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This Friday, Australia will be hoping for a reset against India. They traveled to the subcontinent in excellent form, having won series against the West Indies and South Africa comprehensively. However, India quickly reminded them why they’ve only managed four series wins on Indian soil across the past 70 years, trouncing the by an innings and 132 runs.
Now, with three more Tests to play, India will be looking to claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in this series, while Australia will be eager to make amends. We look at the betting odds for the second Test match, and break down all the best bets to place ahead of the first ball being bowled on Friday.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- India vs Australia second Test
- 17th of February, 4:00 AM GMT
- Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, India
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Ahead of the first Test between India and Australia, the Nagpur pitch was all the talk. Questionable preparation to favour the Indian spinners was being discussed, and while Jadeja and Ashwin did take the bulk of the Australian wickets, it was likely due to the visitor’s poor shot selection than anything else.
This week, ground staff have attempted to ban media from photographing the pitch in Delhi. However, reports are of a dry pitch, with plenty of cracks developing on a length for spinners. Weather is expected to be fine, in the high-20s and low-30s with no rain.
India vs Australia – Match Predictions
Given how dominant India were in the first Test, and the fact that another spin-friendly pitch seems to have been prepared in Delhi, it’s hard to see this match going much differently to the first. We expect Australia to be improved, having had more exposure to Indian conditions now and an opportunity to learn from their mistakes last week.
The inclusion of Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc, if this comes to fruition, will also help the Aussie’s cause. However, despite this Test potentially being more competitive, we’re still backing India for a relatively comfortable victory at 1/2 (1.50).
Rahul to be India’s Top Run Scorer
Murphy to be Australia’s Top Bowler
India Top Run Scorer First Innings
KL Rahul has a knack for performing under pressure. With players such as Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav sitting on the bench tomorrow, and Rahul not having scored a Test half century in over 13 months, it’s safe to say there’s pressure on the veteran’s place in the side.
With his team likely to win this match, but KL Rahul batting for his career, we say it’s the perfect storm for the opener to go big in Delhi
Prediction: KL Rahul to be India’s top run scorer in the first innings.
Australia Top Bowler First Innings
The Test career of Australia’s Todd Murphy is just beginning, and yet the 22-year-old looks to have a bright future. On debut last week, he outperformed fellow veteran spinner Nathan Lyon, claiming seven wickets. Beginner’s luck? We think not.
While Lyon will certainly be eager to get more action this Test, we still say Murphy will collect the lion’s share of the wickets again, and be Australia’s top wicket taker in the second Test.
Prediction: Todd Murphy to be Australia’s top bowler in the first innings.
India vs Australia Preview
With these bets in mind, here’s a closer look at how each team is shaping up ahead of Friday’s match:
India will be eager to keep their winning combination from the first Test relatively stable, but have the option of making at least one change. Suryakumar Yadav made his Test debut in place of the injured Shreyas Iyer, however, the middle-order batsman has now recovered and is available to play on Friday. It would be a harsh demotion, but given Yadav only made eight runs, his spot may be lost.
India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.
Australia are still facing a few selection dilemmas ahead of Friday’s match. Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc were both out of the first Test with injuries, and the hope is that they’ll be fit and ready to play tomorrow. Starc would likely replace Scott Boland, while Green would replace Matt Renshaw. Fast bowler Matthew Kuhnemann has also joined the squad and is a potential to make his debut.
Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Kuhnemann, David Warner.
How to Watch India vs Australia Second Test in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
Those looking to live stream or watch the India vs Australia second Test on TV have several options:
- BT Sports 1
- Sky Sports Cricket