India vs Australia, 4th Test Preview
The Border Gavaskar Trophy has reached its finale as India and Australia will fight out for the series in the fourth and final test to be played at Dharamsala on Saturday. The game is going to be riveting contest as the series is evenly poised at 1-1 after a tame draw at Ranchi.
India have worries on their side as Virat Kohli will undergo a fitness test on Friday to see whether he can participate the series decider or not. Shreyas Iyer has been called up for Kohli as a player who has been in prime in the format at the domestic level. Murali Vijay is not a clear starter as he is still nursing a shoulder injury. If Kohli and Vijay miss the last one, Australia will become firm favorites to win the game. The absence of Kohli could mean more reliance on Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to score runs for India. Pujara produced a double ton and is our pick with the bat for India to atleast score 50 plus in this game. We tip Rahane to score a big one as fast pitch will aid his style of play and help him get necessary confidence going ahead after going through a lull in this series with the bat.
Ravendra Jadeja was pick of the bowlers with the his left arm spin and could again be a handful against Australia in this game. Jadeja could again pick 5 wickets in this game. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma could also take wickets as the pitch will provide help to fast bowlers. Mohammad Shami or Bhuvneshwar Kumar might get a place in the lineup.
Australia on the other hand will fancy their chances at Dharamsala as the surface will aid fast bowlers. Pat Cummins could be the enforcer for Australia on this surface. Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell produced superb tons in the third test at Ranchi while Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb played terrifically well on the final day to help Australia manage a draw. David Warner is the only guy from Australia to miss out on runs as we tip him to score 50 plus runs in this game.
Josh Hazlewood is our pick among bowlers to take atleast 6 wickets in the game.
Australia XI: David Warner, Steven Smith (c),Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade (wk), Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon,Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
India XI: Abhinav Mukund/Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c)/Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Ravendra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav