Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs India - 2nd Test
The 2nd Test of the five-match series between England and India strats on Thursday August 12th and will be played at Lord's, London.
There was a big possibility of India taking a 1-0 lead in the series if rain had not arrived on the last day at Nottingham. But, there are no guarantees in cricket and it is very much within the realm of possibility that India would have collapsed in adverse conditions and some fine bowling from Ollie Robinson and James Anderson on the last day.
With the weather set to be fair at Lord's for all the five days, there will be a clear winner this time around.
India are likely to replace Mohammed Siraj with Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav. England can make as many as four changes with Haseeb Hameed coming in place of Crawley, Ollie Pope replacing Daniel Lawrence, Mark Wood replacing Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali getting picked ahead of Sam Curran.
England are suffering with a sameness in their attack with all four of Curran, Robinson, Broad and Anderson depending on some assistance from the surface and the overhead conditions. The arrival of Mark Wood will change that.
Chris Silverwood has said that there is a possibility of Moeen Ali playing at Lord's despite not being a part of the initial squad and that will certainly provide the team with a more balanced XI.
India, on the other hand, would play 12 players if they could squeeze in Ravichandran Ashwin somehow. As things stand, unless the pitch is devoid of grass at Lord's, Ashwin will have to wait his turn.
Before a ball is bowled at Lord's, it is advantage India, but never underestimate the class of James Anderson and Joe Root in their home conditions.
Predicted playing XIs:
England - Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Mark Wood
India - Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj/Ishant Sharma
Who will win the toss? - India
Who will win? – India
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Joe Root (England), KL Rahul (India)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – James Anderson (England), Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Most Sixes – Jos Buttler (England), Rishabh Pant (India)
Player of the Match – Jasprit Bumrah
Team Scores Batting first – England 270+, India 300+
Match Handicap India
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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