After inexperienced Australia thumped India by the massive margin of 333 in the first Test on the turf which was rated poor by International Cricket Council body’s match referee Chris Broad, the pitch curators in Bangalore are aiming high in a bid to work hard – to make it a productive wicket for both India and Australia sides.
India would like to make a strong comeback after they suffered from a collective failure as the visitors are high on confidence after wrapping the first Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy inside three days while bundling out formidable India on 105 and 107 respectively.
Earlier, many cricket experts had termed India as favourites at their own backyard, but playing to their potential Australia had turned the tables by giving their one of the best performances they have had displayed in Asia by their all-round performance in the red-ball cricket.
The Pune track favoured the visitors as it backfired what the curators would’ve not thought. And it was left-arm orthodox spinner Steve O’Keefe, who rose on to the occasion by claiming 12 wickets in the game to bring Indian batting line-up to its knees.
Hosts’ skipper, Virat Kohli who had a prolific run with the bat and has turned out as the significant leader particularly in longer format,
Showing its character, Kohli would be backing his boys in Bangalore to start the second Test game with the winning note after plenty of drama took place in Pune.
India is ranked number one in the ICC Test Rankings after giving remarkable performances throughout the season last year and the side would be desperate to open the score in the ongoing Test series in which Australia came as Underdogs.
Before the start of the series opener India had 19 unbeaten Tests wins in the kitty since August 2015.
Interestingly, India lost the Test for the first time since 2012 at home and this show how they have build on in the longer format cricket in their backyard under two different leaders in the form of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who eventually retired from the Test cricket in 2014.
The hosts’ are sweating out profusely in the nets to bounce back in the remainder of the Test series as Kohli would not like to tinker too much in the Playing XI after the crushing defeat in Pune.
Here we look at the predicted XI for the second Test match against Australia at Bengaluru.