No change likely in Indian team for second Test against Australia

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 1:55:15 by

India gave no chance to Australia, and won the first Test comprehensively by eight wickets. The Men in Blue were tip-toe after facing recent losses at home.

After England crushed the Indian side in the Test series, the Green Shirts did the same thing. After suffering an unlucky defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the limited-over series, Team Blue showed some improvement, and won the ODI series against England.

Now, the Indians have shown good stuff, and won the opening encounter with ease. Batting first, the Australians managed to pile up a handy total of 380, thanks to Michael Clarke’s wonderful ton.

In reply, the Indians were super impressive. After Sachin Tendulkar smashed a classy innings of 81, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni did the trick, and took the side to a huge total.

The skipper, in particular, did well with the bat, and scored a double ton. The Kangaroos failed to do anything special in the second innings, and could set a small total of 50, which the home side achieved quite easily.

After taking 1-0 lead in the series, the Men in Blue are unlikely to make any changes to the line-up. Ravi Ashwin, who scalped 12 wickets in the game, will continue to lead the bowling attack.

“You have to see the opposition line-up," said Mahendra Singh Dhoni after India’s eight-wicket win in Chennai. "Especially in this Test match, there were lots of left-handers and we assumed that the wicket would turn. It’s often said that the away-going
spinner is quite difficult to play.”

“We had someone like Jadeja who can bowl long spells and at the same time be conservative. That was the one of the main reasons we went with two offspinners, and Jadeja doing the left-arm spinner’s job."

"There was a bit of spin for the spinners, but overall this was quite a good wicket," said Dhoni. "Also, Bhuvnesh [Kumar] is someone who can bat a bit. We all know the importance of batting deep because it really frustrates the opposition bowling. I think
we went with the right combination.

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