The match thread for the first test of Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Team India will be determined to continue its ascendancy (points-wise) on the ICC rankings table. Our bowling unit has a lot of questions surrounding them and they would have to put in a strong performance worthy of the No. 1 side. The Australians wouldn't be short of incentive and motivation - regaining the top slot, building a winning momentum going into the Ashes etc. Australia will be hoping their fast men get a grip on the art of reverse swing straightaway. It could be a long day in the field for them if they don't. Spin is an obvious weakness and Ponting will hope Hauritz lifts his game a notch or two. VENUE The match will be played at the beautiful PCA stadium in Mohali, part of the Chandigarh TriCity region. The Mohali pitch has historically assisted pace bowlers but the region has experienced unusually heavy downpour till the last week. This has hampered the pitch preparations and the curator has predicted an uncharacteristic slow and low turf.