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Even though India couldn't extend their batting for as long as they'd have liked, but they'd be pretty content with how things panned out on the third day of the second test. India managed to get a decent lead on the back of a prolific hundred by Rahane and a measured fifty by Jadeja and then bowlers played their part to perfection. Australia, on the other hand, would be disappointed by the way things went on the day for them. While their bowlers bowled their hearts out, their batsmen couldn't stay at the crease, handing over the day to India. At the end of the third day, the match is clearly in India's cricket and it would take a miracle for the Aussies to even put up a fight tomorrow. Make no mistake, however, the batsmen at the crease for them are pretty capable and the Aussies tail can wag. India wouldn't want to chase a lot in the fourth innings.
At one time, Australia appeared to be dead and buried, but a decent 34-run partnership between Pat Cummins and Cameron Green would have sparked some hope in their camp. Having said that, they'd be wary that the Indians are just a wicket or two away. Besides, the new ball is due in 14 overs and that could have a telling impact should Aussies manage to stay for that many overs. Unless, of course, their lower order manages to bat out at least the first session, the Aussie bowlers are unlikely to have a huge role to play. The onus will be on the pair of Green and Cummins tomorrow and Aussies would want them to score as many runs as possible. With the surface deteriorating and a new ball due soon, it is going to be a tough ask for the hosts.
India would be pretty relieved at the end of the third day even though the last partnership did give them a bit of trouble. They wouldn't want a big total to chase on Tuesday and, therefore, the onus will be on their bowlers to pick up wickets as quickly as possible. Besides, they have a new ball available pretty soon and if the match is extended till then, the seamers are likely to dictate terms. Regardless of any of that, India are on top and are likely to seal the deal tomorrow.
Australia's strategy at the end of the day appeared to be pretty simple - to score as many runs as quickly as possible. They were successful to an extent as Cummins and Green strung together a brilliant partnership to remove the deficit. They are likely to continue with the strategy and quick runs are certainly on the cards. They need to score just nine runs in four overs for this bet to return profitable and we believe that it would be the case.
Even though Cummins bats pretty low down the order, he is well and truly capable with the bat. He looked in complete control against spinners and seamers alike and will be the key for Aussies tomorrow. A personal score of 29 or over is certainly on the cards for him.
Not many would have anticipated the first test between Australia and India to finish in just three days. At least not after the match was poised beautifully at the end of the second day. The match just changed in a flash thereafter. Calling the session that India had in the morning of the third day would be an understatement. It was a steep downhill roll for Indians as Australia scripted a superb win in the first test.
With a defeat, India are now left with more questions unanswered than they had before arriving in Australia. Australia, on the other hand, will be brimming with confidence after registering a win with a depleted unit. It is certainly going to be advantage Australia going into the second test. Having said that, anything is possible in this beautiful game of cricket.
The second match of the series is all set to begin on 25th December at the iconic venue of Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
Even though Australia won the first match, they would have a few tough decisions to make. Although the return of David Warner seems improbable at the moment, it is certainly a question that the Aussies would have to ponder upon. Apart from that, the fact that the first test was more or less won due to the terrific bowling performance would be something that the hosts will want to look at before going into the second test.
Australia would be pretty happy that they managed to win without any significant contribution from Steve Smith, who was perceived to be the only pillar of their batting unit. Apart from that, Joe Burns scoring a fifty, albeit while chasing a nothing score, would brim the hosts with confidence. On paper, Australia have a decent batting unit, and with the surface likely to be flatter at MCG, their batsmen will have a bigger role to play. Travis Head hasn't done anything of substance in the recent matches that he has played and all eyes will be on him with Warner likely to return for the Sydney test.
Needless to say, it was the Aussie bowling that got them the win in the first test. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were terrific in the first session on Day three. The carnage started with Cummins picking up a couple of quick wickets as together they picked up nine wickets between them, shooting India all-out for just 36 runs. It's not that their bowling is over-reliant on Hazlewood and Cummins. They have Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon available, who both are known to pick up wickets at important junctures. Apart from the four bowlers discussed, the likes of Cameron Green, Marnus Labuschagne, and Travis Head are capable to play a supporting role, if need be.
Going into the first test, there were plenty of questions that the hosts needed to answer. There were doubts about their opening pair and those seemed to have resolved, at least for the upcoming game. Tim Paine, who was touted to be in the team as a specialist captain, played a special knock and was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant work behind the stumps and an important fifty in the first innings. Australia do not have a lot to ponder upon for the upcoming match and if they can execute things as well as they did in the first match, they should have a pretty good time in the upcoming match as well.
Team news: David Warner is still unfit and is, therefore, ruled out of the Melbourne Test. Australia are coming off a win in the first match and are likely to go in unchanged to MCG.
Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, TM Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Michael Lyon, JR Hazlewood.
India would be feeling a tad unfortunate as they fell off the cliff after working so hard to get there. India were easily the better of the two sides at the end of the first two days and just one hour of extremely poor batting robbed them of a historic win. That, however, is the beauty of the longest format of the game. At no point in test cricket can a team afford to put their guard down and that was proved yet again.
With no Virat Kohli available in the second match, India have a mountain to climb. To add to their woes, they'll not be having the services of Mohammad Shami, who is ruled out of the series due to the fracture he sustained in the first match. Both the players played pivotal roles respectively in the first match and their absence will be felt.
With two forced changes already on the cards, India might have to go into the third match with as many as four changes to their team. Prithvi Shaw looked clueless against quality pace and is likely to be replaced by Shubhman Gill. We expect India to play Ravindra Jadeja to come in for Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant to replace Wriddhiman Saha. Even though Saha is by far the better keeper, India would want to buff up their batting unit, considering the collapse they had in the opening game. Jadeja will help India with the options in the middle overs as the surface at MCG is likely to be flatter.
On paper, India's batting still looks pretty good with the likes of Pujara, Rahane, and Vihari available. It will be difficult for India to play without Virat Kohli, but if there's any batting lineup that can stand up to Australia's bowling attack, it is India's. The fact that the surface is unlikely to have any assistance on the first couple of days and the ball is unlikely to move much, Pujara will have a massive role to play.
All eyes will be on Ajinkya Rahane, who is not only leading the side but will also be an important figure with respect to India's batting lineup. Rahane had a terrific last year and would want to play a decisive innings in the upcoming match. He is pretty well experienced with captaincy at the domestic level and that shouldn't bother him with his batting. With Shami absent, India's quick-bowling looks a little too over-reliant on Bumrah all of a sudden.
All in all, India have plenty of work to do - both on and off the field. Although they have ample bench strength, replacing the players of Shami's and Kohli's stature will be impossible. India would need something inspirational from someone in the first few sessions and if someone can do that, India will certainly be in business.
Team news: India will be pondering upon plenty of selection dilemmas with two forced changes. Virat Kohli is flying back to India and Mohammad Shami is out injured. We expect Prithvi Shaw to be replaced by Shubhman Gill and one of Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini to replace Saini. There are high chances that we'll see Pant come in place of Wriddhiman Saha to bolster the batting lineup. Ravindra Jadeja is likely to be the man to fill in the big boots for Virat Kohli. As was the case in the first match, some surprises are on a cards as well.
Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, H Vihari, RR Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, JJ Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
Conditions and toss usually play a massive role in test cricket and we expect that to be the case in this match as well. There will be assistance for the bowlers in the first hour or so, but it will be a batting beauty thereon. Also, spinners will come into the picture big time as the match progresses. No team would want to chase even a reasonably high total and, therefore, the captain winning the toss would want to bat first.
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With the action moving to Melbourne, we'll be moving back to regular test cricket, played with the red ball. The red ball is expected to move more in the first few overs as compared to the pink ball and the new ball will have a major role to play. However, once the ball gets old, the batsmen are expected to make hay on a surface that is unlikely to have much for the bowlers. Melbourne Cricket Ground generally offers a flat surface with spinners coming into the game on the fourth and fifth day of the match. We expect nothing different this time around as well. Apart from Sunday, when it is expected to rain in Melbourne, we are likely to have non-stop action. Batting would be easier here as compared to what it was like at Adelaide and the team batting first would want to put a total of at least 400 runs on the board.
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Australia got a win and India got a lesson as an outcome of the first match and both of those can have a decisive role in the series going forward. Australia have the momentum and will be brimming with confidence. With Joe Burns back in form, the concerns surrounding their opening pair have now vanished. India, on the other hand, have plenty of questions to answer. They will be in with a relatively newer side and a new captain to lead them. It is not going to be easy for them, but they are certainly capable of turning things around. Having said that, with Aussies back in form and looking threatening, they certainly walk in as firm favorites to win the upcoming match as well.
The pink-ball Test at Adelaide happened to be a low-scoring one, but we do not expect it to be that way at Melbourne. One major reason for that is that the teams would be playing with a ball that they are more acquainted with. Also, the surface of MCG is more suited to the batsmen that it is suited to the bowlers. To add to that, India do not have their full strength bowling attack with Mohammad Shami injured. In all likelihood, we should see a thousand or more runs scored in the upcoming match.
With Kohli absent, Indian batting appears to be a shade weaker. The onus will be on Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara to score the bulk of the runs and the pressure, therefore, will be immense. While Australia's batting do not inspire a lot of confidence, Steve Smith and Marunus Labuschagne are known to play big knocks. Besides, India will be going in with a weaker bowling attack with Mohammad Shami absent. For those reasons, we think the best batsman of the match will come from the Australian camp.
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