Both sides are expected to make minor changes to their line-ups owing to injuries.
England and India are gearing up for the second Test, which will begin on August 12th. Rain on Day 5 meant that the 1st Test ended in a disappointing draw, as both the teams shared the World Test Championship points. After conceding a first innings lead, England batted really well in the second innings to set a target of 209 for the visitors, thanks to a special knock from skipper Joe Root. Moeen Ali has been added to the squad and he is likely to feature in this Test.
On the other hand, India will be confident with the way things went in the 1st Test. The pacers bowled as a unit and gave breakthroughs whenever needed. The 6-1-4 team combination turned out to be a huge hit for them in the 1st Test, though there is still scope for improvement in all the departments.
England vs India, 2nd Test
Venue: Lord’s, London
Date & Time: August 12th– 16th, at 3:30 PM IST and 11:00 AM Local Time
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network
There is always a challenge for the batters on the opening day of the Test, where there will be plenty of assistance for the bowlers. The 3rd and 4th day of the Test at Lord’s is much easier to score runs. There is a chance of rain on the 4th and 5th days of the Test match.
Probable Playing XIs for ENG vs IND:
Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed/ Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Daniel Lawrence /Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Ollie Edward Robinson, James Anderson
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin/Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Top Picks for ENG vs IND Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batsmen
Joe Root has a good record against India and he maintained the same in the 1st Test of the series by scoring a half-century and a century in the first and second innings respectively. England’s Test skipper is short of only 113 runs from achieving a milestone of 9000 runs in Test cricket.
Zak Crawley was looking in good touch in the first innings, where he scored 28 runs. He has scored 737 runs in only 15 Test matches.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
Playing ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in the 1st Test, Ravindra Jadeja proved his worth by scoring a half-century in the 1st innings, which helped India to take the lead.
Sam Curran did not shine with the ball, as he went wicketless in the 1st Test. The 23-year-old Surrey all-rounder, however, made it up with the bat by scoring 59 runs from both innings combined.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Ollie Robinson utilized the conditions perfectly in the 1st Test and picked up his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket. The pace-friendly surface here at Lord’s will be definitely going to be ideal for him at Lord’s. Coming down the order, he is handy with the bat as well.
Jasprit Bumrah didn’t manage to pick up a single wicket in the WTC final, but he made a clear statement that he is here to stay and returned with the figures of 9/110 in the 1st Test.
Top Picks – Wicketkeepers
Rishabh Pant is turning out to be a key member of India in the Tests. He was been incredible behind the stumps in the 1st Test, as he took 7 catches. He didn’t capitalize on the start he got, but still managed to score 25 runs.
ENG vs IND Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Mohammed Siraj, Ollie Edward Robinson
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Jonny Bairstow, Rishabh Pant (c), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, James Anderson (vc), Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mark Wood
ENG vs IND Risky Captaincy Choices:
James Anderson has surpassed Anil Kumble’s record of 619 wickets to become the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.
Lokesh Rahul was outstanding in the first Test. His shot selection and playing the ball under the eyes was his success mantra. It’s worth a risk to pick him as your fantasy team skipper.
Player you should avoid:
Jos Buttler struggled against the Indian seamers in the 1st Test. Considering the competition among the wicketkeepers, it is better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.
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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.