India vs Australia 2nd Test: After being thrashed by the visiting Aussies in the first Test by 333 runs, team India is looking forward to bounce back in the 2nd Test in Bengaluru. Though the Pune pitch was termed ‘poor’ by match referee Chris Broad, neither of the teams commented further on it. Instead, it is BCCI that is accountable and will have to reply ICC Chief Executive Committee within 14 days.
It was no exception as the captain that won the toss went on to score a lucky century while one of his new recruit went on to become the Man of the Match. However, this time it wasn’t the duo of Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin, but the visiting captain Steve Smith and left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe. It was never expected by maximum fans in India that the home team will lose by such a huge margin.
Despite the loss, Team India has it in them to bounce back strongly, as they have done it many a times in the past. Coach Anil Kumble, now has advised his wards to forget the Pune Test as an aberration and concentrate on the remaining 3 Tests, by taking it as a 3-match Test series.
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Team India will be under tremendous pressure to bounce back as they carry immense expectations on their shoulders; most notably they are guided by a captain who loves to thrive difficult conditions. The Chinnaswamy track will be different from Pune. While, batting here will be relatively easier than it was in Pune, the bowlers will have to toil hard for wickets. Looking at the conditions, India might go with 3 spinners and 2 pacers. Can Australia continue to impress after the unexpected victory in Pune?
When is the match?
The 2nd Test begins on March 4 and will end on March 8.
Where can you watch the match?
The 2nd Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will continue to be broadcasted live on Star Sports 1 (English) and Star Sports 3 (Hindi). It will also be streamed live on hotstar.com. You can also get all live updates and scores on FinancialExpress.com.
When will the second Test match begin?
The match will start at 9:30 AM (IST).
Where will the match be played?
The 2nd Test will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya.
Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Stephen O’Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade (wk).