India vs England Match Test Series: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
England vs India Test Series Betting Tips
Last Update: August 16th, 2018
- India’s come back chances look slim after their defeat at the lords. England looks good to win the series with at least 4 wins and are likely to finish 4-1 (4.33) in a scenario where India wins one Test at the end of the series. Bet Now
- In case India manages to pull a draw in the following Tests to save face, England still stands to win the series 4-0 (4.50) Bet Now
- Going further into the Test series England looks solid and given India’s struggling batting line-up, England’s Test Score after 4th Test could very likely be 4-0 (2.87). Bet Now
- Given England’s current form and the way the team has performed in the last two Tests, their chances of an outright series win are very high and thus the odds are low at 1.03 for England To Win Outright. Bet Now
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India vs England Test Match Prediction
India’s batting dependency on Virat Kohli was clear before the Test series started. The last two Test matches at Edgbaston, and Lord’s saw the Indian batting line up reduced down to a one-many army.
India’s first innings at Edgbaston was a classic one-man show put up by the skipper Virat Kohli who scored 149 while the rest of the team could manage to score a combined 105 runs.
India’s top order batsmen, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul scored 20, 26, and 4 runs respectively in the first innings of the first Test match. That was followed by scores of 6, 13 and 13 runs respectively in the second innings.
India’s bowling came off really well, with Ashwin finishing with bowling figures of 4-64 in the first innings and 3-59 in the second innings where he was supported by Ishant Sharma who got a fifer.
In the second Test match, India faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of the hosts where the hosts batted only once and got the India all out twice.
The second Test saw India’s batting line up shattered by the England seem bowling once again. Cheteshwar Pujara replaced Shikhar Dhawan, and batted at number 3 to score 1 and 17 runs in 1st and 2nd innings respectively.
Murali Vijay was out for duck in both innings and KL Rahul continued his form from previous Test match and scored 8 and 10 runs the two times he came out to bat in this match.
While India’s middle order has failed to show any signs of number one Test team in the world, the middle order doesn’t fail to disappoint. Ajinkya Rahane who was considered an overseas specialist, has failed to play a significant innings for India.
While Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya shined with the ball in the first innings finishing 3-96 and 3-66 respectively, they had no chance to blow in the second innings as England defeated India by an innings and 159 runs
Replacing Umesh Yadav with the chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was seen as a tactical move. Unfortunately for the Indian side, Kuldeep couldn’t get any wickets as he did in the T20s.
England’s has been a good journey so far in this Test series. Their skipper Joe Root (80) scored a half century along with wicket keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (70) in the first innings of the 1st Test.
England’s bowling attack complimented their batting efforts with James Anderson picking up 2 wickets each in both innings, along with Sam Curran (4-74 & 1-18), Stuart Broad (0-40 & 2-43), Ben Stokes (2-73 & 4-40). Sam Curran socred 63 runs in the second innings and was the player of the match.
Going into the second innings, a lot was expected from the English bowling attack as the playing conditions at Lord’s were overcast, and it rained on the first day.
James Anderson took advantage of the pitch and the weather and picked 5-20 in the first innings and 4-23 in the second. Stuart Broad finished 1-37 and 4-44. Chris Woakes bagged 2 wickets in both innings and the English bowling attack made sure the England team doesn’t bat twice.
- England haven’t lost a Test Series at home since 2014 and have been in great form ever since.
- India come to England after having had miserable results on their last two tour losing 1-3 and 0-4
- The Indian batting line-up is heavily dependent on skipper Virat Kohli who had the worst tour of his career in 2014 in England.
Our Prediction: England will win this 5 Match Test Series
Team India’s start of the English Tour has been a mixed bag of results. They won the 3-match T20I series comfortable 2-1 but where humbled by the home side in the 3-match ODI series with the same result. On paper Indians are the No. 1 ranked side in ICC Team Rankings while their rivals are distantly placed at the fifth spot. But this series will be much more than a contest on paper where the Indian batting line-up would be tested by quality seam and swing bowling by the English bowlers. The Englishmen have more to worry about the Indian spinners than anything else this time around. Going into the Test series having comfortably won the last two ODIs and results of India’s past two tours on English soil we believe the home side is favourite to retain the Pataudi Trophy.
Indian team goes into the test series taking confidence from their South African tour at the start of the year. Though they lost the series 1-2 they did scare the home side and could have won it 2-1 but for one bad session in Centurion. They have had a phenomenal run in the last 24 months winning 17 test matches and losing only 3. Virat Kohli and his men would also take heart from the fact 4-0 win during England’s previous visit to India two of which were innings victories. But India has a baggage of history to deal with having won only a single Test series in English soil since 1986’s famous win and having won only three Test matches in the interim period. They lost 0-4 in 2011 and 1-3 in 2014
Team India has a formidable batting line-up and it would be a test of character for Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul at top of the order followed by Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik. Apart from Vijay and Rahane none of the others have good memories of playing Test in England. Kohli who has been conquering the world would like to erase the ugly memories of 2014 where he became James Anderson’s bunny. In terms of bowling India will be happy having one of the best bowling line-ups in its history with Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav to lead the attack and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav to outthink the Englishmen. Jasprit Bumrah’s absence in the first two test matches owing to injury may hurt them.
The hosts would go into the series with confidence of not having lost a Test series at home since losing to Sri Lanka way back in 2014. Their last series versus South Africa saw them win 3-1 and win against the West Indies 2-1. Over the last few years English batting line up has put up huge scores on the board and given its bowlers lot to play around with which has helped the side humble opposition teams. Every opposition team that has toured England in the last few years has got a taste of the home side’s resolve to put up a strong fight which has turned them into one of the most formidable home sides in the last decade.
The English batting line-up will be heavily dependent on Alastair Cook with the second opener’s slot still up for grabs. The middle order is formidable with Joe Root, Jos Butler and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. The biggest challenge for the English side would be tackling the Indian spinners and we have already seen how Kuldeep Yadav troubled them in friendly playing conditions. With the country going through one of its hottest summers the ball is expected to turn from Day 2 in most places. England would bank on their bowling arsenal. They have a balanced bowling attack with veterans James Anderson and Stuart Board leading the pace attack and shall find support from uncapped Jamie Porter. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are expected to trouble visitors on Day 4 and 5 if the wicket offers turn.
We feel it would be a keenly contested Test series but the English side hold the edge due to their better awareness of the conditions as well as India’s baggage of failures in England.
Date & Venue:
1st Test Match – Aug 1 – Aug 5 2018 – Edgbaston, Birmingham
2nd Test Match – Aug 9 – Aug 13 2018 – Lord’s, London
3rd Test Match – Aug 18 – Aug 22 2018 – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
4th Test Match – Aug 30 – Sep 3 2018 – The Rose Bowl, Southampton
5th Test Match – Sep 7 – Sep 11 2018 – Kennington Oval, London
Time: 10:00 AM UTC (all games)