India eye a strong comeback against in-form England
Host India will be looking to bring their A-game when they face England in the second match of this four-match Test series at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.
For India, the key will be to get their playing combination right for this game. Captain Virat Kohli will need to lead from the front with the bat and inspire his team to level the four-match series. If Axar Patel is fit, then he will replace Shahbaz Nadeem for this game.
On the other hand, England will also change their playing XI as they are keen to apply rotation policy for this series. Ben Foakes will be playing this game as Jos Buttler is set to rest for the remaining three matches, while Stuart Board could come in place of James Anderson, who bowled well in Chennai Test.
When and where to watch?
The match begins at 03:45 on Saturday 13th February and Channel 4 will be following all the live action.
The home side will look at the pitch conditions and then decide whether they will field two or three spinners for this game. Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah will be first-choice pacers for this game as well.
Team management will hope that experienced players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane can produce big scores in this game. Cheteshwar Pujara showed decent form and scored a half-century in the first Test. In addition, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar and Shubnam Gill chipped in with half-centuries for India.
For India, Axar Patel might come in place of Shahbaz Nadeem or Washington Sundar if the conditions are favourable for the spinners in this game. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah bowled well in his first Test match played at home. Spearhead was consistently attacking the stumps and tried a lot of things on a placid Chennai wicket.
Possible XI: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shubnam Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar/Shahbaz Nadeem.
The visitors will also take a look at the pitch and then select their playing XI. England can field three spinners if the wicket is slightly on a drier side. Stuart Broad and wicket-keeper Ben Foakes are expected to come in place of James Anderson and Jos Buttler, who will be resting for this game.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope to deliver the bulk of the runs. Captain Joe Root smashed his first double century in India and will be looking to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in this second Test. Rory Burns, Daniel Lawrence and Ben Foakes will be expected to deliver runs and crucial scores for the side in this contest.
In the bowling department, Jack Leach and Dominic Bess bowled well and claimed 11 wickets between them. It will be interesting to see whether England add another extra spinner or stick with the same bowling combination for this game.
Possible XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence/Zak Crawley, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson/Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer.
Players To Watch Out For
The stage is set for India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to deliver his absolute best. Since 2015, the off-spinner has delivered phenomenal performances for India in Test matches played at home. The team management will hope that Ashwin can bring his A-game to the table and bamboozle England’s star-studded batting lineup with his variations.
Betting Prediction & Insight
Due to pitch and weather conditions, India will be expected to learn from their mistakes and deliver a clinical performance against England. With Virat Kohli finding form with the bat and Ravichandran Ashwin claiming six wickets in the second innings of the series opener, India will be looking to come hard at Joe Root’s England side. Expect India to steamroll England in this second Test.
|India to win||14/19 (1.74)||SBK|