About the Match
Australia continues to outperform India and prove every cricket pundit wrong. They have the chance to secure the Border-Gavaskar series in this test match and have made a wonderful beginning to that end. Can India finally bring their A-game to the party or is this match done and dusted already?
Day 2 Preview
The first day began as India would have wanted as they won an important toss and chose to bat first. What followed was some excellent display fo bowling by Starc, Lyon and the rest as India was bundled out for 189. The Australian will begin the day at 40 for no loss and ever opportunity bat India out of the test match on Day 3 itself.
The Bangalore pitch started out looking like a good pitch to bat on and then started to turn quite viciously from the second session on. Unfortunately for India, their spinners did not do the same kind of damage and were unable to break through.
Virat Kohli’s captaincy is going to face another huge test on Day 2 as he tries to strike a fine balance between setting attacking fields and keeping the runs down. We think that the body language of India has been very poor and that they are unable to come to grips with the intent that Australia is coming after them.
Back Renshaw to score another fifty while we think that Warner is likely to get out early. India should look to use Ravindra Jadeja much more on Day 2 as he is one bowler that provides control while always threatening the wickets.
Another very important aspect of how India will go on Day 2 will be their fielding. They once again dropped David Warner and could be made to pay heavily for this. India will have to find a way to take every chance on Day 2 if they are to keep Australia within a manageable total.
We think that Australia is likely to get a lead of around a 100 runs with runs coming from Renshaw and Steve Smith. The middle and lower order will find the going tough against Ashwin and Jadeja especially as the pitch continues to wear.
While a lead of 100 could prove to be decisive, India has the advantage of bowling last on this pitch and so even a target of around 175 could prove difficult for the Aussies. This pitch is already showing signs of inconsistent bounce, something that is much more difficult for the batsmen to face as compared to sharp turn.
No one gave Australia a chance before the series began and they are now our favorites to win this test match. Their bowlers have looked more dangerous in the conditions while their batsmen have shown more application.
India is being outplayed on every front at the moment and does not seem to have a plan to change things around. An innings or a spell of inspiration is needed from somewhere otherwise, this match could be over in three days once again.
Back Australia to win from the current match situation.
Winner: Australia, 7.0 @ Bet on Australia now