India vs Australia 2nd test Preview

Tricia Pearson
March 3, 2017

Kumble responded to a question regarding the same.

Talking about the team combination, the 28-year-old said, "We have a combination in mind and we will finalise it when we sit together this evening". They seemed in pole position to go 1-0 up in the series in the first Test at Galle, before Dinesh Chandimal played one of the best counter-attacking innings in recent times to bring the hosts back into the game.

The Chinnaswamy wicket seems in ideal shape with a tinge of grass, a slow turner and flat pitch to assist batsmen to the fullest. "Knowing the spirit of the Indian team I know that they will fight back hard", quoted Tendulkar as saying. "Otherwise, 4-0", said former India spinner Harbhajan Singh.

The Australians, on the other hand, showed tremendous skill to adapt to the turning pitch, especially skipper Steven Smith, who led from the front with a well-struck 100 to put the game beyond India.

The fans there are very loud and when I've played there in the Indian Premier League, there's a piercing whistle constantly going off. It happens very rarely that the whole team does not perform, this is what happened in the last match. "A result is what we want from a Test match, and this looks like a good batting wicket", he felt. And when you're chasing the game like that, the little moments become that much more prominent. Not only was it an unexpected win, it was a complete demolition of the home side and must have sent reverberations into India's changing room.

Australia also appear to finally be heeding the request of Lehmann and Smith, who have repeatedly demanded they adapt to conditions.

Smith's counterpart, India captain Virat Kohli, is a model of fitness and discipline and takes his diet as seriously as he does facing a rampaging Mitchell Starc. I was so impressed with the way we played.

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"The last wicket we played on we thought 250 was a good total".

"We've got to think about our own game, and be open in the team meetings". We only look at what we need to achieve, and if we do so, results will follow.

In each of the above three series, we can see a common trend - it was the bowlers who rose to the task and delivered every single time. We are one win away from retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Replying to a question about the use of DRS, Kumble dismissed suggestions that the Indian team did not use it better.

"It's wonderful. I think it's making up for the summer Josh and I had", Starc told reporters on Tuesday. "I wish him all the best and want him to keep improving", Rajkumar signed off.

If the hosts produce a repeat performance such as this in Bengaluru, there are no prizes for guessing what the outcome will be. The Indian spinners turned the ball a bit too much and their batsmen played for the turn that was not there, and in the end the pitch proved to be a riddle for the home side, when it was expected to be the Australians' graveyard.

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