Australia had a horrible outing in the first Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2022-23 as the visitors lost the match by an inning and 132 runs. All the talk around the pitch messed up Australian batters’ heads as they fell like a pack of cards, especially in the second innings. Now, as the two teams get ready to face each other in the second Test of the series in Delhi, the Australians will once again be worried about how the surface will behave. 

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The pitch at Arun Jaitley Stadium has not garnered the amount of attention the Nagpur pitch got. However, it does not mean that the Delhi pitch will be a flat deck where batters will find it easy to score through the line. The Arun Jaitley Stadium pitch behaves like a typical Indian wicket which gets tougher to bat on as the game progresses. Spinners will get a purchase in the last three days. 

As per the pictures going viral on social media, the pitch looks like a slow-turning track where batters may struggle to time the ball. An odd ball might keep low as well. 

Meanwhile, the Delhi District Cricket Association Secretary Siddharth Verma claimed that the pitch looks good and the Test might last for five days, unlike the Nagpur Test which ended in three days. “It is going to be a thrilling contest; the wicket is really good. I think the match will go on till Day 5. Our curators and other staff have worked really hard. We have been working on the ground since we’re allotted the second Test,” said Verma to DD News. 

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Notably, India have not lost a Test at this venue since 1987 when they lost to West Indies. Out of 12 Tests played after that game, India have won 10 while two Tests have ended in a draw. The last Test played at this venue (between India and Sri Lanka) ended in a draw. Spinners as well as pacers got some help but there was nothing major for any type of bowler.