India v Australia, 1st Test at Mohali, Live, Highlights, Streaming
The first Test match between India and Australia will be played in Mohali from October 1. The Australians will also play a second Test match at Bangalore and will then be a part of a three-ODI series.
You can watch the India v Australia Test match at Mohali from October 1 on Neo Cricket. The India v Australia Test match will begin at 0400 hours GMT or 9.30 am IST. You can also watch the highlights of the India v Australia, Mohali Test match on the same channel at the start of every day’s play. The live streaming of the India v Australia Test match can be seen on the Neo Cricket website.
0400 hours GMT or 9.30 am IST, October 1 to October 5, 2010.
Mohali will host the first Test match between India and Australia. The venue is one of the better ones in the country with the track having turned into a good batting track on the first couple of days before the pitch turns of the fourth and the fifth day of the game.
This will help the team batting first, but there will not be too much difference in the manner the track behaves if the side has quality spinners to exploit it. this can be seen from the fact that the Indians had batted out the entire last day of a Test match at Mohali to save it against England, while both, the quick bowlers and the spinners had claimed five wickets each in the second innings of the 2008 game between India and Australia.
The last time the two sides, India and Australia had played a Test series in India, the home team were runaway winners. Except for the first Test of that series, the Aussies were thoroughly outplayed and that was primarily due to the retirements of the Aussie greats and some excellent batting by the Indians.
This time, things may not be the same. For one, India’s record in short series like these is not great. They had, earlier this year, lost to South Africa and Sri Lanka in the first Test matches and that speaks of how slowly the Indian team starts. The Aussies will understand this and would want to take advantage of the situation.
In the warm-up game that was played at Chandigarh, the Aussies had a good time with the bat and the ball in the first innings before the Board President’s XI openers seemed to have found out some chinks in the bowling armour. 170 were added for the first wicket between Ajinkya Rahana and Cheteshwar Pujara and that may worry the Aussies a bit.
Some of the Indians are returning from the Champions League T20 and it will be interesting to see how the batsmen get into the Test match groove. On paper, the batting looks evenly matched for the two sides, while in the bowling department, India score in the spin while the Aussies look better pace-wise. How much of a difference, is a question-mark and it is difficult to put any of the two sides as favourites.
Instead, the team batting first will have a lot of advantage. Incidentally, the first Test match hosted here was in 1994 which India had lost. Since then, eight games have been played here and India has won three and drawn five.
Players to look out for:
Rahul Dravid’s paucity of runs in Test matches puts a lot of pressure on him against a side which has not been his most favourite. For Australia, how will the quick bowlers perform – Mitchell Johnson will look to get back to his wicket-taking ways and soon.
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