India vs England Prediction: Tourists can go back-to-back

 | February 02 | 

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Well, how do you follow that one? England pulled off one of the greatest Test victories in their history in Hyderabad but can they follow that epic win up in Visakhapatnam, with the Second Test starting in the early hours of Friday morning (04:00)?

As always, our go-to cricket guy Adam Roberts previews the game and gives you his best betting tips for the occasion.

India vs England 2nd Test Betting Tips

  • England to win - 21/10
  • England fall of first wicket over 23.5 - 5/6
  • Joe Root England top wicket-taker (1st Inns) - 4/1

If you thought the Ashes series and the Pakistan tour were gripping then the First Test in Hyderabad stood up and said: 'Hold my beer!'.

I don't think I've ever been as glued to a day of Test cricket in my life than the fourth day's action, with Ollie Pope finishing off his truly magnificent 196, ably supported by Ben Foakes, Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley, to drag England from a 190-run deficit, to a 230-run lead for India to chase.

The hosts looked to be cruising to the total at 42-0, before an inspired Tom Hartley struck, picking up the first three wickets of his 7-62, to decimate the Indian top order. Talismanic Virat Kohli was badly missed but India somehow scraped to within 28 runs of that target, before a couple of ludicrous charge and heaves by Ravi Ashwin and Mohammed Siraj saw Ben Foakes smash their bails off the wickets and send the travelling England fans into rapturous celebrations.

Make no mistake, England needed that result and performance after a terrible run of form with the white ball but this side, led by Bazball inventors Ben Stokes and Brendon 'Baz' McCullum are a different animal to the one led by Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott. They never give up and they never stop believing.

On to Vizag...

Team news

England have made two changes to the side that pulled off the miracle in Hyderabad, with off-spinner Shoaib Bashir making his England debut at the tender age of 20, as he replaces the injured Jack Leach.

At the other end of the spectrum, James Anderson, at 41 years and 187 days, will win his 184th cap and become the oldest seamer ever to play a Test match in India, after replacing Mark Wood for the 2nd Test.

England XI: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, James Anderson.

India will also make at least two enforced selection changes, as Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul are absent via injuries. Kuldeep Yadav is expected to fill in for Jadeja, with Rajat Patidar expected to deputise for Rahul.

India may also look to play an additional spinner in the form of Washington Sundar or the uncapped Sourabh Kumar, in place of Mohammed Siraj, leaving Jasprit Bumrah as the sole pace bowler.

India (from): Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, KS Bharat (wk), Dhruv Jurel (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Avesh Khan, Rajat Patidar

Match odds

India remain big 1/2 favourites to win the second Test despite the turnaround last week, with Ben Stokes' England an inviting 21/10 shot. The draw, which is increasingly an irrelevance with England these days, is all the way out at 9/1.

England to win - 21/10

Well I didn't expect that but the resolve, spirit and belief of this England Test team seems undiminished, despite several of their rank taking part in the disastrous World Cup defence.

India look bruised and battered and are now missing as many as five of their regular starting XI, with the loss of Kohli, Rahul, Jadeja and Rishabh Pant causing real problems for the home side.

Of course Rohit Sharma can count upon what seems like a never-ending carousel of quality young Indian cricketers but this could be a step too far.

England's big worries were in the spin department, with the inexperienced Ahmed and Hartley expected to be got at in the opening Test. Well, that was the case in the first innings but Hartley showed his class in the second stanza and I expect Rehan and young Bashir to do the same in Vizag.

More of the same please lads.

England 2nd test win 21-10

England fall of first wicket over 23.5 - 5/6

England's opening pairing of Crawley and Duckett have looked shaky at times but sailed past this amount in both innings in Hyderabad, averaging exactly 50 for their two efforts with the bat.

Much will depend on whether India play two seamers but expect the two England openers to go at the new ball hard.

England 23.5 runs 1st wicket 5-6

Joe Root England top wicket-taker (1st Inns) - 4/1

England's best batter bowled a remarkable 48 overs in Hyderabad, taking the brunt of the work on his shoulders in the first innings, as Ahmed and Hartley toiled.

Root finished with his second best ever figures of 4-79 and should get plenty more overs in the 2nd Test, with Ahmed and Bashir bowled in short bursts.

Joe root top eng bowler 4-1

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