Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: India vs England 2021 - 3rd Test
The 3rd test of the four-match series between England and India will be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad in India.
While the test series has been massively entertaining in itself, it has quite a lot of sub-plots as well. The biggest of them is the dangling carrot of the World Test Championship.
England will have an opportunity to qualify for the final of the WTC if they win both the remaining matches of the series. India need to win both or win one and draw one to qualify for the final. If England win one and India win one, Australia will face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship.
Throw into the picture a refurbished world-class stadium at Ahmedabad which has a capacity of 110,000, the highest in world cricket, and it makes for fascinating viewing.
The test match will be played with the pink ball under lights and given this time of the year, there is a chance of heavy dew which will also dictate the team combination of both sides.
While a minimum covering of grass of around 4mm will have to be in place to allow the pink ball to function properly, India are expected to dish out another spinning surface.
Given all the variables, it would be one heck of a task to pick the playing XI for both the captains so that it covers all these bases. India are expected to drop Kuldeep Yadav and bring in either Umesh Yadav or Hardik Pandya in his place. Mohammed Siraj is likely to be benched for Jasprit Bumrah.
England will bring in Jonny Bairstow at number 3 and can replace Rory Burns with Zak Crawley at the top of the order. They will have to pick one between Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad and another between Olly Stone and Jofra Archer to partner James Anderson.
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, Umesh Yadav/Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
England - Zak Crawley/Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Chris Woakes/Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Olly Stone/Jofra Archer, James Anderson
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) – James Anderson (England), Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Most Sixes – Ben Stokes (England), Rishabh Pant (India)
Man of the Match – Rishabh Pant
Team Scores Batting first – England 300+, India 350+
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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