Australia bid to repeat their 1st Test-winning exploits when they take on India in the 2nd Test of the series at Bengaluru from Saturday 3 March. Sridhar Bhamidi picks out the best bets for the game.
Not even Glenn McGrath at his boasting best would have predicted this start for the Australia. Labelled as one of the weakest teams to tour India, Australia rolled India over within three days on a dry pitch that was more suited to their hosts.
No wonder then that the second Test at Bengaluru is being touted as a chance for the hosts to strike back.
India v Australia 2nd Test Preview
In the midst of a cracking home run where they rolled visitors nonchalantly, India were brought crashing down at Pune. The manner of defeat – on a pitch that took turn even before the first ball was bowled – must be worrisome for the hosts.
The concerns over their openers and over-reliance on star batsman Virat Kohli was exposed in the first Test with surprise package Steve O’Keefe running riot. All eyes would be on how Virat Kohli will respond to the challenge. Last time India lost a Test badly in Galle, they bounced back to go on an unbeaten run that was snapped at Pune.
The pitch will obviously play a huge role in the set of bowlers chosen for the match but in all probability Jayant Yadav could be the casualty. The pitch is expected to take slow turn which makes both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja dangerous after day three.
Steve Smith and his men have obviously exceeded all the expectations in the first match but the Bengaluru Test will bring a new challenge. Having shown enough resilience to adapt to alien conditions, this Aussie side will surely start with a spring in their step.
A flat pitch may be in the offing but that will surely play to the advantage of their talisman Mitchell Starc, especially with reverse swing. David Warner hasn’t fired in the first Test and if he does, Australia will be hard to stop.
O’Keefe had a dream match at Pune but will he be able to do an encore in the second match? That looks highly unlikely but his consistent lines and negligible spin makes him a considerable threat.
India v Australia Line-ups
Jayant Yadav had a match to forget in the first Test and could in all probability be replaced for this match. Karun Nair should get a look-in as an extra batsman but if India wants to continue their five-bowler theory there could be a call-up for Bhuvneswar Kumar or Kuldeep Yadav.
Australia took full advantage of the conditions at Pune and have no reasons to change their playing XI. But if they want to, Usman Khawaja may get a call-up in the place of Mitchell Marsh.
India v Australia Odds
A comprehensive win in the first match hasn’t reduced the odds on an Aussie win. The visitors are offered odds of $4.33 (bet365
) to emerge victorious while India are tipped at odds of $2.15 (Unibet
) to win the match.
Ashwin will be vital for the hosts especially since the pitch may require him bowl long and patient spells. At odds of $2.50 (bet365
), he is a favorite to top the charts for India. For Australia, Starc at odds of $3.75 (bet365
) is tipped to be their best bowler.
India v Australia 2nd Test Tips
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