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IND vs AUS: Pitch in focus at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on the eve of the 1st test

The cricket world is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Test series between India and Australia as the hosts aim to maintain their successful run at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. With the opportunity to secure a spot in the World Test Championship final in June, both teams will be focused on putting in a strong performance. Let’s take a closer look at their records at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur.

India has a strong history at the new VCA Stadium, having played six Test matches there since it replaced the old stadium where Australia played in 2004. In these six matches, India has won four and lost only one, which was against South Africa in February 2010. The first Test match India played at the VCA was against Australia in 2008, led by MS Dhoni, and it was also the occasion for former India captain Sourav Ganguly to bid farewell to international cricket.

India’s most recent Test match at the VCA was against Sri Lanka in November 2017, which they won by an innings and 239 runs. In November 2010, India defeated New Zealand, and their only draw at the stadium came against England in December 2012. Interestingly, India has won the toss in only two Test matches at the VCA and has won both of those encounters. No team has successfully chased a target in the second innings at the VCA, so if either team is asked to bat in the fourth innings, they will need to make history.

Australia, however, has happy memories of playing at the old Nagpur Stadium in 2004. Thanks to Damien Martyn’s impressive performances in both innings, Australia won the Nagpur Test and ended a 35-year wait to win a Test series on Indian soil. With a 2-0 lead in the series, the victory in Nagpur was a pivotal moment for the Australian team.

The first Test match between India and Australia will begin at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 9th, and fans are eagerly waiting to see how the teams will perform at the VCA Stadium.

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