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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction Australia v India 2nd Test

Virat Kohli
India's captain Kohli and his teammate Ashwin celebrate after India defeated Australia

After India won the opening match of a series against Australia in Australia for the first time in more than 70 years, it has set up the series very nicely.

India pipped Australia to the post by 31 runs in the first Test at Adelaide and there are certainly more questions in the Australian camp than the Indian side. Team India would not have liked to tinker with the winning combination and would have probably gone with three seamers and the lone spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin but injuries to Rohit Sharma and Ashwin have changed the scenario. Given that the pitch at the new stadium in Perth is expected to have a lot of spice for the pacers, playing a four-prong attack can also be an option.

Mohammed Shami would be able to extract a lot more lateral movement at Perth, Jasprit Bumrah would be awkward as ever while Ishant Sharma would get more bounce if he bends his back.

With the pitch not expected to help the spinners as much, Ravindra Jadeja and Nathan Lyon will act more as stock bowlers in the first innings but things might change in the second essay.

Australian Legend Shane Warne has called for replacing Peter Handscomb with Marcus Stoinis as it would give the team more bowling options. Warne was of the view that the Australian bowlers had to cop a very heavy workload which is not ideal for a four-match Test series.

Michael Hussey has also suggested to bring Aaron Finch at No 6 and open the batting with Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja.

But one thing is for sure, if the pitch actually is as juicy as it is being reported, the Indian bowlers will back themselves as much as the Aussies.


Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams.

India- Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia- Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c) (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – India

Head to Head – Matches Played: 95, Australia: 41, India: 27, Draw: 26

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Virat Kohli (India), Usman Khwaja (Australia)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jasprit Bumrah (India), Mitchell Starc (Australia)

Most Fours – Virat Kohli (India), Usman Khwaja (Australia)

Team Scores Batting First – India 240+, Australia 210+

*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 soon, so stay tuned.

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