|Australia v India 2014-15|
ScheduleWednesday, 17 December 2014 at 00:00 GMT / 00:00 UK / 05:30 IST
VenueBrisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
The first Test between Australia and India concluded in a dramatic way when the smooth going visitors lost the rhythm and surrendered the game by 48 runs. The Kangaroos amassed 517 for the loss of seven wickets when Michael Clarke declared the first innings followed by 5-290 declared in the second. India responded nicely by scoring 444 in the first one and collapsed to 315 in the second innings while chasing a target of 364. The visitors were marching aggressively towards the target but lost their last five wickets for 38 mere runs. The hosts are enjoying a lead of 1-0 that will boost them up for the remaining Tests whereas the tourists can make a comeback as well.
The right arm off spinner of the Kangaroos, Nathan Lyon, was unplayable by the rival batsmen and ended up with his career best figures of 12-286 while Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle assisted him superbly. David Warner dispatched back to back centuries in both innings, Steven Smith along with Michael Clarke powered hundreds whereas Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Mitchell Marsh are capable of producing big innings. Michael Clarke will miss the remaining series because of the hamstring injury and chronic back problem.
The stand in captain of India, Virat Kohli, maintained his form on the fast tracks by smashing hundred in each innings, Murali Vijay missed the three figures by just one run as Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were among runs. Karn Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Varun Aaron were the most successful bowlers for the visitors.
Wednesday, December 17 – Sunday December 21, 2014 @ 00:00 GMT, 10:00 local at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.
A threatening weather forecast comprising rain and thunderstorm with the temperatures around 22-38ᵒC.
The winning captain will go for batting under normal weather but can take the opposite rout due to cloudy conditions.
The green top wicket will assist the seamers most and the batsmen with courage and perfect technique can build their innings.
Australia – (From) Brad Haddin, Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Shaun Marsh.
India – MS Dhoni (C), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron.
The Australians have an edge over India in the bowling department which can win them the second Test.