The 4th #Test Match between #Australia and India has begun at Dharamshala. This is the decisive test as the series is tied 1-1. Australia had won the first test at Bangalore and India won the 2nd test, while the third test at Ranchi was drawn. The Aussies have things going their way and they have won the toss and elected to bat. Another big plus is the absence of India's best batsman Virat Kohli.
He is not playing as he injured his shoulder while trying to take a catch on the boundary in the last test. Australia have started well and are 126 for the loss of 1 wicket.
Dharamshala is a picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the lower Himalayas with lush greenery all around. It will be hosting its first test match ever. This is part of the board's policy to spread test cricket to all corners of India while playing test matches at new and smaller centers.
Indian team Captain is Ajinkya Rahane, but at the end of the day, Kohli will be sorely missed. Kohli has not done much in the present series and has not crossed 20 even once, but a big score from him was on the cards. Kohli hit three double centuries last year.
Best chance for Australia
This is the best chance for Australia to win the series by beating India without Kohli. The wicket because of the atmosphere is likely to favour the seam bowlers. Considering Australia have won the toss and are batting first is a plus.
In the end, the Indian spinners will not have the last day all to themselves. India will have to bat last on this wicket. in any case, Australia will have to cope with Ashwin and Jadeja
The Indians will be expecting the spinners Ashwin and Jadeja to turn the ball.They are good, but bowling on a seamer friendly wicket may not be to their advantage. If Australia can post a gòod score there is every chance that they will put India under pressure. If they win the series it will be a win after 20 years. In that case, Smith will be a proud man.There are still 5 days left and it will be interesting to see how Australia play.