met each other 90 times in Tests, where Australia has tasted success 40 times and India found themselves on the winning side in 24 occasions, whereas 40 matches ended in a draw.
Get ready for a high octane contest now.