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England vs India, India tour of England, 2021, Today Match Prediction

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, England

378/3 in 76.4

4.93 Star

245/10 in 81.5


Toss Winner - England won the toss and chose to bowl first

England beat India by 7 wickets

Can India achieve a historic series win over England 2.0?

  • India led the series 2-1 and have a great chance to win the series after 2007.
  • England beat New Zealand 3-0 in the last home series comfortably.
  • India has 77 ICC Test championship points (58.33%) and England has 52 ICC Test Championship points (28.89%) in this cycle so far.

INDIA will win the match and win the series 3-1

Tournament: India tour of England, 2021 | Format: TEST | Venue: Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, England | Toss: To Bat

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India came back strongly from a 99-run deficient to win the test match comfortably by massive 151 runs last time these two teams met in September 2021 for the fourth Test match. Indian team was all over England and looked all set to win the Test series in English conditions, but the last test was rescheduled with India leading the series 2-1. A lot has changed from that test with new captains in charge for both teams. England has found a new energy and enthusiasm with Bazz-Stokes duo that steered them to a scintillating 3-1 series win over New Zealand. India on the other hand has made a few changes to their batting line-up and are looking to find their best possible XI that could give them the balance and depth here.

England Preview

England`s middle order of Joe Root (2 centuries & 1 fifty), Johnny Bairstow (2 centuries & 1 fifty), and Ollie Pope (1 century & 1 fifty) piled on the runs in the last home series recently. New Skipper Ben Stokes (2 fifties) and Alex Lees (1 fifty) fared better and made valuable contributions for the team. Zak Crawley`s form and Ben Foakes availability are their concerns going into this test match.

Anderson and Broad duo re-joined together as they miss a plethora of fast bowlers due to injury. Newcomers Matty Potts and Jamie Overton were very impressive in their debut series and will be looking to get into action in this match. Jack Leach comes into this match on the back of his twin 5-wicket haul and 10-wicket match haul into this match.

Top players to bet on: Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Matty Potts

England Predicted Playing XI:

Zak Crawley/Harry Brook, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Johnny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes, Stuart Broad, Matty Potts, James Anderson, Jack Leach

England Actual Playing XI:

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Sam Billings, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Matty Pots, James Anderson, Ben Stokes

India Preview

India`s batting line-up has a couple of puzzles to solve in their selection and skipper Rohit Sharma`s availability further causes a concern to the visitors. Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer are sure shot players in the XI with Cheteshwar Pujara expected to get the nod ahead at No.3. Mayank Agarwal or KS Bharat might slot in at the top if Rohit is unavailable.

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are expected to lead the Indian pace attack with Shardul Thakur expected to slot in as the pace all-rounder. Mohammed Siraj might slightly pip Umesh Yadav for the third seamer`s audition in this match. Ravi Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin will be in a tussle for the spinner`s slot and the former might get a nod in owing to his superior batting skills.

Top players to bet on: Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Shardul Thakur

India Predicted Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj/Umesh Yadav

India Actual Playing XI:

Mohammed Siraj, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami

W. speed
W. direction
0 mm.
1 k/h
From: ESE
0 mm.
1.57 k/h
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0 mm.
1.25 k/h
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0 mm.
1.21 k/h
From: SE
0.40 mm.
0.57 k/h
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0.42 mm.
1.03 k/h
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0.31 mm.
1.87 k/h
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0 mm.
2.15 k/h
From: S

Weather Conditions

Birmingham is expected to have dark and cloudy weather for the first 3 days and the weather improves on day 4 with sunshine expected.

Venue Details

Edgbaston is expected to have a spicy pitch which offers lateral movement for the bowlers considerably. Teams will be looking to post 300-350 runs on the board in the first innings to get an upper hand.

Toss: To Bat

Batting first is the best option on this pitch unless you have overcast conditions on the first day. Chasing in the fourth innings becomes very difficult on this pitch.

England has a superb middle order with in-form players and opening is their big worry in this series. They have the experience of Anderson and Broad to back up the firepower of Matty Potts and Jack leach in the playing XI. India`s batting needs to step up in this historic Test match and they have one of the quality bowling attacks in the world cricket now. They need to address their middle order issues and post a big score to help their team win the match. We expect India to win this match owing to their great form in the recent times.

INDIA will win the match and win the series 3-1


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Author: Dhinesh Kumar