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India vs England 1st Test Day 5 Preview: A draw in play?

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-02-08 21:17:28

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India and England take part in a fascinating contest at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai. Another riveting day of Test cricket took place in Chennai as the Englishmen set a target of 420 for India to chase down. Earlier in the day, Washington Sundar struck his second Test match fifty in 2 matches comprising of excellent strokes all around the park. He remained not out on 85 when India was bundled out for 337. The local boy Ravichandran Ashwin was back to business with another fifer in Test cricket, his 29th. His match tally of 9 wickets proved that he is one of the best bowlers going around. Can India eke out a draw?

Match Preview

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Date: 5-9 January 2021

Time: 9:30 A.M. Local Time

The Pitch Report

The pitch is expected to be slow, flat and low at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, India. The pitch shall provide plenty of assistance to spinners right from Day 1. If the grass cover is removed on the match day, there will be vicious turn on offer for the likes of Ashwin and Co as well as Leach and Bess. Expect quality batsmen such as Kohli, Pujara and Root to score big. 

Weather Forecast

The weather is expected to be humid in Chennai. There is a 15 per cent chance for rain. Temperatures will soar as high as 33 Degrees and dip as low as 22 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity is predicted to be 77 per cent. Also, winds will blow from the North-East direction to the South-West at a maximum speed of 15 kilometres per hour. 

Match XIs

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jasprit Bumrah

England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson