India were caught off guard in the first test in Pune by the fight that the Aussies showed and also from a pitch that backfired on them as the Aussie spinners ran through the Indian side twice and bowled them out for a little over hundred runs in each innings. Kumble and Kohli have shrugged off the loss, putting it down to a couple of poor sessions that let the match get away.
However those who watched that first test will know that India were outplayed in all departments, especially their fielding as they put down a number of catches. The second test will take place at Bangalore from March 4 and Kohli and team have promised a better showing. All eyes will be on the pitch at the M Chinnaswamy stadium and from the current look of things, it could end up being a slow turning that is full of runs. Once again, the side that wins the toss will look to bat first and Kohli will be dearly hoping that he wins the toss this time around.
The Indians are likely to make a couple of changes to the squad as they have been in the practice of tinkering with the squad to suit the conditions. India might decide to go in with just 2 spinners and bring in the extra batsman in Karun Nair and might also end up dropping Ishant Sharma and replacing him with B Kumar.
Pressure will also be on both opening batsman who have not fired together at the top and built partnerships. M Vijay said in an interview recently that the team has put the loss behind them and are a lot more relaxed. They had a team bonding experience by going for a trek that allowed them to take their mind of the game. Vijay also acknowledged how costly the dropped catches in the first test turned out to be and promised better catching in the second test.
Australia is likely to retain the same squad and will come hard at the Indians as they look to secure a 2-0 lead and win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia will expect some runs from vice- captain David Warner and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade who is another senior player in the squad. If the spinners can put in another spectacular performance, India could find themselves in a lot of trouble on home soil.