Update: Australia wins the 2nd test and leads the series 2-0
Sydney Cricket Ground creates history as it hosts its 100th test match. Heavyweights India and Australia would feature in this historic test match to be played on this remarkable ground. Australia enters into the 2nd test as favourites whereas India would look to clinch a win and level the series.
Australia defeated India by 122 runs in the 1st test at Melbourne. The batting frailties of Indian team remains a worrying factor. Especially the form of Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir. India needs good starts from the openers and a firm stand from the middle order. India fell prey to Australian bowling attack in 2nd test or it could have been a thriller.
Indian bowlers have so far done a good job. They have been successful in troubling the Australian top order. The thing which they are wary of is the delay that occurs to bowl out the lower order. In this delayed process the opposition gathers enough runs to put pressure on the visiting team batsmen.
Sachin and Laxman enjoy an exceptionally well record on this ground. If they click India may have an upper hand in this test match. Laxman has scored 3 centuries here whereas this venue is the favourite of Sachin outside India. He averages above 200 on this ground.
This match certainly is a do or die affair for India because a win here keeps their series win hopes alive. A little bit of rain and overcast conditions cause a worry for the match. Hopefully the sun shines bright and we all can see a full match.