Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust & Border to Gavaskar?
Australia’s tour of India was much anticipated and was being considered as another one-sided clash in which the home team will dominate and destruct the visiting squad. The last tour of Australia in that side of the world didn’t go well when they were humiliated by a weaker Sri Lankan side.
The First Blow to the Host Nation...
But against all odds and predictions, Aussies produced a bolt out of the blue on the Indian team in the first test where they defeated the home team by a margin of 333 runs at Pune. This was the biggest defeat to the Indian side at home in a decade. Virat Kohli and Co. were outclassed by the classics of Smith and company. BCCI made a pitch that was tailor-made for their spinners and the ball was turning miles long surprisingly in the first session of the day. Aussies turned the tables on the Indian team while the ball was in their hand and Steven O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon produced spells that shattered the mighty Indian Line up into pieces.
The Brilliant Comeback from India...
Australia remained dominant in the second match for three days also but a master piece from Pujara and a sensible innings by Rahane made sure India gave Australia something to chase in the final innings. The 4th innings was never going to be easy and it was shown when Ravi Jadeja and Ashwin made a mockery of the Australian line up defeating them by 75 runs while defending 187. The DRS Controversy & the hype around it; This wasn’t the all that happened in the first two test matches. There was a lot of melodrama and controversy in between the tests. Smith’s prematch conference started it all when he said that they are a session away from retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Then Virat and Ishant Sharma led a series of sledging and chanting on the Aussie batting-line up. Virat and Co. failed to utilize DRS properly whereas Smith under pressure looked at the Dressing room for some signals for the DRS review. Smith’s action didn’t impressed Virat quite much who blamed the Aussie team for cheating in the press-conference.
Build up to the 3rd Test:
The controversy, the hype and the adrenaline rush has reached its peak right before the 3rd Test match. Mitchel Starc has been replaced by Pat Cummins who would be a great add to the Aussie bowling-line up. The pitch at Ranchi is again expected to be rank turner, the toss will play a crucial role in the 3rd match and chasing in the 4th Innings wouldn’t be easy. Indian team bounced back well in the previous match and will look to carry on their form and momentum into the 3rd match. Australian team will need to revamp their strategy and rebound as team to come back strong in the 3rd match otherwise the Indian bowling-lineup will be all over them in the final two test matches.
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Players to Watch Out For
Virat Kohli and David Warner. Virat Kohli has never been so much under pressure in his entire career than now and we all know what he is capable of producing under pressure. Probably the only player in the world that performs under pressure brilliantly.
David Warner , they attack leader of the Australian line up along with Steven Smith has been out of form or we may say out of response against Ravi Ashwin. Warner would look to play positive and go out for an all-out attack on the Indian bowling line up in the coming test
Chances & Predictions: On a scale of five Indian team has 3 out of 5 stars of winning the next match considering their form, pitch and pressure on the Australian Team. Australia on the other hand are not down and out, they have produced a magnificent performance in the first test and if they won the toss in the 3rd and played some positive cricket, they may surprise the home team once again.