Free tips Cricket Betting Preview: India v England 2nd Test (4am, Thursday)

Ravichandran Ashwin looks good bet for top Indian wicket-taker against England

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Just four days after the culmination of the 1st Test in Rajkot, India and England are back in action at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam for the 2nd Test.

England got off to a solid start in the five-match series with a draw in the 1st Test.  It was a high-scoring match on a flat pitch that never really suggested it would be anything other than a draw from early on.  

Several of England’s batsmen did at least get some useful runs on the board, with Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes all making 1st innings centuries and captain Alastair Cook doing likewise in the 2nd innings.  Debutant Haseeb Hameed also weighed in with an impressive 82 and gave hope that England may have finally found an opener to partner Cook.

The Indians also had a couple of 1st innings century makers in Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, but this was a wicket that didn’t offer anything for the bowlers until the last couple of days.  

Cook declared England’s 2nd innings soon after lunch on the final day to set India a target of 310 in a minimum of 49 overs and there were a few wobbles from the hosts as Chris Woakes picked up the early wicket of Gautam Gambhir and India struggled to 71-4 soon after tea.  

India clung on for the draw, eventually ending the day at 172-6, but England’s spinners showed they can compete with their Indian counterparts, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid being particularly impressive.

Like Rajkot, Visakhapatnam is a new venue for Test cricket, but the belief is that the playing strip will offer far more for India’s slow bowlers.  One particularly ominous sign is that in the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand at Visakhapatnam at the end of October, the Black Caps were whittled out for just 79 runs, with Amit Mishra’s leg-breaks picking up five wickets.

England will have taken plenty of confidence from the 1st Test where, although they were unable to force a victory, they generally had the upper hand throughout.  Even so, if as expected this is a wicket more favourable to India’s spin bowlers, this is a match where prolific wicket-taker Ravichandran Ashwin could prove decisive.

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