About the Match
India fought back well to stay in the second test but they still have a lot of work ahead of them. Both Australia and India will believe that they can win the test match from this position. The crucial ‘moving day’ of the test match is ahead of us.
Day 3 preview
The two best Indian batsmen are at the crease right now, at least in terms of batting time. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are batsmen that are quintessential test match batsmen. They will be happy going through phases of play where little or no runs are scored and wait for bowlers to target.
Vijay is batting on 42 while Pujara is batting on 10. The most important period of play for both teams is going to be the first hour on day 3. If both of these two players can get through that period successfully then we think that they could both go on to score hundreds.
The third day is supposed to be the time when this pitch starts to play some tricks. India will know that they have to score as many as Australia and possibly more to be able to have some chance of winning this test match.
A lead of 331 runs means that India will have to bat out a full day to wipe out the deficit.
Australia must believe that they can restrict India about 300 if they stay patient and keep bowling in the right areas. They may have only got one wicket on day 2 but their bowling was performance was excellent.
Pat Cummins, the lone wicket-taker, was very quick and showed some remarkable skills. He is going to be even more difficult to face if the pitch starts to show some variable bounce. His threat against the lower middle order and the tail is going to be even more potent and we would back him to get 3 or more wickets in this innings.
The other Australian bowlers who could come into this game big time is Steve O’Keefe. He is a bowler that becomes very dangerous if the pitch is offering some assistance and he is our pick to be the highest wicket taker in this innings.
It will also be very interesting to see who walks into bat for India whenever the next wickets falls. Virat Kohli has been injured and did not take the field on day 2. He has, however, been cleared to bat.
We think that Kohli is not one to back down and will come out to bat even if he is not a 100% fit. There are many instances of injured batsmen playing some memorable innings but we just do see it happening this time around.
Kohli will struggle to have an impact on this pitch and even though Rahane looked very good in the last match, his overall record against spin is quite poor.
India could find themselves facing a big first innings lead and struggle to stay in this match. The Australian camp is still the better one to be in and would recommend backing Australia for the win