The fourth and final test of Australia’s Indian tour starts tomorrow at Dharmasala. After three engrossing tests, the series is level at 1-1. This test will be the decider. India face a huge setback ahead of the match in the form of an injury to Virat Kohli. He has not batted or fielded in full stretch on the nets after arriving at Dharmasala. Moreover, the Indian team management has flown in Shreyas Iyer as a cover for Kohli. It is a real possibility that the Indian skipper may not play in the match. That will give advantage for Australia. The pitch and the climate assist pace bowling. Everything indicates improved chances for Australia. Do you want to punt in favour of Australia? Wait for a moment. Read our preview first.
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Kohli has been in the news throughout the series – but mostly for non-cricketing reasons. He has managed just 46 runs from five innings – even Mitchell Starc scored more runs than that: 118 runs in four innings. So there is a line of thinking that his absence may not hurt India much. It will nicely open the door for a third seamer who will be handy in the seam-friendly conditions in Dharmasala. Kohli’s absence could have an effect in the leadership. But Ajinkya Rahane looked enterprising in the third test whenever he got an opportunity to lead whenever Kohli left the field for treatment. To sum up, Kohli’s injury at this moment can turn out to be a blessing in disguise for India. Factor that in for your cricket betting calculations.
The pitch is likely to favour the pace bowlers on the first day. The atmosphere will be cold and cloudy. India are likely to bring in Mohammad Shami or Bhuvneshwar Kumar. In Indian conditions, the team that bats first will have an obvious advantage. It may not be the case in this test. However, the pitch is likely to offer turn and bounce to the spinners as well. It must be remembered that in the T-20 World Cup game between Australia and New Zealand held here, New Zealand spinners bamboozled the Australians. Indians will hope for a similar pitch.
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Australia will have the momentum with them. There is no doubt about that. They had come here as underdogs. But they performed well enough to rattle India. Even though the series is level at 1-1, Australia had a chance to exert dominance in all three tests. Their batsmen are looking increasingly comfortable against Indian spinners. Steve Smith, who is the leading run fetcher of the series with 371 runs in the first three tests, will once again look to play a pivotal role. David Warner’s poor form is the only concern.
Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were sharp and lethal in patches. The pace-friendly conditions in Dharmasala could force the inclusion of Jackson Bird. That will be a terrific combination for this pitch. However, that will considerably reduce the spinner options for Australia. That is a dilemma that Australia’s think-tank faces.
This is almost impossible to predict. Neither team looks dominant. Both teams have their strengths – and weaknesses as well. The first session on the first day will be crucial. It could decide the fate of the match. Australia are going to fight really hard. This has become an emotional do-or-die battle for them. The odds of an Australia win for cricket betting odds look really attractive as well. That’s all the info we have. Check out the odds at 12BET.