India has a record of not playing good cricket in the first test of the series. Now, after the humiliating loss against the Aussies, India would like to streamline the process and try to regain their winning form. Meanwhile the Kangaroos would most likely stick to the same plan and continue the way they played the Pune test which lasted merely three days. Although, some credit may be given to the toss which played a major role in the success of the Aussies.
Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore hosted a T-20 game that India played against England and is all set to host a test too. Until yesterday, the pitch had a good green patch of grass, which has now been removed to assist spinners. Will it again backfire? Or do the Indians have a different plan altogether. Whoever wins the toss will not hesitate to bat first and put up a good score which might help in the later stages of the game.
Players to watch out for
Virat Kohli – Indian skipper is all set to perform on his virtual home ground, having played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. A rare failure in the last game, Indians would expect him to come out hard on Australian bowlers and make his knock count. Apart from his batting, be needs to focus on his captaincy too by rotating the bowlers wisely and an excellent field placing.
David Warner – The dangerous Australian opener was silent in the last game but can never be underestimated. He has played a lot of good innings on this ground during IPL and Champions League and has the capability to take the game away from the opposition through his hard hitting even in tests.
Kohli and company is expected to bring an extra batsman Karun Nair in place of Jayant Yadav, who had a terrible outing in the previous game. The local hero Karun Nair knows the pitch and ground very well and can provide stability to the batting lineup. Australians showed faith on the youngster Matt Renshaw, who lived upto his expectations by playing an excellent cricket despite having a bad stomach. Steve Smith would stick with same side and plan to make a good heap in the series.
India (probable): 1 Murali Vijay, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Karun Nair, 7 W. Saha (Wkt), 8 R. Ashwin, 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Ishant Sharma
Australia(probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Matt Renshaw, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Steve Smith (capt), 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Matthew Wade (Wkt), 7 Mitchell Marsh, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Steve O’Keefee, 10 Josh Hazelwood, 11 Nathon Lyon
Marsh did not get to bowl in the first Test but he applied himself for a watchful 31 runs on the crumbling pitch which was just enough for the Australians.
“It was good, it gave me a lot of confidence,” said Marsh. “Even though I made only 30, being out in the middle for 80 balls certainly gave me a lot of confidence. Hopefully this wicket is a little better and I can turn it into a big score for us.”
“I think it’s just about adapting. That’s something we always speak about, Steven (Smith) always talks to us about it. In these conditions you’ve got to earn the right to attack and that’s by having a solid defence. That’s what I’ve been working on.”