1st Test- Australia Vs India-23 To 27 Feb- Review Day 2- Australia in Driver’s Seat

Australia were bowled out for 260 runs after resuming innings at 259/9. India began disastrously losing three wickets for just 44 runs with Skipper V Kohli, in form batsmen back in the pavilion. The situation was grim for India.

After a brief resistance by A Rahane (13 in 55 balls) and a good knock of 64 by KL Rahul, the nightmare for India began as wickets fell like nine pins and from 94/3 the team was all out at just 105 runs conceding a lead of 155 runs to Australia. India lost 7 wickets for just 11 runs. A pathetic display of batting by middle and tail end batsmen.

All credit must go to Australians bowlers who bowled extremely well. They bowled good line and length and spinners made best use of the wicket pinning Indian batsmen. Steve O Keef was the top bowler of the day picking up 6 wickets. His figures of 13.2/2/21/6 will be remembered for a long time.

Australia began their second innings cautiously and ended the day at 143/4 with an overall lead of 298 runs with 6 wickets in hand.

Analysis

The wicket is turning and will deteriorate further on Day 3. Australia will try to build up the score to minimum around 275/300 and declare in order to gain an overall lead of 450 plus runs. Any lead more than this will be a big bonus to them.

Scoring 450 runs on a turning wicket will be a herculean task for India. However, if Indians spinners bowl intelligently, then they can pick up few early wickets and restrict visitors to around 210. This may give an outside chance to India to score 365 runs to win the match on Day 4.

Going by the attitude, confidence and form of players, India is unlikely to lift it’s game and may lose the match on Day 4 by more than 100 runs.

Cricket is an unpredictable game. Freak performances have always turned the tide of the match. Can any India player turn the tables on Australia. It is unlikely but anything can happen in this game of cricket.

Good luck both the teams.

May the better team win.

Ravi

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