England will face off against India in the second Test match of India’s tour of England. Cricket betting will be off the charts with this one, as the two teams face off against each other. The first game ended in a draw, though either team could have won it. The rains did not help in that aspect and the two captains had to settle for a stalemate.
Could India have won the first Test of a series after a long time? Nobody will ever know. Needing 157 runs with nine wickets in hand definitely made Virat Kohli and company the favourites but rain spoilt the day. Talking about the specifics of the first Test, Jasprit Bumrah was the brightest light in the Indian squad. The pacer made a strong comeback after failing to pick a single wicket in the WTC final. Bumrah finished the match with nine wickets. KL Rahul’s 84 set a tone to India’s first innings after the bowlers handed them an advantage by getting the hosts dismissed for 183. There was some good live cricket played in the match without a significant result though.
Rohit Sharma still has to convert a start and Virat Kohli, after getting out for a duck, would want to avoid a 2014 repeat. India are likely to stick with Ravindra Jadeja, which means Ashwin will have to wait.
India squad: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Suryakumar Yadav (yet to join), Prithvi Shaw (yet to join)
Standby players: Prasidh Krishna, Arzan Nagwaswalla
A few good sessions for England came after their failure to breach 200 runs in the first innings. Jimmy Anderson and Ollie Robinson put up a majestic show and skipper Joe Root’s century helped the team stay in hunt of a win throughout the Day 4. Batting and balling aside, the hosts have been really sloppy on the field. Dropped catches in the slip cordon and missed run-out chances were the highlights on the firt Test match.
Adding Moeen Ali to the squad is hinting at England’s intention to deepen their batting. With Ali available, Jack Leach might have to wait again for a game.
England squad: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton, Moeen Ali
India and England have faced each other 127 times in Test matches. India have won 29 matches and the English have emerged victorious on 48 occasions. 49 tests have finished in a draw.
After a result-less Nottingham Test, the players head to Lord’s, a stadium that is expected to favour both batsmen and bowlers in different periods of play. While picking one of the two to take as a winner is extremely tough, England are more likely to extract the swing out of the Lord’s pitch and win the game.
Date and Time:
Wednesday, August 12, 2021, at 3:30 PM IST
Lord’s Stadium, London