The first test match between England and India in 2021 was a flop. The last day was perfectly positioned, but the weather intervened and prevented a result from being obtained. While both teams had a chance to win, India would be the one that was let down the most. As we head to Lord’s, the home of cricket, the score remains 0-0.
Fortunately, the weather prognosis for this match is considerably better than it was for the first, and we should be able to get a result! There are some significant lineup changes predicted as well, which generally results in some fascinating betting chances. The match will be contested at Lord’s in London beginning on August 12, 2021.
Match Details to Note
Match: England vs India, 2nd Test
Date: August 12-16, 2021 (Thursday-Monday)
Time: 11:00 AM (Local/ BST), 03:30 PM (IST), and 10:00 AM (GMT)
Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, London.
England vs India Team Previews
England will be aware that it was fortunate to have survived the last encounter. Except for Joe Root, who made 173 runs in the match, including a stunning second-inning century, England’s batting was abysmal. It is little surprise, therefore, that England has brought in Moeen Ali to bolster its lower-order while also providing a real spin-bowling alternative.
Joe Root averages 56.05 against India and has eleven fifties and six hundred. We don’t think betting against him to score runs in this match is a good idea.
It would be fascinating to see where Moeen Ali fits in now that he has been added to the team. England is unlikely to sacrifice one of their front-line pacers for Ali, so Dan Lawrence appears to be the most vulnerable. Buttler might go up one spot, and Ali could bat at number seven.
Moeen Ali averages above 30 with the bat and under 30 with the ball against India. When he last played against India, he took eight wickets, including the wicket of Virat Kohli for a 0 run. His batting has been excellent, and betting markets such as ‘to score 25 or more runs and take a wicket’ or simply the Over/Under on the number of runs scored may be quite rewarding.
England will almost certainly be without Stuart Broad for this encounter, with Mark Wood the most likely alternative. The most significant consequence of having Wood on the team will be the quickness with which he polishes off the tail.
England’s batting remains fragile and overly reliant on Root, but the bowling appears to be better than in the last encounter. Ollie Robinson makes excellent use of the Lord’s surface and slope and is our selection to take the most wickets for England in the opening match.
England Test Squad
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Moeen Ali, Haseeb Hameed, Mark Wood, Craig Overton, Saqib Mahmood, Ollie Pope, Jack Leach
India came within a whisker of winning the first match and will undoubtedly leave with some hope of doing so again. The greatest difference between the two sides was Jasprit Bumrah, who took nine wickets and looked unplayable at times.
We will continue to back Bumrah to be India’s top wicket-taker in the first inning.
Because Sahrdul Thakur is not fully healthy, India may be compelled to make a change in the bowling lineup. This may imply that Ishant Sharma returns to the starting lineup. Even though it was a long time ago, Ishant Sharma will remember guiding India to victory with a seven-for.
Sharma is good against left-handers and takes advantage of the Lord’s slope.
Unless India takes the unusual move of removing one of its underperforming batters, the remainder of the lineup should remain the same. But we don’t anticipate it to happen anytime soon. Finally, despite his poor form, betting markets continue to expect a huge score from Virat Kohli.
Take advantage of the situation by betting ‘Under’ on his Total Score during the first inning. Kohli is a world-class batter, but in this game, we appreciate present form more than anything else.
India is a powerful team with several obvious flaws. It was assisted by Lokesh Rahul’s performance in the previous match, as well as the fact that its tail wagged. We continue to feel that India has a better batting lineup than England and that guys like KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will score big.
It may once again find itself in winning positions.
India Test Squad
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha
England vs India Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will want to bat first. A lot of grass is likely to be left on the pitch, which may make the batsmen’s opening session or entire day extremely difficult. If the grass is shaved for whatever reason, batting first would be a huge benefit.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather prognosis for this match is excellent, with little to no rain predicted for the first four days. This suggests that we should see a consequence. Several photos of the pitch were published on social media, showing a Lord’s pitch with a lot of grass. That might change, but we won’t know until the coin toss.
As things stand, anticipate a surface that will be very favorable to fast bowlers for the opening few sessions, then settle into a good batting surface for the first two to three days, before taking spin later on. This indicates that a few batsmen will get hundreds and the spinners will get several wickets in the second inning. Getting a first-inning lead is also important for the outcome.
All of this information may be utilized to make informed betting decisions both before and during the game.
England vs India Match Prediction
We’re going to wager on India to win this game. It came near to winning the first match and highlighted some obvious flaws in England’s batting lineup. India’s big guns (Pujara and Kohli) have also failed to fire. In addition, the presence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami provides India with a potent bowling assault. Ravindra Jadeja may not have taken many wickets, but on a slightly spinning surface, he can be unplayable.
India is the favorite to win.