The second Test match between England and India is scheduled to be played from August 12 to 16 at Lord’s. The series is currently tied 0-0 as the opening Test was drawn. England are winless in their last three Tests, including two against World Champions New Zealand. India, on the other hand, are winless in their last two Tests, which also includes a defeat to New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship.
England vs India 2nd Test 2021
Team News England
England will consider themselves lucky that rain came to save the day and 1st Test for them. Their batting, except for their captain Joe Root, had failed them in both the innings, and if it hadn’t been for the generosity of the heavens, they’d have been 1-0 down in the series. England last won a Test back in February when they beat none other than India in India. They have won nothing in six subsequent matches since then. It has led to their coach Chris Silverwood admitting that changes could be made for the second Test, with Ollie Pope, Haseeb Hameed, and Moeen Ali all in contention.
Likely playing 11 for England
1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Dan Lawrence, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Sam Curran, 9 Ollie Robinson, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson
Team News India
India did little wrong in the opening Test, except for their middle-order’s failure in the 1st innings. There is little need for them to change anything based on their combined showing in the last game. The big question before the series opener was whether to pick Ravichandran Ashwin or not. He was left out, and judging by what Virat Kohli said in his post-match interview to Mike Atherton, the world’s top-ranked spinner will again miss out.
Likely playing 11 for India
1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Mohammed Siraj
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Historically speaking, the Lord’s wicket favours batters in the opening innings before the bowlers find a bit of help in the latter days. Capable fast and seam bowlers manage to extract bounce and movement on any day, but spinners, in particular, find assistance on the last two days when the wicket has little moisture left.
The opening Test proved a proverbial wet blanket (pun definitely intended), but the forecast for London for the next week is pretty dry and sunny, which bodes well for quality, uninterrupted cricket.
England vs India 2nd Test 2021 Betting Predictions
Match Result Prediction
India have a cleaner bill of health and are far more motivated to win. After all, they almost won the opener. Our pick is for them to be one-nil up by the time the second Test is over.
Winner: India (2.40)
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Highest Opening Partnership
The pairing of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul is far more reliable and talented than that of Rory Burns and Dom Sibley. Therefore, our pick is for the Indian duo to have the highest opening partnership in the match.
Highest Opening Partnership: India (1.73)
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Player Total Runs
Joe Root was in sublime form in the opening match of the series, even if his fellow English batters were struggling, so we expect him to at least score one half-century in the second Test.
Player Total Runs – Stats – Joe Root will score 50 runs: Yes (1.668)
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Best Player of the Match
Virat Kohli was out for a golden duck in the opening Test. He will now be more determined than ever to erase that memory and make his mark.
Best Player of the Match: Virat Kohli (7.9)
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Highest score after 1st over
Indian opener Rohit Sharma likes to play his strokes no matter what the format. Thus, we expect him to bat at a good rate and dispatch any loose balls if presented with the opportunity.
Highest score after 1st over: India (2.30)
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Most match sixes
The Indian batting line-up has more natural stroke players, and thus, we expect them to hit more sixes during the match.
Most match sixes: India (2.00)
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