COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: India vs Australia on March 16
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The four-Test series, which has been marred by a row between Virat Kohli and his opposite number Steve Smith, resumes in Ranchi on Thursday. After shocking the hosts in Pune, the visitors slumped to a 75-run loss in Bengaluru despite being in a commanding position at the half-way mark. The momentum now rests with Kohli's men, especially after Australia lost two key players - Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh - through injuries. The Ranchi track is expected to turn and Smith and Co. will have to apply themselves a lot better than they did in Bengaluru. There is some good news for Australia. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who suffered a cracked-skin on his right index finger during the second Test, said he was confident of being part of the visitors' side in the third match.
Best economical pick – Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon ripped apart the Indian batting with career-best figures of 8/50 to bundle out the hosts for a paltry 189 in their first innings of the second test.
Top captains & vice captains – KL Rahul was the only Indian batsman, who looked in control and at ease against the Australians at Pune. And the opener continued in the same vein on his home ground as he played a stellar knock of 90 in the first innings. Rahul scored only 51 runs in the second innings but it was enough to put the hosts on the path of recovery. He is currently the top run-getter in the series. Unlucky to have been dismissed on 17 in the first innings at the stroke of lunch, after a healthy 61-run stand with the in-form KL Rahul, the India no 3 Batsman Cheteswar Pujara more than made up for his misses in the series by scoring a top quality 92 in the second innings.
Smart pick – Cometh the hour, cometh Ravichandran Ashwin. The Indian wizard was found wanting in the first innings as he picked only 2 wickets despite bowling 49 overs. But Ashwin delivered when his team needed him to, picking up 6 second innings wickets to fashion India's 75-run win.
Cautions Pick – Throughout this tour, David Warner, one of the lynchpins of Aussie batting, has had to play against his nature and curb his instincts. For once, he tried to break the shackles. After hammering Ashwin for a six, he tried to sweep him to the boundary but missed the line and was given out.
My XI – KL Rahul (Captain), Cheteswar Pujara (Vice-Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Nathan Lyon, Matt Renshaw, Josh Hazlewood, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Kohli, Karun Nair, Stephen O'Keefe