The much-awaited clash between the Virat Kohli-led Indian side and their Australian counterpart headed by Tim Paine is all set to begin, later today. At 5:30 am (IST), the first Test match between India and Australia will begin. Here is a preview of the encounter which has left the cricketing fans in the subcontinent, as well as the Down Under, intrigued. Live Cricket Streaming of India vs Australia 2018-19 Series on SonyLIV: Check Live Cricket Score, Watch Free Telecast of IND vs AUS 1st Test Match, Day 1, on TV & Online
Ahead of the first Test match, India lost its in-form talented batsman Prithvi Shaw due to a freak ankle injury. The 19-year-old was flown back to Mumbai, and is not expected to return before the Third test. In his absence, the opening pair will be KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.
As per the reports emerging from Australia, the pitch in Adelaide is likely to feature a bit of grass -- which would immensely aid the pacers on the first day. Cricket pundits have termed the toss to be critical, with the winner expected to choose to bowl first. Virat Kohli Practices Hard in Nets Ahead of India vs Australia 1st Test Match at the Adelaide Oval: Watch Video.
Playing XI of Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Marcus Harris, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Shaun Marsh, 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Travis Head, 7 Tim Paine (capt & wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
Playing XI of India: 1 KL Rahul, 2 M Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 Rishabh Pant (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.