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India hope to make a strong come back after the loss in Indore as they take on Australia in the fourth Test of the series in Ahmedaabad. The hosts are a dominant force at home, but were jolted by a stunning showing from Australai in Indore. We look at the betting odds for the fourth and final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to look into the best odds and bets to place on this game.
How the second India v Australia Predictions stood
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- India vs Australia fourth Test
- 08th of March, 4:00 AM GMT
- Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
The pitch has been a major topic of discussion in this series with India preparing turning decks to suit their array of spinners. Australia succumbed meekly in the first two Tests before India went overboard with the strategy in Indore and prepared a rank turner which saw the ball turn square from day one. However, it backfired for the hosts with Australia bowling out cheaply in the first innings and then taking a good lead to eventually win the Test match.
The Ahmedabad deck, however, is expected to be “normal” with reports from within and outside the camp suggesting that India do not want to give Australia any edge for the final Test of the series that could potentially seal India’s place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Australia already booked their place in the final to be held in England on June 7.
The weather is likely to be hot and placid with temperature around 33 degree celsius and humidity less than 20%. There’s no chance of rain, though, on all five days, and we could get to see some good Test cricket over the course of these days with India looking to seal a series victory and book their place in the WTC final.
Gill to be India’s Top Run Scorer
Lyon to be Australia’s Top Bowler
India Top Run Scorer First Innings
Shubman Gill came into the XI last game but endured a tough time on a difficult wicket in Indore. Gill, however, has been top-notch in limited-overs cricket and will likely play a big role in Ahmedabad where the pitch should far more normal. The opener has had a mixed run in Tests so far, but his recent form in ODIs and T20Is augurs well for India, especially with their top-order struggling for runs.
With Gill getting another opportunity at the top, we expect him to come all guns blazing and do a terrific job.
Prediction: Shubman Gill to be India’s top run-scorer in the first innings.
Australia Top Bowler First Innings
Nathan Lyon has been impressive in the Test series so far, and has tested India’s batters with several close-in catchers. The off-spinner will once again be a threat even if the pitch stays neutral with India’s batters struggling against spinners for a while now. Lyon’s natural strengths are bounce and turn, which he should get plenty of in Ahmedabad on a fresh wicket. Lyon’s impact could decide this Test match and Australia would know as much.
We expect the experienced spinner to have a good Test match.
Prediction: Nathan Lyon to be Australia’s top bowler in the first innings.
India vs Australia Preview
With these bets in mind, here’s a closer look at how each team is shaping up ahead of Thursday’s match:
India are unlikely to tinker too much with their playing group although we could see Mohammed Shami come back for Mohammed Siraj. KS Bharat will also mostly continue behind the stumps. Although there were rumours of Ishan Kishan coming in, skipper Rohit Sharma was fairly revealing in the press conference when he stated that the newcomers would be given an extended run in the team.
India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.
Australia are likely to play only two spinners and this could pave way for Scott Boland to come back into the XI with Todd Murphy sitting out. Matt Kuhnemann impressed on debut and also offers a different variation of spin to that of Lyon. As such, he could continue in the XI. Cameron Green is also expected to keep his place. Cummins, the regular skipper, is back home with his ailing mother and will miss this Test too.
Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Kuhnemann, David Warner.
How to Watch India vs Australia Second Test in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
Those looking to live stream or watch the India vs Australia second Test on TV have several options:
- BT Sports 1
- Sky Sports Cricket