India tour of Australia, 2018 | India vs Australia, 2nd Test | IND vs AUS Dream11 Grand League Prediction
After edging out Australia by 31-runs in what turned out to be a humdinger of a Test match at the Adelaide Oval, the caravan of India tour of Australia moves to Perth where both sides will herald into an unchartered territory as the Optus Stadium is set to make its debut.
Much of the talk leading into Test has been around the pitch conditions. Justin Langer seemed ‘fascinated’ by the prospects of a fiery pitch. Australia sees Perth as their best chance to stage a comeback in the series. But, they should be a bit wary, for every time India have been greeted with seamer-friendly conditions, memorable wins have ensued; be it Lord’s 2014, Jo’Burg 2018 or closer home- Perth, 2008.
The Indian bowlers outbowled the Aussie trio in the last game and with the kind of fragility the hosts have in their batting unit, the prospect of a lively pitch will make the Indian trio lick their lips.
While the Australians have retained the same playing 11, India has two forced changes with Ashwin and Rohit ruled out due to injury.
Where- The Optus Stadium, Perth
When:- Friday, December 14, 2018, 07:50 AM IST
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Here’s how sides might line-up for the 2nd Test:-
Batters- Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane
Wicket-Keeper- Rishab Pant
All-rounders- Ravindra Jadeja/Hanuma Vihari
Bowlers- Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Batters- Marcus Harris, Usman Khwaja, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb
Wicket-Keeper- Tim Paine
All-rounders- Travis Head
Bowlers- Mitchell Strac, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
All the build-up around the Test match has been centred around the pitch. With the local curator making every effort to make it a track that boasts of pace, seam and searing bounce, the fast bowlers from both sides will be licking their lips.
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Refrain picking openers in your Grand League team
With both sides boasting of an imperious bowling unit and the pitch offering prodigious seam and bounce, the batting conditions will be the toughest during the first twenty 20 overs. Both sides have been grappling with their opening woes, hence it is prudent to not opt for too many openers in your Grand League team.
Pick more batters from middle-order
Like we saw in the first Test, the Kookaburra ball is at its most effective during the first 20-25 overs; once the shine goes off, due to its pronounced seam, the ball goes soft, making it difficult for the bowlers to nick off batsmen. You should opt for more middle-order batters like Kohli, Pujara, Marsh, who will be playing at his home ground, Usman Khwaja or Ajinkya Rahane in your Grand League team.
Don’t write the spinners off just yet
A green tinge over the surface is like a mirage giving an illusion that spinners would be rendered ineffective. However, over the next few days, the temperatures in Perth are expected to hover in the late 30s. With the sun beating down, the cracks might open up, bringing spinners into play on the last day. In that scenario, Nathan Lyon and Jadeja [if he is selected] will come into the game in the last two days.