India vs Australia 2nd Test Predictions, Preview & Squad

India will be under pressure after the humiliating defeat in the first Test in Pune and they would be desperate to bounce back against Australia in the second match, starting Saturday, March 4. The 2nd match of the series will played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The host is currently trailing by 1-0 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. And an important question is Will India bounce back? or Will Australia take a second lead in the series? Here is India vs Australia 2nd Test predictions, match preview and possible playing XI.

It is not the first time Virat as a captain facing this situation but last time India come back from going 1-0 down in the first match under Virat Kohli captaincy was in August 2015 where team India comeback and won the series by 2-1 against Sri Lanka. India will hope to repeat this performance in current series.

India vs Australia 2nd Test Predictions

Team India lost their first game after 19 Tests by 333 runs against Australia at Pune. It was was a completely unexpected performance from the No. 1 Test team. Australian skipper Smith scored a century in the second inning to embarrass the hosts.

It will be interesting to see how Kohli will play in the second Test after failed to fire in both the innings of 1st Test which happen rarely. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have to come to the fore this time around.

India vs Australia 2nd Test Predictions

The second Test will depend on how Indian and Australian spinners perform in the match. As per reports, pitch would provide a fair-contest between bat and ball which means both teams have equal chances but as per prediction, India will bounce back strongly in the 2nd match at Bangalore.

Playing XI

Likely XI and reserves
1. David Warner
2. Matt Renshaw
3. Shaun Marsh
4. Steve Smith (c)
5. Peter Handscomb
6. Mitch Marsh
7. Matthew Wade (wk)
8. Steve O’Keefe
9. Mitchell Starc
10. Josh Hazlewood
11. Nathan Lyon

Rest of squad: Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Mitchell Swepson, Usman Khawaja

Likely XI and reserves
1. Lokesh Rahul
2. Murali Vijay
3. Cheteshwar Pujara
4. Virat Kohli (c)
5. Ajinkya Rahane
6. Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. Ravichandran Ashwin
9. Jayant Yadav
10. Umesh Yadav
11. Ishant Sharma

Rest of squad: Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Karun Nair, Bhuvneshwar Kumar