The second Test of the ongoing four-match series between India and Australia will commence on Friday (February 17). The game will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium (formerly Ferozshah Kotla stadium) in Delhi. India are currently leading the series 1-0 after thumping the visitors by an innings in Nagpur Test. With a place in the World Test Championship final up for grabs, expect the home team to have a go at Australia yet again. On the other hand, the Aussies will be keen on putting up a fight and make a comeback.
Prediction: India to win the match at 1.30 odds.
Here are the match details:
- Match Date & Time: February 17- February 21, 2023; 9:30 AM IST
- Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
- Series: Australia tour of India, 2023
India vs Australia Odds
Australia travelled to India with a lot of hopes this time around. They practiced on dust bowls in Alur ahead of the series and arrived in Nagpur looking confident. However, the selective watering controversy played with their mind it seems as their batters never looked confident despite the pitch not doing much off the surface.
India’s spinners, especially Ravindra Jadeja, starred with the ball in the first innings and Australia could only post 177 runs despite winning the toss on a fresh pitch. In response, Jadeja yet again played a key role for India coupled with a magical century from Rohit Sharma at the top of the order. The hosts ended up posting 400 runs on the board taking a massive lead of 223 runs over Australia.
The visitors meekly surrendered in the second innings losing all their wickets in a single session on the third day. Ravi Ashwin was the star this time around picking up yet another five-wicket haul. With Australia getting bundled out for just 91 runs in their second essay, India registered a huge win by an innings and 132 runs to take an early lead in the series.
lia are known to hit back after such tough losses but India are extremely tough to beat in Tests at home and the home side continue to be the favourites to win the second Test. In the cricket betting odds for today, we have India winning, the odds of which stand at 1.30.
India are not in a position to make any changes to their winning combination. However, head coach Rahul Dravid has confirmed that if Shreyas Iyer is fully fit, then he will walk straight back into the playing XI. The team will be assessing ahead of the encounter and a final decision is expected just before the toss.
If Iyer returns, then Suryakumar Yadav who made his debut in Nagpur will have to make way for him. Surya didn’t have a memorable debut scoring only 8 runs. On the other hand, Iyer has performed extremely well in recent times and cannot be ignored. Todays match predictions have him performing reliably in Delhi. Rest of the playing XI is expected to be the same and cricket betting tips back India to win this game as such.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav/Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Australia were criticised a lot for their team selection in the Nagpur Test. They left out Travis Head which was considered a blunder and close to three changes are expected in the second Test to be played in Delhi. Mitchell Starc is close to getting fully fit but might give this Test a miss having admitted recently that he is not yet able to bowl in full tilt. Betting cricket tips should be free of too many predictions around Starc because of uncertainty around his match readiness.
Travis Head is expected to return to the playing XI after Matt Renshaw’s twin failures while Matt Kuhnemann who has just flown in from Australia is likely to get a game ahead of Ashton Agar. However, if Australia look to bolster their batting a bit, then Agar might get a nod. Scott Boland is expected to sit out if the visitors play three spinners. Todd Murphy will definitely retain his place after a brilliant debut in Nagpur and todays match predictions have him performing above Lyon.
Probable XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head/Cameron Green, Peter Handcomb, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Agar/Matt Kuhnemann, Pat Cummins (C), Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy.
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
As expected, a picture of the pitch at the Arun Jaitley stadium has gone viral and it is clear, that the ball will spin from Day 1. Todays cricket predictions should be heavily in favour of spinners. The surface is largely dry and will only break open as the game progresses. Moreover, with moisture expected to set in early in the day, the new ball will do a lot early on in the first couple of hours as well keeping the fast bowlers interested. Hence, the team winning the toss should bat first but be careful early on in the innings. Discretion is advised for todays match predictions around the team batting last on this wicket.
India vs Australia: Betting Tips
|Betting Tips||Betting Odds||Operator Links|
|Toss Prediction||India to win||1.90||Bet on Parimatch|
|Match Winner||India||1.30||Check Odds on Crickex|