After facing an embarrassing defeat in the 1st Test against Australia, Pakistan will be recalibrating again and will begin again in the hope of overpowering the hosts in the 2nd Test and levelling the series.
Australia had the game in control from the very first ball and the team completely dominated the visitors in the 2nd Test. The top bookmakers in India have great odds with them.
Pakistan needs to up their game in the red-ball format as it will help them to reach the top of the World Test Championship table.
Lyon has been in exceptional form this year as he has picked 43 wickets in 9 Tests he has been part of.
The betting tip is...
Nathan Lyon will pick more than 4.5+ wickets in the Test match
The decision to bat first by Pat Cummins came out to be a positive one as the batters gave a good start to the team. David Warner (164 off 211) & Mitchell Marsh (90 off 107) were the two highest scorers.
On the bowling front, Aussie bowlers didn't allow the opposition batters to build a partnership. Mitchell Starc & Pat Cummins picked up 2 wickets each at an economy of 2.72 & 1.75 respectively. Nathan Lyon was the highest wicket-taker with three wickets at an economy of 2.75.
In the second inning, David Warner was a failure but Usman Khawaja gave a good start by scoring 90 off 190. The Aussies were already in the lead hence the batters had no pressure. Steve Smith (45 off 87) & Mitchell Marsh (63 off 68) also contributed to give a push to the overall lead.
The bowling unit in the 2nd inning was the primary in charge of the game. Mitchell Starc & Josh Hazlewood picked up 3 wickets each with Nathan Lyon scalping 2 wickets in the game. They ended up with every hope of the opposition for a win.
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, and Nathan Lyon are the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Steven Smith
The starting of the Test series was completely opposite as expected for Pakistan. However, the loss could have been more embarrassing but the bowlers saved it for the team. In the first inning, Aamer Jamal came out on top as he picked up 6 wickets.
Khurram Shahzad also contributed by scalping twice. On the batting front, Abdullah Shafique (42 off 121) Imam-ul-Haq (62 off 199), and Shan Masood (30 off 43) gave a slow start to the team but soon the team went off the track and failed to maintain the soring momentum.
In the 2nd inning, Khurram Shahzad was on top of his performance as he picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 2.81. Shaheen Afridi and Aamer Jamal picked up a single wicket before the Aussies declared their inning.
Pakistan’s batting unit in the second innings was a disaster as the whole team was falling like a house of cards and their innings was done at a small score of 89.
Skipper Shan Masood would like his team to help him in scoring his maiden Test win as a captain on foreign soil.
Predicted Lineup: Shan Masood, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Khurram Shehzad, Shaheen Afridi, Aamer Jamal
Australia continued their domination in red-ball cricket and their every strategy worked as per the plan. Pakistan struggled in their batting and their chances to win the 2nd Test will be less if the batters fail to perform again.
The only positive thing which is working in favour of the team is their bowling. However, Australia has the upper hand as they are high on confidence and we predict a win for them.