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2ND TEST – INDIA VS AUSTRALIA – FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW!

The four-match test series between India vs Australia started last week with the first test at Pune. As the visitors dominated the opening test match and won that by giant margin of 333 runs, Aussies are focus on the second test which begins on Saturday in Bangalore. The home team, India was surrendered in Pune and the streak of 19 matches without loss came to an end in last match. Now, as India looking for redemption, this 2nd test gets lot more hype and excitements ahead of the game. Second Test between India vs Australia is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM Local | 3 PM AEST on Saturday, 4th March 2017.

 

INDIA :

After that disastrous and forgettable test match defeat in Pune, Team India now turns their attention to Bangalore – the city which hosts the second test match. Virat Kohli, the captain of the side who had an amazing outing throughout the home season 2016-17, was failed to score runs and got out for 0 and 13 respectively in Pune. As he is returning back to his IPL home Bengaluru, expectations are high on him and on his team. Team India is in a position to come back to winning ways to avoid the series loss at home and also the win in Bengaluru is must needed to regain Border-Gavaskar Trophy. About the India’s performances in First Test, KL Rahul was the only batsman who scored an half-century in Indian batting line-up. He scored 64 runs in the first innings. Apart from his 64 runs, Pujara’s 31 in 2nd innings was the second top score in the test for India.

Opening batsman Murali Vijay is under pressure after scoring 10 and 2 in the first test. As he is the front-line option to open the innings for India, he could get an another chance and he needs to deliver in Bengaluru. The home town boy KL Rahul played his part in Pune by scoring 64 in first innings, but he scored only 10 runs in the second innings. As he is playing at his home ground on Saturday, team expects lot more contribution from him. Cheteshwar Pujara who had amazing season throughout 2016/17, is in a position to score lot more runs in second test where he started his test career back in 2010 against Australia. Captain Virat Kohli is under lot of pressure after the loss in Pune, also the fans are expecting a huge innings from their captain that pressurized Virat. As he proved so many times in across the formats in past years, Kohli would prove once again with his performances in Bangalore. Coach Anil Kumble hinted that Ajinkya Rahane’s place is not in danger. That means he would keep his place safe in the XI and he would play at no. 5 in the batting order. After that triple-century against England in December, Karun Nair is still awaiting for his chances in the XI. As India looks to strengthen their batting after that match in Pune, Karun Nair has bright chances to play as an extra batsman at no. 6 and the match which is held at his home ground Bangalore, increases his chances.

Wicket-Keeper Wriddhiman Saha done it so well in Pune with his gloves work behind the stumps, but when it comes to batting – the in-form batsman was failed in both innings. In first innings, he got out on the first ball he faced. He managed to score only 5 runs in the second. In Bangalore, Saha has big role to play as a lower middle-order batsman. The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who are at no. 1 & 3 in ICC Test – Bowler rankings, were not lived upto the expectations in Pune. Ashwin picked 7 wickets and Jadeja picked up 5 in that test, but those were not enough for India in that game. Both of them played useful knocks in recent matches with bat, failed to score runs in both the innings of first test. Lot of turns are expected in Bengaluru, that means lot better performances are expected from Ashwin and Jadeja with both bat and bowl. Jayant Yadav, who impressed the selectors, captain and fans with his all round performances against England earlier in the season, was not at his best in Pune. He picked one wicket each in both innings and scored only 7 runs in that test. He is expected to get an another chance on Saturday and also expects a much better performances from him with both bat and bowl. As Ishant Sharma remained wicket-less in both the innings of first test, his place in XI is not confirmed for 2nd test. If India decides to go with extra batsman, Ishant Sharma could be the man who makes a way. Umesh Yadav bowled well in first test where he picked 4 wickets in first innings and also picked a wicket in second innings. He keeps his place safe after that performances in Pune. Overall, this is a must win game for India to regain their winning form and also to keep no. 1 place in ICC rankings.

 

AUSTRALIA :

The dominating and all round performances by Aussies, gave them a lead of 1-0 in the series. Steve O’Keefe – the spin bowler who bowled exceptionally well on Day-2 and Day-3 of Pune test and picked total of 12 wickets in that 1st test against India. His figures of 6/35 and another 6/35 proves his worth in this Australian side. As he produced a lot for his team in first test, lot of expectations on him now and it’s very interesting to see how he cope-up with it. Skipper Steve Smith was the lone batsman who scored century in Pune test and he batted so well in that tough pitch to bat on. He led his team from the front in the second innings of Pune test.

Openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw started so well on Day-1 of that test match. The man in prime form, David Warner managed to score 38 runs in the first innings, but he scored only 10 in the second innings. Australia needs lot more from Warner and he would be a key player for Australia in Bangalore. Renshaw who started well on day-1, retired hurt soon after Warner’s dismissal due to stomach issues. Then he came back to the middle later in the day and managed to score 68 runs in the first innings and that was top score for Aussies in that innings. He also scored 31 in the second innings and accompanied his captain well. The 20-year old has capabilities to surprise all with big scores. Skipper Steve Smith’s captaincy and batting were the main reason for that huge win in Pune. He needs only 112  more runs to achieve the feat of 5000 test runs. If he bats well, he might achieve that milestone in this test itself. Experienced Shaun Marsh was batted at no. 4 in first innings and he managed to score only 16 runs. But, he opened the innings for his team in the second innings, then got out for Zero. As Australia confirmed unchanged XI for 2nd Test, Shaun Marsh gets an another chance in the series and he should produce the goods to keep his place safe.

Peter Handscomb, the recent sensation of Australia’s middle-order in tests has started well in first test. He scored 22 runs in the first innings, but failed in the attempt of converting a good start to big scores. He has bright chances to score lot of runs in Bengaluru in the second test. All Rounder Mitch Marsh did not get chance to bowl in either of innings in Pune. With the bat, he scored 4 and 31 respectively. He is a key all rounder in the team and he would offer all round performances at any time and possibly this 2nd test would be his time to prove. Wicket-keeper Mathew Wade would bat at no.7. His performances was not much impressive in the first test, but he could turns the table in the second test. Star bowler Mitchell Starc done so well with both bat and bowl in first test. He was the reason for Australia to surpassed 200 runs in first innings, he scored 61 off 63 in that innings. He also picked 2 crucial wickets at start of the innings for his team. The world class bowler is featuring at his IPL home ground Bengaluru and that would help him to perform lot better. Steve O’Keefe, the star of Australian bowling attack in first test, has plenty of things to do in this test. He is a position to prove that he is not a one-match wonder and fans expects an another good show from him. The team also has no.2 test bowler in ICC Rankings, Josh Hazlewood and Nathon Lyon. Hazlewood picked a wicket in first test and he has lot more to offer in Bengaluru. Nathon Lyon was overshadowed by O’Keefe in the first innings of Pune test, but Lyon found a place in second innings where he picked 4 important wickets and he also has lot of things in store in Bengaluru. Overall, Aussies needs a back-to-back win to retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy. As they give their 100% commitments on the field, this match would offer much more excitement and entertainments to the fans.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

INDIA :

Batsmen :

  • KL Rahul
  • Virat Kohli
  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Murali Vijay
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Karun Nair
  • Wriddhiman Saha

All Rounders :

  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Jayant Yadav

Bowlers :

  • Umesh Yadav
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Ishant Sharma
  • Kuldeep Yadav

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS :

If India brings an extra batsman Karun Nair to the XI, possible Ishant Sharma could make a way for him. In case if India includes Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the XI also, Ishant would be a victim.

1. Murali Vijay, 2. KL Rahul, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, 4. Virat Kohli, 5. Ajinkya Rahane, 6. Karun Nair / Ishant Sharma, 7. Ravichandran Ashwin, 8. Wriddhiman Saha, 9. Ravindra Jadeja, 10. Jayant Yadav, 11. Umesh Yadav.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

AUSTRALIA :

Batsmen :

  • Matt Renshaw
  • Steve Smith
  • David Warner
  • Shaun Marsh
  • Peter Handscomb
  • Mathew Wade

All Rounders :

  • Mithell Marsh
  • Mitchell Starc

Bowlers :

  • Steve O’Keefe
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Nathan Lyon

 

PLAYING XI :

Australia announced an unchanged XI on the eve of the second Test. That means Marsh brothers gets an another chances.

1. David Warner, 2. Matt Renshaw, 3. Steven Smith, 4. Shaun Marsh, 5. Peter Handscomb, 6. Mitchell Marsh, 7. Matthew Wade, 8. Mitchell Starc, 9. Steve O’Keefe, 10. Nathan Lyon, 11. Josh Hazlewood.

 

Play Well everyone!! Best Wishes to Win with your Fantasy Cricket Teams!!

 

 

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