The 2nd game of the four match Border-Gavaskar Trophy test series between India and Australia will be played at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi. The match will start at 9:30 AM IST.
Before talking about the second test match let’s preview the first test match where Australian Skipper Pat Cummins won the toss and chose to bat. The Australian side was dismissed for a score of 177 in the 1st innings as the Indian bowlers bold a straight line and length targeting the stumps, resulting into a number dismissals through clean bolds and LBWs. The Indian bowlers avoiding lose deliveries most of the time, the Australian batsmen were restricted to limited scores.
When the Indians came out to bat Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul gave India a worthy start of 77 runs, till KL Rahul’s dismissal when the Indian team lost a few quick wickets in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ravichandran Ashwin. The only batsman who looked comfortable on that wicket was Rohit Sharma who gulped up a brilliant 120 of 212 balls and paved way to a stabilising partnership of 88 runs between Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. Because of these three stunning performances by Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, India got to a big total of 400 runs giving Australia a lead of 223 runs.
When Australia come out to bat in their second innings they were found clueless against the spin of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Blown of like dust the full Australian team was all out for 91 in their second innings which meant that the Indian team won the first test match by an inning and 132 runs.
Now let’s shift focus on the second test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. As far as the Delhi pitch goes, historically we have seen that it’s a good pitch to bat on for the first two days of the test match. So which were team wins the toss should elect to bat first and their shot selection meticulously planned.
The ball should be played on its merit and kept as close to the body as possible. Both the teams should avoid playing reckless shots on the first morning of the test match. Whoever gets the chance to bat should look to take advantage of the beneficial batting conditions of the pitch on the first two days of the test match. On the third and the fourth day the pitch will get challenging to bat on and the will start to play tricks. Some balls will bounce and some will tend to keep low as the pitch won’t have consistent bounce.
TFG Fantasy Stars for IND vs AUS
Shubman Gill is a class touch player and has every shot in the book. He can play the back foot punch and the front foot punch both exceptionally well through the offside and also dish out a technically perfect pull shot through square leg. His late cut against spin bowling is a delight and he also plays some gorgeous cover drives through the covers. He has played 13 test matches, scored 736 runs, with a batting average of 32.00 and a strike rate of 57.68 in his International test career so far.
Rohit Sharma can play both ways he can attack when he wants to and play patiently when the situation demands. He plays the cut and the pull shot mighty well and his beautiful straight drive down the ground is praise worthy. His cover drive are glorious and he has the ability to take the game away from the opposition single-handedly. He has played 46 test matches, scored 3257 runs, with a batting average of 47.20 and a strike rate of 55.79 in his test International career so far.
Cheteshwar Pujara also known as puja is a magnificently talented player who can play the cut and the cover drive exceedingly well. He also plays the straight drive extremely well through mid -off with the spin. He has a solid technique and if he settles down, he can bat for long hours at the crease without getting impatient. He has played 99 matches, scored 7021 runs, with a batting average of 44.15 and a strike rate of 44.44 in his International test career so far.
David Warner also known DV warner, plays the cover drive with authority through the covers and can play the sweep shot thoroughly hard through square leg. He uses his feet against the spinners and banks the ball down the ground. He has played 102 International matches, scored 8143 runs, with a batting average of 45.74 and a strike rate of 71.18 in his International test career so far.
Usman Khawaja can play a stunningly gorgeous square drive through the off side and uses his feet against spin, going straight over mid- off. He can also play a competent pull shot over square leg. He has played 57 test matches, scored 4168 runs, with a batting average of 46.83 and a strike rate of 50.87 in his International test career so far.
Marnus Labuschagne can play the cut and the pull shot awfully well and also hits a lovely cover drive through the covers. His paddle sweep through short fine leg is pure class. He has played 34 test matches, scored 3216 runs, with a batting average of 58.47 and a strike rate of 55.41 in his International test career so far.
Possible 11: IND
Shubham Gill, Rohit Sharma , Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Srikar Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja , Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed siraj , Mohammed Shami.
Possible 11: AUS
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Todd Murphy.
TFG Fantasy Picks for IND vs AUS
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