Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: India vs England 2021 - 1st Test
The 1st test of the four-match series between England and India will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai in India.
When England toured India for a test series the last time, they lost 0-4. After the first match was drawn, England went on to lose all the remaining ones with the last two of them coming by a margin of an innings. And, that is when England played some really good cricket.
This is enough to understand the enormity of the task at hand for England and India's aura of invincibility in their home conditions.
Despite all of India's brilliant form and pedigree, England will back themselves to perform better than in 2016, following a clean sweep in Sri Lanka. That said, the team will have to play out of their skins to compete well, let alone winning.
India are likely to go in with three spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar while their two pace bowlers will be Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. Boom will play his first test match in India.
Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant will form India's top six.
England have Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley as openers while Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope will be slotted in the middle order. Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, James Anderson and Jack Leach are expected to be their four main bowlers.
Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad present good cases for themselves but there isn't any room in the side for them, especially if England want to play 6 batsmen, with Jos Buttler at number 7.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
India - Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel/Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj/Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Jack Leach
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - India
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Joe Root (England), Rohit Sharma (India)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jofra Archer (England), Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
Most Sixes – Jos Buttler (England), Rishabh Pant (India)
Man of the Match – Ravichandran Ashwin
Team Scores Batting first – England 300+, India 400+
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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