Axar or Siraj for PINK-BALL Test?


India Playing XI 2nd Test: Axar Patel or Mohd Siraj? – India will play their only fourth Day-Night Pink-Ball Test when Rohit Sharma led side takes on Dimuth Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test in Bengaluru starting March 12. With a 1-0 lead, India will aim for another clean-sweep but Rohit Sharma’s biggest headache will be on bowling combination — to go with Axar Patel or with Mohammed Siraj. Follow IND vs SL Pink Ball Test Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

In the two Pink Ball Tests in India, India have had emphatic wins. However, the bowling combinations in both matches tell a different story. If Indian pacers managed 19 wickets against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in 2019, in Ahmedabad against England, pacers bagged 28 wickets out of 30. Hence, the confusion seems obvious on who should India go with Axar Patel or Mohammed Siraj.

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Bengaluru pitch: This will be the first Pink Ball Test in Bengaluru with the pink SG ball working in a different manner than the red cherry. As Bengaluru pitches have historically favoured batsmen on the first three days and then spinners in the last two, it could continue with the tradition. But the hard lacquer on the pink SG ball could be the differentiator.

Unlike the Ahmedabad pitch, the surface in Bengaluru is made of red soil and could enable fast bowlers in the first two days before the cracks open up. With a temperature of around 30 degrees, the cracks could open up sooner. However, the other factor will be the breeze in the afternoon. As the match will be a day-night affair and Bengaluru have evenings with a lot of breeze, it could help the seamers swing the ball.

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Axar Patel or Mohd Siraj? – Axar Patel use the red soil in Ahmedabad to his full advantage with deliveries that skid on the surface. In Bengaluru, that could be different. Mohd Siraj may have an advantage as he has played a lot of matches at M Chinnaswamy Stadium for his IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore. He understands the conditions better than Patel.

India Playing XI 2nd Test: Rohit Sharma’s BIG HEADACHE - Axar Patel or Mohd Siraj for PINK-BALL Test – Follow IND vs SL Live Updates

India Playing XI 2nd Test:

1. Rohit Sharma (C)
2. Mayank Agarwal/ Shubman Gill
3. Hanuma Vihari
4. Virat Kohli
5. Rishabh Pant (WK)
6. Shreyas Iyer
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. Ravichandran Ashwin
9. Axar Patel
10. Mohammed Shami
11. Jasprit Bumrah

India Playing XI 2nd Test: Rohit Sharma’s BIG HEADACHE – Axar Patel or Mohd Siraj for PINK-BALL Test – Follow IND vs SL Live Updates

India Playing XI 2nd Test: Rohit Sharma’s BIG HEADACHE – Axar Patel or Mohd Siraj for PINK-BALL Test – Follow IND vs SL Live Updates

Who will open with Rohit Sharma? – In KL Rahul’s absence, Mayank Agarwal got a chance ahead of Shubman Gill in the 1st match in Mohali. Despite a good start, he fell for 33. While he looks set to open with Rohit again considering his familiarity with the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the team management might give Shubman Gill a go.

Shubman has been touted as a long-term replacement in the middle-order and Rahul6 Dravid might be interested in giving him an opportunity, benching Shreyas Iyer, who has been in good form. Hanuma Vihari may be shifted to No 6 with Shubman Gill at No 3.

India’s squad for the 2nd Test: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Priyank Panchal, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubhman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, R. Ashwin, Saurabh Kumar, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain), Axar Patel

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