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England vs India, 2nd Test- Team Analysis & Prediction I Who Will Take The First Winning Move?

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2021-08-11 22:32:34


Clashing Teams: England and India

Venue: Lord’s London

Date: August 12th- 16th, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM (Local) & 03:30 PM (IST)

Head to Head: England- 48 & India- 29 (Draw Result- 50)

Live Telecast: Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv App


  • After taking home four points for the unsettled Nottingham test, England will be eager to make the winning move as the cricket action progresses towards ‘Home of Cricket’- The Lord’s. The rain-curtailed first test carried scattered positives for English team, as Root single-handedly rebelled against India’s able bowling line-up and scored 64 runs in first inning and 109 runs in the second. For bowling expertise, duo of veteran pacer James Anderson and Ollie Robinson heist Indian scalps where Anderson’s old wine in new bottle performance tagged him with 4-wicket and Robinson amassed his very first five-wicket haul.

  • England processed a bid to readjust the playing XI ahead of Lord’s bout, as spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali is expected to land straight in the team combination, possibly Sam Curran could warm the bench. Monitoring bizarre top-order show, Ollie Pope can be certified fit to play the second test following a quad injury that evicted wicket-keeper batsman out of inaugural test and Surrey star will switch-role with Dan Lawrence, Brits team management could also expel underperforming Zak Crawley from final XI and could bring in Jack Leach.


  • India totally outperformed England with brilliant bowling performance and at last needed just 157 runs to win the first match with nine wickets in custody before rain spoiled the advancement. Forced change of KL Rahul stepping-in for injured Mayank Agarwal proved blessing in disguise, as Karnataka based batter scored brilliant 84 runs knock in first inning and contributed 38-ball 26 runs before signing-off second innings chase. Indian pacers also exhibited spirited show, as Bumrah collected a total 9 wickets, Shami traumatized Brits batter with 4 scalps and Shardul Thakur collected 2 scalps in each of the innings.

  • India can move ahead for the Lord’s face-off with untouched batting proficiency and Mayank Agarwal’s wait can extend for another match. Although, indicative abetment for spin-bowler can force Indian team to piggyback likes of R. Ashwin along with bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. However, it would be difficult to find a place for Ashwin in the team combination analyzing the efficiency of Shardul Thakur and Mohammad Siraj with the duke ball in middle overs.


Topbets Prediction

Both teams stand neck-to-neck while evaluating a through on-paper analysis. However, for England Joe Root single-handedly hushed away the imminent loss but it wouldn’t be wrong to say that India as a team was in control for most of the spells of first test. London’s favorable weather conditions guarantee a result in the five-days of game-play where India stands as the firm favorites to snatch 1-0 lead. The Lord’s wicket will deliver a competitive version of cricket with no favoritism either for bowlers or the batsmen. Moreover, spinners will definitely take the central stage on the last two days of the match and the obvious choice for toss winning skipper should be to bat first and enjoy the perks offered by fresh Lord’s wicket.

 Odds As On 08:30 P.M















Top Batsman for Team England- Joe Root- The Brits skipper delivered a standalone performance in first test by scoring 64 runs in first inning and 108 runs in second inning. The red-ball specialist right-handed batsman has scored 8897 runs in test format and taken 195 innings to achieve the milestone by scoring runs at strike-rate of 54.81.

Top Batsman for Team India- KL Rahul- This right handed batsman is like liquid and evolves itself at any offered batting order sanctioned by the team think-tank. The highest run-getter for team India in the preceding match has played just 62 white-ball innings and piled up 2116 runs at an elevated strike rate of 55.61.

Jasprit Bumrah to be India’s Top Bowler- Popularly called as the ‘tail-ender hunter’, Bumrah has found his white-ball form by collecting a total nine wickets in the inaugural match which also included one five-wicket haul. Bumrah has played just 41 innings and is already heading towards the 100 wickets milestone at an economy rate of 2.7.

England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed/ Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley/ Ollie Pope, Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson.

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin/ Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj/Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami.