The fifth and final test match between India and England gets underway at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai tomorrow. The city is still recovering from the damage caused by Cyclone Vardah a few days ago. Trees have been uprooted; electric and communication systems have been disrupted; and buildings have been defaced. There have been intermittent rains as well. But the match is likely go on as scheduled. Organizers are working hard to ensure its smooth passage. Anyways, the match is of academic interest only, as India have already wrapped up the series 3-0. They look the overwhelming favorites for cricket betting in this test as well.
Preview – India
India is likely to field the same eleven that won the fourth test. There is no injury worries or form concerns. Ajinkya Rahane is not fit, which would mean that Karun Nair will retain his place in the eleven. This is home ground for M Vijay and R Ashwin. Expect them to do well. Virat Kohli too has fond memories of this ground. The pitch will take turn from second or third day. Expect the English batsmen to struggle, unless they bat on the first day. The odds in favor of India for cricket betting is not great. If you are planning to take risk in online betting, check out the odds for a draw – never go beyond that.
Preview – England
A win against this Indian team under these conditions are beyond this England team. It is not due to any lack of effort. Rather it points to the limit of capability. England batsmen have played fine innings sporadically. They could not form decent partnerships though. But the bowling, especially spin bowling, lacked depth. May be it appeared so because the Indian batsmen played them proficiently. In any case, his England bowling looks incapable of bowling India out twice in a test match.
Another lop-sided Indian win is on the cards. If India become overconfident and the dead-rubber syndrome catches up with them, only then, there is hope for putting money on England in cricket betting.
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