The Indian batsmen were given a tough time from the Aussie quick bowlers in the opening One Day International, and having tasted blood, the Australians will be looking to keep things fiery in the second match of the series.
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India’s much vaunted batting line-up fell away to the Australian speedsters – but the bowlers were given license to attack after the batsmen had posted more than 300 in the first clash.
The Indian bowlers seemed lost when bowling to Aaron Finch, while captain George Bailey played a cracker of an innings to lay a superb foundation for the smashers down the order.
Then Mitchell Johnson intimidated, Clint McKay delivered and James Faulkner overcame an expensive first spell to stall the Indian middle-order.
Jaipur will offer a true pitch; there will be pace and bounce for the batsmen to work their shots but if a bowler is prepared to bend his back, he will also get them to rip and snort.
As things currently stand, Australia have at least one bowler who can do that – Johnson was cranking up to more than 150 km/hr in the first game while Nathan Coulter-Nile can also hurry the batsmen into playing a false stroke or two.
Australia will be tempted to play Coulter-Nile tonight. He can play a few shots with the bat too and an extra pace bowler may not harm the side’s chances. However, five speedsters, including Shane Watson, would be a luxury so the selectors and Steve Rixon will have options.
India won’t change their batting line-up, but the bowling might change as they might look to bring in Shami Ahmed, a bowler who makes up for his lack of experience with his pace. The toss-up for that spot will be between Ahmed, Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar.
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled decently in the first game but they will also feel the need to adapt to the pitch at Rajasthan.
India continue to remain favourites but Australia will have got their confidence up and there is plenty of support from home as a win – in any form – is seen as some hope for the return Ashes.
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