India vs Australia: Hosts Need To Bounce Back In Crucial 2nd Test In Bengaluru

Updated: 03 March 2017 18:07 IST

Ind vs Aus 2017: Virat Kohli and his boys have quite a job at their hands when they take on Australia in the crucial 2nd Test in Bengaluru.

India vs Australia: Hosts Need To Bounce Back In Crucial 2nd Test In Bengaluru
Virat Kohli and men will take on Australia in the second Test beginning from Saturday © AFP

India need to bounce back in the vital 2nd Test with Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from Saturday, after having surrendered to a heavy 333-run defeat in the first match in Pune. With the unbeaten streak of 19 Test matches having come to a halt, India captain Virat Kohli finds himself in an unfamiliar territory with the hosts trailing. The hosts would look prepare a pitch which lasts the distance, unlike the pitch in Pune, and would also be hoping that other things also fall into place for them.

As coach Anil Kumble said, it is time to move on from the Pune defeat. The Indian team would look to start on a fresh note in the second Test match. With Jayant Yadav failing to make a mark in the first Test, the hosts may try a different combination by bringing in the left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav into the mix that will add that bit of variety in the attack with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being the other two spinners. Ishant Sharma didn't have a great match in Pune and it will only make sense to give Bhuvneshwar Kumar a go in the upcoming Test match.

Australia will find themselves in a happy place, but come Saturday and it will be a new Test match. They will have to be at their very best to continue their winning momentum. With everything falling into place for the visitors, Aussies have announced the same team in Bengaluru as well. Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon might not get as much purchase out of the Chinnaswamy track as they got in Pune but as the game progresses there will be enough there for the spinners to exploit, given the fact that it will be a dry surface that is waiting to greet the visitors again.

India need to get their act together and take all the catches that comes their way. Having dropped the Australia captain Steve Smith several times through the first Test, it will only add to India's pain if they continue to let the tourists off the hook.

Squads:

India: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Abhinav Mukund, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya.

Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Peter Handscomb, Steve O'Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Jackson Bird, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc.

Highlights
  • India are 1-0 down in four-Test series
  • Australia have announced an unchanged team for the second Test
  • The second Test will be played in Bengaluru
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