Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: India vs England 2021 - 2nd Test
The 2nd test of the four-match series between England and India will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai in India.
After a rare loss at home, India are expected to bring in Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav in place of Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem respectively. There is a chance of Mohammed Siraj replacing Ishant Sharma after the latter pulled up sore following the first test match.
On a pitch in Chennai that is expected to provide more help to the spinners from day one onwards, Dom Bess can be benched. Bess picked up 4 wickets in the first innings, including the prized scalp of Virat Kohli, but was very inconsistent in the second innings, bowling half trackers and full tosses on a regular basis.
There is a big possibility of Bess being swapped with Moeen Ali, who has not played a test match since Ashes 2019 and has recently recovered from a bout of COVID-19.
James Anderson was sensational with his reverse swing in the first test match but England are likely to stick with the rest and rotation policy which has worked for them till now as Stuart Broad is set to be part of the playing XI. There are not many teams in world cricket who can afford to replace a pacer with more than 600 test wickets with another with 500+ wickets.
England might not have rested Anderson had there not been a possibility of playing both Anderson and Broad together in the 3rd test match, which will be played with the pink ball.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
India - Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj/Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Dominic Bess/Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad
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) – Jack Leach (England), Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
Most Sixes – Ben Stokes (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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