India will be tougher to beat in Bengaluru, feels Clarke

India will be tougher to beat in Bengaluru, feels Clarke
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke feels that India will be “tougher to beat in Bengaluru” unlike Pune where winning the toss worked wonderfully in favour of Steve Smith’s men.

“India will be tougher for Australia to beat in Bengaluru than in Pune. If India would’ve won toss and batted in Pune, I don’t know if result would’ve been the same,” Clarke told India Today TV. The former skipper, who is now a media pundit, feels that in India, a first innings score of 450 or more is mandatory irresepective of who wins the toss.

“In India, the first innings total is critical. If you get a good first innings score of 450 or more, it doesn’t matter who wins the toss. How you bat in the first innings, that dictates the game. So getting more runs in the first innings should be the focus for both teams.”

Clarke termed Australia’s first innings score of 265 as a “very good score” on a poor Pune track.

“We have seen that in Pune, Australia made 265 which is a very good score on a tough wicket, India went on to make 105, so mainly the Test match was over after the first innings. Australia had a lead of 150 or more, it was always a tough task for India to chase in the second innings of a Test match.”

For Clarke, the wicket in Bengaluru will deteriorate in the last two days.

“In the sub-continent, it feels like the game is moving quite slowly over the first three days, so then the final two days when the wicket does deteriorate, the ball starts spinning more with inconsistent bounce and pace, then it starts troubling the batsmen.”
Kohli and his men have to combat four players if they need to win, feels Clarke.

“India need to combat four big players in the Australian team — (Steve) Smith, (David) Warner, (Mitchell) Starc and (Josh) Hazlewood. India now know they have to be at their best to beat Australia,” he said
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