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Alex Sarwar

England vs India – 4th Test Match Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is England vs India taking place? Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is England vs India taking place? Kia Oval, London

What is the expected weather for England vs India? 18-20c dry with light cloud and a moderate breeze across Days 1, 2, 3 and 4, but a chance of light rain late on Day 5.

What channel is England vs India on? The match will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream England vs India? The match can be streamed live via SkyGo

LAST MEETING
England beat India by an innings and 76 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • England bounced back from defeat in the second test emphatically, dismissing India for just 78 on Day 1 after the tourists won the toss and batted first, thus setting the for an eventual thumping victory for England, leaving the series level at 1-1.
  • Most importantly for the hosts was that their top order batting finally fired, with all of the top three scoring half centuries in their first innings score of 432, whilst captain Joe Root continued his extraordinary 2021 with the bat, racking up yet another three-figure score.
  • Wicketkeeper Jos Butter will miss the fourth test as he awaits the birth of his second child, so Jonny Bairstow is expected to take the gloves with batter Ollie Pope coming into the side in what could be England’s only change.

INDIA

  • India’s display in the third test will be a cause of concern for captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri, particularly how their batting order subsided so meekly against the new ball in both of their innings, despite a period of resistance on Day 3.
  • Kohli himself has been in poor form over the course of the series by his exceptionally high standards, with his score of 55 in India’s second innings his highest of the series so far although Cheteshwar Pujara’s 91 batting at number three was a big positive in a disappointing all-round performance.
  • It would be a surprise if India were not to make any changes for this fourth test and spin-bowler Ravichandran Ashwin should finally be given a chance at the Kia Oval, having played on the same ground already this season for Surrey, whilst the tourists face a tough decision on whether to rest fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who is such a potent weapon with the ball, but faces a tough schedule with both the IPL and T20i World Cup on the horizon.

THE PREDICTION

England’s victory at Emerald Headingley has been described as the perfect game, as the hosts finally combined their bowling potency with batting stability to accrue a match winning total in just one innings. The call-up of Dawid Malan at number three looks a very smart call, as the Yorkshire batter looked every inch the test match batter in his knock of 70 and opener Haseeb Hameed also justified the faith shown in him with a patient 65. India’s batters looked far less assured against the class of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, the latter looking more and more like a long-term bowling option for England with every game that passes.

Writing off this Indian team would be a foolish move and a reaction is expected at the Kia Oval. Normally a good pitch for batting, both teams will be looking for big first innings totals and with a strong chance of spin coming into play, both Moeen Ali of England and Ashwin of India will likely play a big role in this one. However, when taking into account that the home side appear to have found a successful batting formula, they may well go on to dominate proceedings in this fourth test with India’s batters likely to struggle again facing the brilliance of Anderson, Robinson and co with the new ball. England have an excellent recent record at the Kia Oval, winning their last three test matches here and in what should prove a tight affair, it is them who have the momentum and the tools to overcome the tourists for the second time and take a 2-1 series lead.

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