Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Australia vs India 2020 - 2nd Test
The 2nd Test of the four-match series between Australia and India will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in Australia.
Live Scores and Stats - Australia v India 2nd Test
When the two teams entered the first test match of the series at Adelaide, Australia had a few more questions than India. Going into the second test match, the situation has been flipped.
To add to Virat Kohli's absence, Mohammed Shami has been ruled out to the test series with a broken arm. This comes on the back of the absence of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma, which leaves a few gaping holes in the Indian playing XI.
If there is one thing that India can take heart from, it is that explosive opener David Warner is still not fit enough to take his spot in the Australian playing XI and the visitors will have an opportunity to make early inroads as Matthew Wade and Joe Burns continue to open the batting for the home side.
However, it will be tough with the pace attack that is likely to comprise Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj, with the spotlight on Bumrah. Ravindra Jadeja is likely to replace Hanuma Vihari if he is fully fit.
KL Rahul and Shubman Gill will also come into the side while Rishabh Pant is all set to get the nod at the expense of Wriddhiman Saha.
With Warner unavailable, Australia are not likely to make any changes to their playing XI, and why would they, after just having dismissed the opposition for 36!
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia - Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c & wk), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood
India - Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Australia
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Steve Smith (Australia), Mayank Agarwal (India)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mitchell Starc (Australia), Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Most Sixes – Matthew Wade (Australia), Rishabh Pant (India)
Man of the Match – Mitchell Starc
Team Scores Batting first – Australia 350+, India 320+
Match Handicap Australia
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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