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Live: India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 1 at Bengaluru

India’s playing XI: Lokesh Rahul, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair​, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja,  Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma​.

Australia’s playing XI: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steven Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

TOSS: India wins the toss and elects to bat first

Bengaluru: Live cricket score and live updates from Day 1 of the second Test match between India and Australia. Virat Kohli and his men would be looking to bounce back after suffering a shocking 333-run loss in the first Test at Pune.

Australia will be high on confidence since they have a 1-0 lead in the four-match series going into the second match. After being flummoxed on a rank-turner in Pune, it remains to be seen whether the wicket at Bengaluru will assist spinners or not.

India`s 19-match winning streak came to an end in Pune as they lost by 333 runs inside three days, giving Australia the much-needed confidence. On a pitch assisted by spin, India got a dose of their own medicine in Pune as left-arm spinner Steve O`Keefe took 12 wickets in the match to floor the hosts.

The pitch here is generally known to be batting friendly but spin will come into play expectedly from the third day. The spin-assisted Pune played into Australia`s hands as they grabbed their first win since 2004 and it will be interesting to see how the visitors fare against the hurt and smarting Indians, who will come hard at them.

Australia, having won the very first match, are high on confidence. This team`s approach, unlike other Australian visiting teams in the past, has been different. They have taken a cautious and modest approach which also can be judged from the fact that skipper Steven Smith admitted that they would like the underdog status before the first Test. That soft approach would not have been expected of a Steve Waugh or a Ricky Ponting who also never had great records in the Indian sub-continent.

Date: 4 March, Saturday to 8 March, Wednesday

Time: 12pm SGT/9:30am IST/4am GMT

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

TV Channel: Star Sports

Live Streaming: The match can be seen online on Hotstar.


India: Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya.

Australia: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O`Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.

Source: Zee News