India-Nagpur first test being played in Nagpur
Australia were all out for 177 in the first innings
Indian captain Rohit Sharma hit a half-century on the first day
New Delhi. Even though the visiting team won the toss in the first Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy being played in Nagpur between India and Australia. But on the first day, Rohit Sharma and Co. looked heavy on Australia. First the bowlers and then the batsmen took Australia out. Had KL Rahul not got out after playing a bad shot, the foundation of India’s victory would have been prepared on the first day itself. Well, still Team India is in the driving seat in the Nagpur Test. The first 2 hours of the second day will be enough to decide whose nose will be cut in Nagpur and whose fleet will cross?
This can be said because the Australian team was able to play only 63.5 overs in the first innings and added 177 runs in it. In response to this, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul gave a solid start to Team India. Both added 76 runs for the first wicket. Which will prove to be important considering the mood of the pitch. Rohit returned unbeaten on 56 runs on the first day. The Indian team is still 100 runs behind Australia. Now the question arises that how can Team India lay the foundation of its victory on the second day. What will he have to do for that?
India still 100 runs behind
Looking at the way Australia were bowled out for 177 on the first day, it can be said that the Nagpur Test would hardly last for five days. The future of the match will be decided in the first two hours of the second day itself. If Team India saves wickets in the first two hours, then it will not be easy for Australia to come back. India has to do 3 things to win.
Rohit will have to play till the end
Rohit Sharma made a great start to the Border Gavaskar series. He has hit a fiery half-century on the first day. If India has to win the Nagpur Test, then Rohit will have to play as long as possible on the second day. Rohit is such a player, if he stays strong then it is not difficult to get runs. Because it will be difficult to score runs on this wicket with every session. It will be challenging for the new batsman to score one run each. In such a situation, Rohit’s eyes are frozen, so he will have to play long innings.
If you want to avoid playing fourth innings then you have to do this work
If India has to avoid batting in the fourth innings in the Nagpur Test, then it will have to show strength on the second day. That means a big lead will have to be taken over Australia. India is still 100 runs behind. In such a situation, if India gets a lead of more than 150 runs on Australia on the second day, then the match will come completely in hand. In that case, India may not get to bat in the fourth innings and even if it does, it will have to score fewer runs. In such a situation, Indian batsmen will have to play maximum overs on the second day.
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Big burden on Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav got a chance to make his Test debut in Nagpur. If India has to win the Nagpur Test, then Suryakumar’s role will be important. In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, he is the only batsman in the middle order who can score fast runs. He is not afraid to step out of the crease and play shots against spin bowlers. India is expecting a similar innings from him on the second day. So that the Australian team can be completely pushed on the backfoot in this match. Surya has done this in T20. Now it is the turn to play such an innings in the Test.
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Tags: Border Gavaskar Trophy, India vs Australia, Rohit sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, team india
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 10, 2023, 08:34 IST