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Team Australia lost the track

Bangalore test proved that Australian spinners are not menacing and Indian spinners can perform better if batsman score runs. Team Australia looked menacing in the first test at Pune and continued the same form on the first day of the test match at Bangalore.  Having lost the toss Australia should have gone berserk against a team already one down in the series. Instead they dropped sitters and allowed the Indian side to build a moderate total on a turning track. They played negative cricket and simply achieving a lead was not enough as Australians had to bat in the last innings. Warner was not able to negotiate spin and Smith was not at his best as a front line batsmen. Even though Nathan Lyon claimed eight wickets in the first innings he was not impressive in the second innings and Steve O’Keefe failed to maintain his first test form of dozen wickets to his kitty. Ravindra Jadeja on the other hand picked up six wickets thereby restricting the Australian team’s lead to 87 in the first innings.

Anandambal Subbu 

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