After losing the very first Pune Test of Border-Gavaskar trophy, India is under huge expectation to level the series. On the other hand, Australia is also not ready to lose the 2nd test at any cost. So, the cricket world is all set to witness another clash of the titans.
The Bangalore pitch has become already dry, lost its grass and now it is golden in colour. The lush green square has been trimmed. On Saturday, India and Australia will come out there to play a five-day game. After massive 333-run defeat in the first game, India will never risk preparing another turner like Pune. Moreover, Bangalore is a flat track that takes spin from day three.
Apart from pitch preparation, the bigger question is that: Can Kohli & Co. bounce back? Can Team India come back to the winning form which they were enjoying before Australia halted it?
However, the previous records do not speak in the favour of India. Last time in 2004 the Aussies won the 1st Test of the series; they finish four-match series at 2-1. In 2001 Team India won the three-match series 2-1 after that unforgettable Kolkata Test.
Out of Fifteen series where India began with a loss in the very first Test, they end with 10 defeats of them. Versus Australia, India starts a series with a loss of 7 times.
The statistic may not in India’s favour but this time, Virat Kohli & Co. is not that type of team which will let a loss pressurize them to play as a timid opponent on the field.
The first test loss was more humiliating since India was bowled out twice for 105 and 107 and that will ache their hearts. Even it was exposed that they are more or less dependent on R Ashwin and Virat Kohli, who couldn’t perform up to the expectation.
On the other hand, Steve Smith led his team Australia with the example. While the talk of turning pitches weakness has been rested after scoring a century, the emergence of Steve O’Keefe with the figure of 12 wickets for 70 runs in Pune, has also boosted the team confidence.