About the Match
Day 2 of the final test between India and England followed a very similar pattern to the first day. There seemed to be something in the pitch for the bowlers for the first hour or so after which it flattened out and became a batting paradise. England managed to reach a very respectable 477 thanks largely to Adil Rashid and debutant Liam Dawson’s heroics with the bat.
Do the visitors finally have enough on the board to be able to put pressure on this very impressive Indian batting lineup?
Day 3 Preview and Predictions
India has got off to a confident start thanks to its new opening pair of Parthiv Patel and Lokesh Rahul. Murali Vijay, the opener who got a hundred in the last test was injured during a fielding effort and was unable to walk out.
Parthiv Patel stepped up again for India and was impressive in his brief stay late on the second day. Both Patel and Rahul will be looking to convert this innings into a big one to make the most of their start.
Previous records suggest that Parthiv Patel has a tendency to throw away his wicket after getting set and we feel that a bet on him scoring less than a personal total of 60 would be a good one
. Rahul, on the other hand, is the exact opposite and scores big hundreds after getting an initial start.
If he survives the first hour of play tomorrow then back him to get a hundred.
The pitch was expected to be the best for batting on days 1 and 2 deteriorating from their onwards and so England is in with a shout if they can get the two main Indian batsmen out cheap. Cheteshwara Pujara and Virat Kohli are going to be the deciding factors whether India is able to get close to this Indian total or not.
Pujara, in particular, has made his name grinding out hundred after hundred on the domestic circuit on exactly this sort of pitch. He missed out in the last test and can be expected to score a big one here. Virat Kohli is in fantastic form, however, low and slow pitches are not his favorite kind of surface. It is a brave man who will bet against him right now but we think this surface offers England the best chance of getting him out cheaply.
The England bowling in the last session on Day 2 was very ordinary. They never threatened to take wickets or even stop the flow of runs. They still have to bowl in the first hour of the morning, which seems to be the best time to pick wickets and so tomorrow might be a different story altogether.
Stuart Broad, fresh after missing two test matches will be the bowler most likely to trouble the batsmen with his mix of cutters and should be a safe bet for the highest wicket taker of the innings. Among the spinners, Moeen Ali with his flatter trajectory and quicker speed will be a constant threat to the batsmen providing he is able to bowl extended period with control.
The game is still very much in favor of England at this moment