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India vs Australia 4th Test Tips - Khawaja to continue superb form

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Last updated: 08 Mar 2023
Ralph Staniforth 08 Mar 2023
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  • The hosts will be looking to bounce back after a shock defeat
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Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja has scored 50+ runs in the first innings of the last two Tests (Getty Images)

India vs Australia Tips


Not many expected the series to be alive going into the final match, but it is thanks to a stunning performance by Australia in the third Test. They must however win the final Test to level the series.
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  • Head to Head
  • India Form
  • India Team News
  • Australia Form
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With run scoring difficult in India, the scores have been reasonably low. My best bet is for Usman Khawaja to rack up a third successive 50+ score in the Aussie first innings.

  • India have won 11 of their last 13 Test matches at home against Australia.
  • India have won 36 of their last 46 home Test matches.
  • India are unbeaten in 43 of their last 46 home Test matches.
  • India’s Cheteshwar Pujara scored 59 runs in his last Test innings.
  • Australia’s Usman Khawaja has scored 81 and 60 runs in the 1st innings of the last 2 Test matches.

Head to Head


India lead the current series 2-1 after Australia made a stunning recovery to win the third Test and keep the series alive.

India Form


India have for years been so dominant at home it has been hard for any side to be competitive, let alone threaten to win often. After the opening two Test matches, it looked like Australia suffering the same fate, but they bounced back.

Batting first in Indore, India were all out for 109 runs as Shubman Gill top scored with 21 runs. Ravindra Jadeja then took 4-78 as India bowled Australia out for 197, giving the visitors an 87-run lead.

As the pitch started to turn more and more, Cheteshwar Pujara was the standout figure, scoring 59 runs. He did not get the support from others though as the hosts were all out for 163, leaving the Aussies needing 76 for victory.

Many thought the Indian spinners would create a close contest but Australia cruised home by nine wickets, batting at over four to the over.

India Team News


India will be disappointed in their performance in the third Test. They will need to secure at least a draw to win the series. I expect them to remain unchanged.

Australia Form


Australia bounced back in the third Test in stunning fashion to keep the series alive. They must now win the final Test to get a draw out of the series, a result that no other side has matched in recent years.

A superb bowling spell by Matthew Kuhnemann in the first innings saw Australia dismiss India for 109 runs. The spinner took 5-16. Usman Khawaja top scored for Australia with 60 runs as they reached 197 in their first innings.

Nathan Lyon took over in the second innings, taking 8-54 in 23.3 overs. India could only reach 163 runs, which left Australia needing 76 for victory.

Given how much spin was on offer, those were expected to be 76 hard runs to get. However, Travis Head took control, hitting 49* off 54 balls as Australia cantered to a nine-wicket win.

Australia Team News


Depending on conditions, Australia could go into this match unchanged. Ahmedabad is expected to turn as well so three spinners may be the way to go.

Verdict

Australia bounced back well in the third Test but India are still hot favourites. The value lies in the run scoring markets with the form of Khawaja and Pujara backed.

Best Bet: Khawaja 50+ Runs To Score 50+ Runs in 1st Innings @11/5 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
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Best India 1st Innings Batsman Tip: Cheteshwar Pujara Best India 1st Innings Batsman @7/2 at betfair - 1 Unit
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