IND vs AUS: Australia won the toss and chose to bat, Kuldeep did not get a chance despite the spin wicket
IND vs AUS: The first match of the four-match Test series between India and Australia is being played in Nagpur. In this match, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first.
The first match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy being played between India and Australia is being played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (VCA) in Nagpur. In this match, Australia captain Pat Cummins decided to bat first after winning the toss. Wicket-keeper batsman KS Bharat and Suryakumar Yadav have made their debut for India.
Four matches in this series are very important for India through the World Test Championship (WTC). If India wins the series by winning more than two matches in this series, then it will enter the final of the WTC. At the same time, if Australia loses by a margin of 4-0, then it can be out of the race for the final.
Australia has won only one Test match on Indian soil in the last 18 years. This was the only win Australia got in 2016-17 but India won that series 2-1. From 2004-05 till 2022-23, the Kangaroo team has managed to win only one Test match on Indian soil, while it has lost 10 times. Australia last won the Border Gavaskar Trophy in India in 2004–05.
This will be the 16th edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between the two teams. In the 15 series played so far, India has hosted the series 8 times and Australia 7 times. During this, the Australian team won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy only once on Indian soil. Whereas in Australia, India has won the Border Gavaskar Trophy twice out of 7 and has lost four times. Once the series was drawn 1-1 in 2003-04.
The first Test match between India and Australia was played in 1947. Since then, 27 Test series have been played between the two teams, out of which India has won 10 while Australia has 12 series. Apart from this, 102 Test matches have been played between the two, out of which India has won 30 while Australia has won 43 matches. Apart from this, 28 matches have been drawn. Australia has played a total of 14 Test series in India, out of which 8 have been won by India while 4 have gone to Kangaroos. Apart from this, 2 series have been drawn.
Playing XI of both teams:
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Srikar Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Scott Boland.