Match IND vs ENG, 1st Test, England tour of India, 2021
Date Friday, February 05, 2021 - Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Toss England won the toss and opt to bat
Time 9:30 AM
Venue MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
It is the start of the series and everyone will be curious as to what the surface beholds. This is a very difficult pitch to read. There never used to be grass and the red soil used to help the spinner, more bounce as well. The captain winning the toss will like to bat as the surface may start to deteriorate as the Test goes on.
England have Stokes, Archer, Burns back after their Sri Lanka series. Joe Root had a sensational time in Galle and he will look to do well in his 100th Test as well. Root handling the Indian spinners is going to be a great battle to watch. It's likely to be Anderson, Archer, Stokes, Bess, Leach.
Jasprit Bumrah is set to play his first home Test, but there's a lot of interest on what the rest of the bowling line-up is expected to look like. Spearhead Ishant should slot back in. Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar who were part of the Indian bio-bubble have been added to the squad. Axar was set to take Jadeja's role but Nadeem is a seasoned campaigner in domestic cricket.
Virat is back as the leader and he's a proud man now after what his team was able to achieve in an insane series down under. India start favourites at home against England.
People predict score lines, but the team is just focused on this game, mainly to get the combination right with injuries to a few regulars. Kohli confirmed Pant after his heroics and gave him time to improve as a glovesman.
India Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
England Playing XI:
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson
England has decided to bat first after winning the toss. Till the latest update England has accumulated 20 runs after 10 overs. For more updates and free cricket betting tips stay tuned with us.