England vs India – 3rd Test Match Preview and Prediction
At Lord’s, India pulled off one of the most amazing victories in recent memory. It was battling to stay alive at the start of Day 5 and ended up winning by a huge margin.
The third test match between England and India has now underway at Headingley. England’s team has seen significant adjustments, and India has some issues to solve as well.
India had already led 1-0 in England before totally losing the plot. England has already played four Test matches at home in 2021 and is still without a win. The series is still very much alive, with three Tests remaining, and we have already witnessed the intensity of the fight.
In addition to everything else, there are World Test Championship points at stake. The match will take place in Headingley, Leeds starting on August 25, 2021.
Match Details to Note:
Match: ENG vs IND, 3rd Test, India tour of England, 2021
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 – Sunday, August 29, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
England vs India Team Previews
Team England has added two players and discarded three from its roster. Dominic Sibley, Jack Leach, and Zak Crawley will be replaced by Dawid Malan and Saqib Mahmood. This implies that Rory Burns and Hasib Hameed will bat first, with Malan coming in at number three.
So far, England’s top three have been abysmal in this series, and things aren’t looking well.
Burns had the highest score of 49, while Hameed has 9 runs in the second match. Betting markets such as Highest Opening Partnership or Over/Under Total Runs for Burns and Hameed provide obvious chances.
Joe Root is still in imperious form and appears to be in line for more runs. We believe that Dawid Malan and Joe Root will score runs for England in the opening inning.
Root, Malan, and Bairstow are all from Leeds, so they’ll be playing in comfortable surroundings. England’s hitting may have underperformed in the previous match’s second inning, but keep in mind that it seemed poised to easily pass 400 in the first inning.
According to reports, England will be without Mark Wood for the upcoming encounter. Saqib Mahmood appears to be in line to replace him, although England may also consider removing Sam Curran. Not only did Current receive a King’s Pair in the previous game, but he has only one wicket in the series so yet.
Because England is suffering from injuries, Curran may maintain his spot, although Craig Overton has a good chance of playing in the following match.
Jimmy Anderson and Ollie Robinson will both benefit from the conditions at Leeds, and we recommend backing both of them in the Top Bowler England 1st Inning betting market. The odds will make the hedge work regardless of who wins the wager.
England Test Squad
Joe Root (Captain), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Jos Buttler (Wicket-Keeper), Mark Wood, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (Wicket-Keeper), Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton
Following the outcome of the Lord’s Test, the narrative around the Indian squad and its selection have entirely shifted. There was discussion of dropping Pujara or Rahane, recalling Ashwin, and even changing the captaincy. Now that India has won, all of this has calmed down.
We believe India would not make any changes to their lineup for the third Test against England.
Pujara, Kohli, and Rahane will be under pressure to make runs, but they will not be dropped. The only major alteration that India may contemplate is replacing Jadeja with Ashwin, but given Jadeja’s batting contribution (he is India’s third-highest run-getter), he is unlikely to be dismissed.
There is no question that India’s batting is vulnerable. The tail-enders have already saved it twice in two innings. At the moment, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have more runs than Virat Kohli. This match is also predicted to have a green top that favors quick bowlers.
This is why you should avoid betting markets for Indian batsmen. At the time, the chances do not merit the danger.
The bowlers, on the other hand, are in fantastic shape. Jasprit Bumrah bowled brilliantly, Ishant Sharma improved as the game went, and Mohammad Siraj was outstanding. Only Mohammad Shami appeared to be full of vitality.
We believe you should select either Bumrah or Mohammad Siraj for the Top Bowler India 1st Inning Betting market.
The Indian bowlers have proven that they can pick up wickets on whatever surface, and we believe that England may be shooting itself in the foot by preparing a green track.
India Test Squad
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-Keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-Keeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw
England vs India Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will want to bat first. However, this is not always a significant benefit. So far, 60 Test Matches have been played at Headingley, with 60 different outcomes. Thirty-one of those have been won by the side that bowled first, while 29 have been won by the team that batted first.
England has won three of the past four games played at Headingley, including the memorable Ashes Test against Australia, in which Ben Stokes performed a miracle.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Headingley is typically ideal for batting, but it does provide some assistance to quick bowlers early up. The average score while batting first here is 307, which is rather excellent for English circumstances.
We believe the fast bowler will dominate the opening few sessions, but the batsmen will love the batting conditions after that. A few centuries (including a huge one) are almost certainly on the cards.
This is likewise a goal-oriented pitch, with the previous draw taking place in 2012. The weather prognosis for the Test match is favorable, and we should be able to complete the majority of the planned overs, but some rain delays are unavoidable.
England vs India Match Prediction
We’ll stay with India to win the game and take a 2-0 lead in the series. India’s bowlers have extracted more from the surfaces than England’s bowlers. Both teams are also suffering from batting, with England excessively reliant on Root and India’s middle-order faltering.
The fact that Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane all received starts, and that they all came in at different times, might be significant. The momentum is now with the Indian squad, and with England’s injury woes persisting, the home team appears to be in for another difficult Test.
India is the favourite to win this match.