India vs Australia: What awaits India in Perth after highs of Adelaide

first_imgVirat Kohli, it seemed, defied gravity and stayed in the air forever when KL Rahul grabbed a catch to dismiss Australia’s No. 11 Josh Hazlewood during the tense final session of the Adelaide Test on Monday.The India skipper was elated as his side ended a 10-year-drought for a Test win Down Under and became the first team from the Asian country the opening Test of a series in Australia.In the absence of the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner who had scored nearly 40% of Australia’s runs during the 2014-15 series, India had a slender advantage going into the four-match series.However, the memories of early-season heartbreaks in England and South Africa wherein India let go of opportunities to win the opening Tests still remained fresh.That’s seemingly why Kohli leapt up in the air with arguably with more relief than joy. India finally crossed the finish line, albeit after going through a few nervous moments, as described by coach Ravi Shastri.Buoyed by the win, India will head into the Perth Test, starting December 14 with a lot of confidence. The pressure certainly seems to be on the hosts, who have very little time to recover and fix the issues that led to their downfall in Adelaide.However, the narrative around the second Test in the lead up to it has been the “pace and bounce” that is expected to be on offer in Perth.The two teams are not going to play at the traditionally pace-rich WACA that has proved to be a graveyard for many visiting teams in the past but at the Optus Stadium, which will be hosting its first Test.advertisementA drop-in pitch will be used for the second Test but quite a few from the Australian camp, including captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer, have warned the high-flying visitors of a typical pace-rich Perth track at the new venue.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting even opined that the hosts have a good opportunity to bounce back in the upcoming Test, adding that the conditions in Perth will suit Tim Paine’s men more than their opposition.”I think Perth will definitely suit our guys a lot more than the Indian players, but the Aussies need to bounce back pretty quickly. They played pretty poorly this week and got within 30 runs. And that’s not saying India played at their absolute best either, but they’re absolutely capable,” Ponting told have the pace battery, one of the best going around, to dismantle even a strong batting line-up like India’s. However, Mitchell Starc-led three-man attack were far from impressive in Adelaide wherein off-spinner Nathan Lyon saved Australia’s blushes.Also, India, in the recent past, have found ways to win in difficult conditions.Take the Johannesburg Test of 2018 for example. Kohli’s men put behind the disappointment of having lost a three-match series and braved a “dangerous pitch” to clinch a rare win in the Rainbow Nation. Indian batsmen showed grit and the much-talked-about pace attack stepped up and shot out the Faf du Plessis-led hosts. The famous win at Lord’s in 2014 is another testament to India’s ability to overcome tough conditions.A fast pitch at Perth can prove to a double-edged sword for Australia. While the Indian batsman, barring a few, have struggled overseas in 2018, the hosts have weakened batting unit that was exposed in Adelaide.It is safe to say the Indian bowlers comfortably outshone their Australian counterparts in the first Test. Wouldn’t they be licking their lips, waiting in anticipation to make use of the “really fast” track in Perth?Also Read | Alyssa Healy takes a dig at Mitchell Johnson for criticising husband Starc on airAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara the difference between India and Australia in Adelaide: Allan BorderAlso See:last_img read more

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