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India vs Australia 1st Test: Live Streaming, TV Guide and Match Preview

India vs Australia 1st Test Live Streaming: India and Australia are all set to renew their much-coveted rivalry in the longest format of international cricket when the two heavyweights clash against each other at the Maharashtra Cricket Associations Stadium in Pune. With the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at stake, the teams will be playing 4 test matches here, and as we approach the first test, we bring up the live streaming details and the TV guide so that you do not miss out on any incident in the India vs Australia 1st Test match. Along with that, there is also a match preview and team news that will provide you a perfect buildup to the proceedings.

India vs Australia 1st Test
India and Australia will redeem their rivalry in the longest format of the game when the two test playing nations come against each other in Pune

India vs Australia 1st Test: Match Preview

The men from the land of Kangaroos will be up against one of the biggest tests as a cricketing nation when they face India on their home soil. And with less than 48 hours to go before the first ball to be landed on the pitch, tensions are bound to rise. Last time round when the Aussies were in India, they went back after a 4-0 drubbing. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain and the Indian spinners trapped the mighty Aussies with some disciplined bowling. And there won’t be any lack of that this time round as well. In fact, this time Ravichandran Ashwin has gained more experience and has got more tricks in his kitty. To add to that, there is the threat of Ravindra Jadeja who is as accurate as an arrow. So the Aussies are bound to have some tough days ahead.

But surely the Aussies do have plans for the Indian spinners. What will put them in trouble is the form of the Indian fast bowlers. The likes of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, and others have played incredibly well to put the opposition batting order under immense pressure right from the very beginning which has eventually made things much easier for the spinners to exploit the conditions. With all these threats in mind, Steve Smith will find it really difficult to force a result in their favor. Even a draw for them would be something really great. The former Indian cricketers have predicted a complete domination on behalf of India. Sourav Ganguly has predicted that the visitors have got a huge task on hand to avoid a 4-0 defeat. So quite clearly Steve Smith and his boys really need to pull up their socks to take some positive results from the upcoming India vs Australia four match test series.

India vs Australia 1st Test
A lot of things will depend on Virat Kohli once again

Pitch will be one of the deciding factors, and there are no rewards for guessing that the visitors will get a turning pitch when they face India on their home soil. The ball is expected to turn from the third day. But before that, the pitch is expected to be a batting paradise. The fast bowlers will also have something to look for early in the test match. And captains would love to bat first if they win the toss. It has been always been extremely tough to bat on the fourth and the fifth days in these conditions and every visiting team has tried to avoid that. So win the toss and bat first should be the motto of both the captains.

India vs Australia 1st Test
Steve Smith has got a big job on hand when Australia face India in the first test match of the series

India vs Australia 1st Test: Team News

Virat Kohli has the full squad at his disposal except for Mohammad Shami. Shami will be a big miss for the Indians as he bowls really fast and has the capability of doing reverse swing which is one of the greatest weapons when the red cherry becomes old. But Umesh Yadav is also in good shape and should make up for the absence of Shami. Other than that, Kohli will surely stick to the five bowler policy which served him really well in the India vs England series. However, one thing that is going to worry Kohli is the batting. The openers haven’t lived up to the expectations, and he would love to see Lokesh Rahul making a strong impact up front which will make things easier for the middle-order. Also, everyone would be really excited to see Ajinkya Rahane getting back to form for he is a part of the batting mainstem and a lot will depend on him.

India vs Australia 1st Test
India will be looking forward to Ashwin for making the biggest impact with the ball in hand

Australia, on the other hand, had a torrid time in the home series against South Africa. Although they bounced back in the last test match against the Proteas, they never looked like the dominating side in that series. They did manage to get back to form in the series against Pakistan, but the series against India is going to be completely different from that. The batting techniques will be tested, and a lot will depend on David Warner and Steve Smith. This is because most of the players are coming to India for the first time and the first visit to India is always a tough one. Smith also has a lot to think about when it comes to bowling, and he really needs to get the perfect combination going in order to keep the strong Indian batting line-up under pressure. And his temperament as a captain will be tested as well. In all, it can be stated that we are all set to come across a scintillating battle between the two most enterprising test playing nations in the world of cricket.

India (probable line-up): Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.

Australia (probable line-up): Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.

India vs Australia 1st Test: Match Details

Date: February 23, 2017

Time: 09:30 AM IST, 04:00 AM GMT

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India

India vs Australia 1st Test: Live Streaming Details and TV Guide

TV Listings: The India vs Australia 1st Test match will be telecasted live in India on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1 with English commentary. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 3. In the UK, the match will be telecasted live Sky Sports 2 HD.

Online Streaming: The live streaming of the India vs Australia 1st test match will be available on Hotstar in India. In the UK it will be available on skysports.com.

Wrap Up

The upcoming India vs Australia 1st test match does promise some intense action on the cricket field and we hope that the live streaming details and the TV guide will enable you to get the taste of that without any interruption. Also, feel free to share your views regarding the match preview as we are always here to lend our ears to you.

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