ENG vs IND, 2nd Test Match

Match Preview

England will face India in the 2nd Test Match of a 5-Match Test series on 12 August at Lord’s, London. The opening Test got ruined due to rain and the match ended in a draw between the teams. It was a good start to this series as both sides had performed quite well. The Lord’s stadium will witness a fascinating upcoming Test match between the two giants and hopefully produce a decisive winner.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is bowling dominant and is more favorable to pacers. Sunny weather with broken clouds and temperatures at 17 – 18 °C

STATS – TEST

Total matches                            140

Matches won batting first          50

Matches won bowling first        39

Average 1st Inns scores           312

Average 2nd Inns scores         298

Average 3rd Inns scores          257

Average 4th Inns scores          155

Highest total recorded              729/6 (232 Ov) by AUS vs ENG

Lowest total recorded               38/10 (15.4 Ov) by IRE vs ENG

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Jos Buttler – The right-handed batsman kills opposing attacks with skill and with graceful batting shots. He is a quick-footed aggressive batsmen and an asset to his team in this series.

Matches – 51

Runs – 2745

Average – 33.88

2) Rishabh Pant – The left-handed batsman is a dynamic player from his squad. He gave decent performances in the last test match against New Zealand and recent IPL matches. His excellent skills as wicketkeeper is something that his team can benefit from. He took a total of 7 wickets in the 1st Test match.

Matches – 22

Runs – 1428

Average – 43.27

Top 5 Batsman Picks

1) Rohit Sharma – The right-handed opener has established himself as one of the best batsmen from his squad due to his remarkable performances over the years. He is a wise pick in this category for the fantasy team due to his great current form in this format.

Matches – 40

Runs – 2727

Average – 46.22

2) Virat Kohli – The right-handed batsman is the most consistent all-format accumulator of his time and has made jaw-dropping chases look easy. He has led his team through far greater victories in the past and will be expected to do the same in this test series as well.

Matches – 93

Runs – 7547

Average – 51.69

3) Rory Burns – In their search for a reliable Test player, England had attempted more graceful or aggressive options, but nobody could match Rory Burns’ returns or tenacity.  He played decent innings in the 1st test match.

Matches – 26

Runs – 1547

Average – 32.23                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4) Joe Root – The right-handed opening batsman is a strikingly heavy scorer as he worked through the ranks with his precisive and a systematic approach to his batting performances. He is an apt choice in this category due his excellent performances in the 1st test match.

Matches – 10

Runs – 8887

Average – 49.09

5) Lokesh Rahul – He is tall, elegant right-handed batsman who can keep wicket in a crisis and in the long format, his technique and application have benefited his team a lot including the 1st Test match against England. He is the kind of player one wouldn’t want to miss from their fantasy team.

Matches – 37

Runs – 2116

Average – 35.26

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Jasprit Bumrah – The right-arm fast bowler is armed with an anomalous, sling-arm action and natural pace and a peculiar release point of Bumrah’s deliveries makes it hard for batsmen to pick him. He has proven to be a very valuable bowler in this series. He took a 4 wicket and a 5 wicket haul in the 1st test Match.

Matches – 21

Wickets – 92

Economy – 2.69

2) Mohammad Shami – The right arm fast bowler is India’s leading pacer who has delivered consistent yet deadly spells in his career. His success can be attributed to his pace, accuracy and primarily his skill in moving the ball – both old and new. He took a total of 4 wickets in the 1st test match.

Matches – 52

Wickets – 188

Economy – 3.29

3) Ollie Robinson – The right-arm medium fast bowler has quick pace, he has built a reputation as an adaptable player and has even had great records as a county cricketer. He bagged 5 wickets in the opening test match.

Matches – 20

Wickets – 59

Economy – 33.50

4) James Anderson – The right arm fast medium bowler had long proved himself as one of the most skilful and prolific fast bowlers in England. He is one of the most experienced bowlers in this format and his team will benefit from his expertise.

Matches – 163

Wickets – 621

Economy – 2.83

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Sam Curran – The young left-handed batsman and left arm medium fast bowler is a slightly-built, brisk left-armer who showed an ability to swing the ball into the right-hander from the outset. He has given terrific performances in the Hundred Men’s Competition. He played good innings in the opening test match.

Matches – 22

Runs – 800

Average – 26.66

Wickets – 44

Economy – 3.26

2) Ravindra Jadeja – The left-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler has good control over his deliveries. He has good variations in his spell and is expected to give good fantasy points in this series. He scored 56 runs in the 1st test match.

Matches – 53

Runs – 2221

Average – 24.64

Wickets – 221

Economy – 2.45

Predicted Playing 11

India – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah

England – Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence/Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson

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Poll Winning Percentage

India – 35%

England – 39%

Draw – 26%

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