A lot of credit must be given to the manner in which the pitches of Bangalore and Mohali have been prepared. They have helped the batsmen and bowlers as can be seen from the scores in the games, and yet, have provided ample opportunities for the games to be result-oriented ones.
In Mohali, the track started off by keeping lower than expected but settled down to be a good one which saw both sides scoring 400 plus scores. Later, in the second innings, again the Aussies looked like scoring a lot of runs before Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan got the ball to reverse and the spinners came into their own to get rid of the Aussies.
In the second Test at Bangalore, it is the fourth day’s play and the pendulum looks to be swinging each way. Australia scored a mammoth 478 after it looked like Indians could get them out for less than 400. Then India struggled to get to 38/2 before Tendulkar and Vijay got them to a good position. The last five wickets fell for nine runs for the Aussies to get back into the game.
We need more of such tracks.