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Pressure mounts on India - Smith

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Chris Broad

Let the mind games begin. We didn't adapt well and lost. How will the pitch play?

Australia, having won the very first match, are high on confidence.

It was the side's fifth straight Test defeat and a turning point in Smith's captaincy. When you don't have enough intent during the game and you lose the game, that's when it hurts.

Kohli added: "The whole team has to play well against Australia to win a Test match, that's something we've identified". The Chinnaswamy Stadium is also Nair's home ground and he knows the conditions well so that could be a factor in his selection. Winning the toss is normally not that significant here.

Kohli, however, said that at times such crushing defeats are essential to make the team understand where they lacked. The gun opener is yet to score a century in India and his average here of 24.3 is a fraction of his mark of 59 at home.

It is not to say that the Indian spinners didn't test Australian batsmen enough. David Warner and Matthew Renshaw will continue to open, while Matthew Wade will do keeping duties.

"I'm sure it will be a pretty dry wicket again, so that'll probably help reverse swing there and it's something we'll be working hard at all the time in the nets", said the 27-year-old.

The major concern for India, though, is that if they keep dropping catches, then they are not going to hurt anyone. With the wicket offering some grass and looking much better than the one in Pune, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood's impact on the game could be enormous.

At the end of the day, you can just offer prescriptions, but it is the team that has to go and get the job done in the middle. There's no question about dropping him.

Speaking about mind games which the Aussies are so good in playing, Kohli revealed, "It is better we focus on our skills rather than what Australia is saying". Rahul and Kohli are the ones who can do it. This team's approach, unlike other Australian visiting teams in the past, has been different. He loves players chirping him. "It's not that we needed that, it's just the fact it's a bit of a reality check that you can have one bad session, and it can be taken away from you even on home soil".

Australia did their homework on the Indian batsmen last time.

"It's unbelievable. I think it's making up for the summer Josh and I had", Starc told reporters on Tuesday. The goal was to dry up the boundaries that the Indians love to hit. If O'Keefe and Lyon bowled the ideal line and length and extracted the optimal turn, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood bowled with a lot of intent and aggression in the first innings, mixing things up pretty well. Both Ranchi and Dharamsala are new Test venues. We've got the momentum and I reckon we can do it.

India was trying to play it down.

"I felt this sort of odd energy.some people were quite excited about the fact that they had something to write about the team after two years", he said.

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