The fourth test match between India and England begins tomorrow at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India are on a roll in this series. After they struggled in the first test, the hosts have won the next two test to attain an unassailable 2-0 lead. England have to win the next two test to salvage a series draw. This is a do or die situation for them. Expect them to fight as hard as they can. This could end up be the final chance for cricket betting on series outcome. Anybody fancy a fight back from England?
Preview – India
India will be quietly confident of wrapping up the series up in Mumbai. They have a couple injury concerns. Mohammed Shami and KL Rahul are nursing injuries. But India do have capable replacements. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have been terrific with the bat. But the most fearsome batsmen for the English bowlers in the Indian ranks must be R Ashwin. He is batting as if he is VVS Laxman. It would not be a surprise if he tops both batting and bowling charts. Ajinkya Rahane will want to score big on his home ground. Indian spin trio seems to have a psychological dominance over the English batsmen. That could seal the series in favor of Indians and should influence your cricket betting decisions.
Preview – England
England have tried everything they can. They have changed players, changed strategies and even changed batting positions. But nothing seems to be working. Two things became apparent during all these. First, the England spinners are not half as good as their Indian counterparts. Second, the England batsmen cannot handle high-quality spin bowling for long periods. The first thing does not seem to change. But the second thing change, especially if Alastair Cook and Joe Root find form. Opener Keaton Jennings is all set to make his debut for England in this match.
England will find it hard to reverse the ongoing trend. The pitch in Mumbai will favor spinners, perhaps from the second day itself. Unless England bat first, they will find it hard to stage a comeback.
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