India aim to win the second Test in Bangalore

Published: Friday, October 8, 2010, 14:47 [IST]
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India look for a 2-0 whitewash

India will be looking to defeat the Australians once again and win the series 2-0, when the two teams meet each other in the second and final Test match scheduled to be held in the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Fresh after a thrilling 1-wicket win in the first Test match in Mohali, Mahender Singh Dhoni and his teammates will be up for the vital Test match which will decide the series.

The Australians have not been able to win a Test match on Indian soil for the past six years, however, they will be hoping to bounce back strongly and end the series on a winning note.

The Indians are facing few injury problems in their camp. V V S Laxman who played a delightful knock to guide India to victory in the first Test match is doubtful as he is still trying to recuperate after sustaining a back injury in the first Test.

"Laxman is much better now compared to what he was, though he did not practice today also. But we would love to have him in the playing XI. Of course, we need time to decide because it's a longer format," said Dhoni.

The Indians would be without key stars such as opener Gautam Gambhir and pacer Ishant Sharma, who had just about rediscovered some lost form when he was laid low by a knee injury in the opening Test.

With Gambhir out, Murali Vijay is likely to come in as a replacement in the starting XI and open with Virender Sehwag at the other end.

Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund, who performed well in the recently held Irani Trophy tournament, and Jaydev Unadkat have been included in the team in place of Gambhir and Ishant but it remains to be seen whether they would actually find a place in the playing XI.

Reports suggested that the Chinnaswamy track will be on the slower side.

Inspite of the loss in the first Test match, Dhoni expects Ponting and his men to come hard on them and said that the team is ready to face the challenge.

"They will come back strongly in the second Test. That is there culture and also they do not give up easily. We are prepared equally and ready to face the task," Dhoni said.

Meanwhile, the injury concerns have also engulfed the Australian team as their star pacer Bollinger will miss the upcoming test due to an abdomen injury and is being replaced by the South Australian Peter George.

Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus would look to continue the good work they did in the Mohali Test.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, M.Vijay, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Abhinav Mukund and Jaydev Unadkat.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Simon Katich, Philip Hughes, Mike Hussey, Marcus North, Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Johnson, Tim Paine (wk), James Pattinson, Peter George, Nathan Hauritz, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc.


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