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With India having taken a 1-0 lead in the five match series after winning the 2nd Test in Visakhapatnam by 246 runs, the pressure is now on England in Mohali to ensure that, at the very least, they avoid going two down.
It was a spirited effort from England in the 2nd Test, but a 1st innings collapse in the evening session of day two always looked likely to be costly.
Despite his lack of red-ball cricket over the past year, Jos Buttler is set to return to the England team as a specialist batsman, with the struggling Ben Duckett making way. On the bowling front, Stuart Broad is a serious doubt with a foot injury, although Chris Woakes is a reliable back-up.
If Broad is fit, Woakes is still a likely starter at the expense of Zafar Ansari. The left-arm spinner would almost certainly make way for either off-spinner Gareth Batty or another seam bowler, probably Steven Finn, whatever the situation with Broad.
The tourists believe that Mohali could be the test venue most conducive to their seambowlers, so it could be that Finn gets the nod. However, that perhaps negates the fact that India’s spinners shared 19 wickets between them in the last Test to be played there a year ago against South Africa, with Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja each picking up eight wickets in the match.
It’s unlikely that India captain Virat Kohli would be terribly keen on having a pitch prepared that would aid England’s cause, particularly with this being a match that the tourists ideally need to win and really cannot afford to lose if they are to have genuine hopes of taking anything out of the five-match series.
With India possessing a well-balanced bowling attack consisting of Ashwin, Jadeja, Jayant Yadav and the pace duo of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, winning the toss and putting some runs on the board could be vital to England’s cause.
Ashwin picked up five wickets in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test and did likewise at Mohali against the South Africans a year ago. He has both form and history on his side and should be backed again.