September 07, 2021 4:17 PM
Alex Sarwar

England vs India – 5th Test Match Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is England vs India taking place? Friday, September 10th, 2021 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is England vs India taking place? Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

What is the expected weather for England vs India? 18-19c cloudy, but dry on Days 2, 3 and 4 with a gentle breeze, but a chance of rain on Days 1 and 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
India beat England by 157 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • England failed to build on their resounding victory in the third Test against India, losing the fourth Test by 157 runs, despite being ahead following their first innings, leaving them needing a win here to save the series.
  • Chasing 368 to win the match, the hosts found themselves 120/2, before a middle order collapse saw them bowled out for just 210, with Ollie Pope dismissed for just 2 after making 81 in the first innings on his return to the side following injury.
  • Wicketkeeper Jos Butter and spin-bowler Jack Leach have been recalled to the squad for the fifth Test with Buttler expected to feature, whilst fast bowler Craig Overton is doubtful with an elbow injury and could be replaced by fellow paceman Mark Wood

INDIA

  • India’s powers of recovery came to the fore once again in the fourth Test as they dragged themselves from a position of weakness to a position of overwhelming power and ultimately victory, thanks to contributions from the entire team.
  • Top order batter Rohit Sharma set the tone in the second innings with his first Test century outside of India, whilst Cheteshwar Pujara, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and all-round Shardul Thakur all accrued half-centuries.
  • A collective bowling effort in England’s second innings chase saw four of the five Indian bowlers utilised pick up at least two wickets and whilst spin-bowler Ravichandran Ashwin is a candidate to play in the fifth Test should the pitch show signs of potential turn, it would be no surprise if the tourists name an unchanged side with batter Ajinkya Rahane expected to be backed despite his poor form.

THE PREDICTION

A thrilling test series between these two cricketing powerhouses comes to a conclusion at Emirates Old Trafford with India knowing that avoiding defeat would see them win a test series in England for the first time since 2007. To do this however, they’ll have to be at their best against the hosts, who have emerged triumphant in 12 of their most recent 15 red ball matches in Manchester.

England have little choice but to gamble in this fifth Test and prepare a track that suits the bowling side, especially when taking into account them needing victory to successfully tie this five-game series, alongside the potential of rain taking time out of the contest. With that in mind, a low scoring affair could be in prospect. Home advantage is likely to prove a key factor here and veteran swing bowler Jimmy Anderson is expected to be at his brilliant best on his home ground. When also factoring in the return of Buttler, alongside England’s powers of recovery shown earlier in the series, the hosts are to be favoured for a narrow victory in this fifth and final Test.

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