What To Expect From Day 2 of Third Test of BGT 2023?
Australian Team dominating Day 1 in the third Test (Source: AP Newsroom)
So the action between India and Australia is down to the third Test and the visitors have made a strong statement on Day 1. A total of 265 runs have been scored in Day 1 but 14 wickets have fallen to the dismay of the batters.
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Highlights of Day 1
Australian spinners breaking the Indian backbone: The day started on a positive note for India as they won the toss and decided to bat first. But no one could have predicted what came in next. The Indian openers gave a steady start and put on a partnership of 27 runs. After this in a span of 19 overs India lost 7 wickets for just 55 runs. They went to lunch at 84 for 7 in 26 overs.
Australia wrapping up the Indian tail quickly: As the day started after lunch, the next three Indian wickets fell for 25 more runs. The hosts were bundled out for just 109 runs and for the first time in the series Australia was way ahead in the match.
Determined batting from the visitors: After the Indian team was bowled out cheaply, there was a general consensus that the hosts will be even more lethal with the ball. But Usman Khawaja led a determined Australian batting and the hosts were able to end the day with a 47 runs lead.
At the end of Day 1, Australia are 156 for 4 with Cameron Green (6 off 10) and Peter Handscomb (7 off 36) out in the middle.
An intriguing day of play awaits us tomorrow and it will be exciting to see an Indian comeback from this sort of pressure, but will they be able to do so?
Expectations from Day 3
India will be looking to dominate the play in the first session tomorrow. As the first day has shown us, the pitch will be the best for he bowlers in the morning session.
Rohit Sharma and company will be looking to get done with the Australian batting within next 40-50 runs. After this India will be looking to post a target around 150 for the Aussies. Anything above 150 will be difficult to chase down for the visitors on this strip.
Ravindra Jadeja will be the key for India on Day 2 (Source: AP Newsroom)
Key player for India: Ravindra Jadeja has picked up all the wickets today. He will once again bear they key tomorrow and not only for his bowling. Being a left-handed batter, Jadeja will play a vital role in India's batting efforts in the second innings.
Australia will have only one plan for now and that is bat as long as possible and try to bat India out of the match. They will try and stretch the lead in the first innings to such a number from where they either don't have to bat in the fourth innings or even if they bat, they don't have to chase more than a hundred.
Peter Handscomb will be the key batter for Australia on Day 2
Key Player for Australia: Peter Handscomb is the best player of spin among the batters left in store for the visitors. He will have to be the anchor around which the batting revolves in an attempt to take a considerable lead.
What will we see on Day 3?
- Plenty of over from the spinners once again.
- The wicket being at its potent best in the first session of the day.
- India making a comeback of sorts in the match.