IND vs AUS Dream11 Team Predictions: Recommended players
Looking at every player’s recent form, the ideal eleven should have 1 Wicket-Keeper, 4 Batsmen, 2 All-rounder and 4 bowlers.
Wicket-Keeper: Tim Paine.
Batsmen: Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul.
All-rounders: Cameron Green, R Ashwin
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood and Umesh Yadav
India vs Australia 2nd Test: Introduction
The 2nd India vs Australia test match is scheduled from 26th December 2020 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. It has been a disastrous couple of days for the Indian cricket team after keeping their noses ahead in the first two days of the 1st Test at Adelaide. To make things worse, they will be without the services of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami for the boxing day test.
In the opposite camp, even though their batting camp has a lot of flaws to cover, their bowlers bowled an exceptional spell to grab the victory in the first game. The pitch at the MCG is expected to be a belter with the team winning the toss looking to post a huge 1st innings score.
Even though the hosts are the firm favorites going into this game, the Indian team would be treating the 1st game as the water under a bridge.
IND vs AUS 2nd Test Match: Player Analysis
a. India vs Australia Dream11 Team Predictions: Wicket-keepers
The Australian captain and wicket-keeper Tim Paine played a gem of an innings despite the other side faltering to India’s bowling. His knock proved vital as the hosts went 1-0 up in the series.
The reserve keeper in the side Matthew Wade looked awful with no application as the experts criticized the management for promoting him up the order.
As far as India is concerned, there’s a definite chance of Rishabh Pant replacing Wriddhiman Saha after an awful performance with the bat as well as with the gloves. Even though you can cut some slack for his performance in the 2nd innings, the veteran player had a perfectly setup platform to make it big.
On the contrary, Rishabh Pant did have a good record when he visited Australia last time around scoring 350 runs in 7 innings along with 20 dismissals.
b. IND vs AUS Dream11 Team Predictions: Batsmen
Even though there are several concerns over the opening pair, it seems that Joe Burns has sealed his spot with his contribution in the 2nd innings. On the other hand, David Warner who has reached Melbourne is still doubtful of making it to the eleven while Will Pucovski ruled out for the remainder of the series.
This also implies that there is meek probability of Marcus Harris getting the call for the 2nd game. Marcus Labuschagne played a crucial knock in the 1st innings and picks himself in the eleven whereas Steve Smith suffered a one-off performance at the Adelaide oval.
Another interesting stat here is that Steve Smith averages over 100 in a boxing-day game paving way for a big knock from the big man. Even though Travis Head has done enough to seal his spot at 5, he needs a big innings to instill back the confidence. He averages close to 50 at home and is solid with his technique.
For India, they have a lot to ponder about their batting and the way they had no answers to Australian pace attack, especially in the 2nd innings. Prithvi Shaw would be shown the door with the youngster requiring a mammoth change in his technique to play in foreign conditions.
This means that Shubman Gill might come in place who played exceptionally well in the practice games. Mayank Agarwal retains his spot with the reputation of playing responsibly in the 1st innings but needs to assume extra responsibility at the top.
The onus is on Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to score as much as possible with Kohli coming back to India. Pujara tackled the bowling extremely well in the 1st innings but shouldn’t go into the shell in the process. It is important for the likes of him to make use of the scoring opportunities. On the other hand, Rahane has been getting to 30s or 40s but hasn’t converted that to a big one.
If India were to pose a considerable challenge, one of them should hold one end in the coming games. KL Rahul will come in place of Virat Kohli with his batting order still unclear. It is important for someone like him to show the way for the youngsters by performing well.
Cameron Green didn’t have the best of the starts to his international career but he will be given another go to prove himself. He did a decent job when thrown the ball making the most of the old Kookaburra. He looked confident with the bat but fell to a blinder by Virat Kohli. Considering all this, he will start the next game.
Sean Abbott is set to join the squad for the second game after suffering a calf injury in the practice games. The bowling all-rounder hasn’t played in Tests but has all it takes to play in the big stage.
Ravindra Jadeja is expected to come into the eleven as he is declared fit for the next game. The all-rounder brings a lot to the table and can bowl in tandem with R Ashwin. He can also provide some useful runs with the bat and is a world class candidate in the field.
On the other hand, Hanuma Vihari would be disappointed to sit out after poor show in both the innings of the 1st Test.
d. India vs Australia Dream11 Team Predictions: Bowlers
The Australia pace attack will go unchanged after bulldozing India’s hopes of victory at the Adelaide oval. Mitchell Starc is a completely different bowler at home mixing up his lengths perfectly to keep the batsmen guessing. Having taken over 150 wickets in Australia, it is not easy to see him off with the new ball.
He will be accompanied by the World No.1 Test bowler Pat Cummins who is relentless and impeccable with his lines and lengths. He was the one who exposed the Indian batting lineup that faltered like a house of cards on 3rd day.
The first change Josh Hazlewood bowled a beautiful spell where he took a fifer in those favoring conditions for the side. He is proving to be an asset in the side. Nathan Lyon is very significant for the side given his reputation of picking up wickets with his overspin. Considering the pitch to be flatter, Lyon will have a huge role if the match goes into the 5th day.
On the other hand, India’s bowling woes continue after Mohammad Shami was ruled out due to an injury. This means that Jasprit Bumrah will shoulder the responsibility of the pace attack from now on. Even though he picked just two wickets in the last game, he was right on the money with his hard lengths, bumpers and occasional yorkers.
The 2nd pacer Umesh Yadav has a big role to play in the next three games with the pacer finding a much better control over his delivery.
The third pacer in the side is expected to be Mohammad Siraj who is set to make his Test debut at the MCG.
Australia vs India Dream 11 predictions: Match prediction and Latest News
Looking at the prediction platforms like Bet365 and Betway, this epic clash is expected to go the Australia’s way with India requiring a massive effort in the absence of Kohli and Shami to pull off an unlikely victory at the MCG .
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