Match Prediction – Eng vs Ind, 1st Test 2022, Who Will Win Today’s Match?
England and India are set to lock horns at Edgbaston from Friday in the rescheduled Test from last year’s Pataudi Trophy. India, who lead by 2-1, will be looking to clinch the series while England have a better chance of drawing it than they had last year.
England have adopted a new brand of cricket under the leadership of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, and results have been impressive. They hammered New Zealand by 3-0 in the recently concluded series. They have 52 points in the World Test Championship and sit at the seventh place.
India are placed third on the table with 77 points from 11 Tests. They have a real shot of reaching the second consecutive WTC final and would be hoping to claim all 12 points from this match. Like their opponents, India are also under a new management with Rohit Sharma as the captain and Rahul Dravid as the coach. They clean swept Sri Lanka at home earlier this year.
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Last 5 Wins
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Eng vs Ind head to head in Tests
Total Encounters – 130
England made history in the recent series against New Zealand, becoming the first team to successfully chase 250+ three consecutive times in a series. Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope were the stars for them with the bat while Jack Leach, Matty Potts were excellent with the ball.
England have added Sam Billings in the squad as a backup for Ben Foakes, who had tested positive for Covid-19. James Anderson, who was rested from the third Test against New Zealand, will be back for this game.
Betting Tip – Who will be the best Batsman for England?
Joe Root will be the top batter for England. The right hand batter has been in glorious form, scoring over 2400 runs in Test cricket since 2021 at an average of nearly 59. Root is coming off a prolific series against New Zealand, where he registered two hundreds and a fifty.
Betting Tip – Who will be the best Bowler for England?
England Top Bowler 1st Innings James Anderson @3.15
James Anderson will be the top bowler for England. The greatest England seamer has a fantastic record in Test cricket and has been in good form in recent years. Anderson snared 11 wickets in two matches in the recent New Zealand series and will be fresh for this contest.
England Probable Playing XI: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings/Ben Foakes (wk), Jamie Overton, Matty Potts/Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson
India were defeated by 2-1 in South Africa earlier this year but later hammered Sri Lanka by 2-0 at home. Ravindra Jadeja was at his best with the bat and ball while Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah were also top performers.
India have a huge concern with their captain’s availability as Rohit Sharma had tested Covid-19 positive on Saturday. Mayank Agarwal is likely to get an opportunity if Rohit is not fit. Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur could be vying for the third seamer’s spot.
Betting Tip – Who will be the best Batsman for India?
Rishabh Pant will be the top batter for India. The 24yr old has done a great job in Test cricket so far, scoring 1920 runs in 30 matches at an average of 41. He has four hundreds and nine fifties in the format. Pant looked in good touch in the warm-up game, scoring 76 off 87.
Betting Tip – Who will be the best Bowler for India?
Jasprit Bumrah will be the best bowler for India. The speedster has magnificent numbers in Test cricket, having picked 123 wickets in 29 matches at an average of 21.73. Bumrah has eight five-fors to his credit and could claim another one, looking at the conditions.
India Probable Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal/Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur/Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Joe Root is the top contender for the ‘player of the match’. He’s in terrific form and will yet again be a key for the hosts. Jonny Bairstow is also a strong candidate. From the Indian side, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have a good shout.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch at Edgbaston should assist the seamers when the ball is hard and new but expect batters to dominate the old ball. The average first and second innings score at the venue reads 307 and 320, respectively.
As for the weather, Edgbaston could see a couple of hours of rain on each of the first two days, with an 80% and 72% chance of precipitation. There’s around a 30% chance of rain on the other three days as well.
With overcast conditions likely to be on offer, the teams could be tempted to bowl first. Expect India to choose batting first if they win the toss while England could do the opposite.