About the Match
The 4-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test Series has just started with the 1st test ending in a convincing win for the home side but with a marked difference by the Indians in their approach on the final day, which will go a long way in improving the status of test cricket in public memory. The match had its own ups and downs but ultimately the game of cricket has won; it was a very memorable test match worth going down in the history books, with honors even, kudos to cricket. The two sides will face each other for the 2nd test at Brisbane from 17th Dec and will play the rest of the matches in the same spirit; the crowds will be there to cheer both sides and will definitely be eager to see the visitors going on a leather hunt, mostly, without any change in their line-up.
Clarke is out of the next test due to injury and the young Steven Smith will take on the responsibility for the remainder of the series; he has done excellently well in the recent matches and is being given a golden opportunity to showcase his abilities here. Warner is outstanding in opening the innings with solid contribution but Rogers needs to step up his game to build a solid foundation; Smith and Marsh are doing wonderfully in the middle order and look good with their consistent batting performance. They have an experienced combination of Johnson and Harris to open the attack supported effectively by the 1st Test hero Lyon, who claimed 12 wickets in total to contain the Indian batsmen. They have a fairly long tail which has not been tested to depth so far, but if the top order fails in putting up a good total on board, it may be a different story.
The batting line-up did well, living up to the reputation and most of them batted sensibly too; Kohli led the team from the front in an outstanding manner. Facing a mammoth total of 517, the batsmen performed well without succumbing to the pressure and M Vijay could hold the ground, rotating strikes, as he built a very healthy innings of 53 in the 1st innings followed by 99 in the 2nd. Dhawan needs to have patience to lend lasting support to Vijay; Pujara can hold the innings at one end and Rohit Sharma has the potential to emulate Kohli and blast the opponent. The top order is very well equipped to create panic in the opposite ranks; the bowlers, except for Ishant Sharma, lack the experience and that is what mattered in the 1st innings. The Aussies cannot take the combined attack of Shami, Aaron and Ishant for granted; the team has a positive approach in all departments of the game and they are very agile on the field. Kohli will definitely try to find ways to tackle the defense of Warner, Marsh and Smith to take the battle to the opposing side.
We expect a very interesting match at Gabba provided the rain does not hold the game during the first 3 days; the home side will like to tighten the noose but the visitors are well equipped to come out of the shackles and square up.
India, 7.00 @ Bet365