India vs England , 2 Test , Visakhapatnam
It has been a dominating start by England in the series opener at Rajkot. Indian players looked in trouble while batting and were below par while fielding dropping too many catches. Now the focus shift’s on 2nd test at Visakhapatnam which begins from 17 November. Virat Kohli needs to marshal his troops and find a way to win in ever favoring home conditions.
Pitch & conditions
Pitch is going to be a rank turner like it was in 5th ODI recently played against New Zealand. Curator has said that he is keeping the wicket dry and pitch will start turning from 2nd day. Weather is going to be clear with sun out and bit cloudy on day 2 ,4 and 5 but there are no chances of rain predicted.
It is a International debut for Visakhapatnam in test format of the game but there have been 2 ranjhi matches played at this venue in 2016 . Total of 6 times a team has batted in ranjhi trophy at this venue and none of them was able to score more than 300 runs. It is going to be a low scoring game which may finish before day 5.
Both the captain’s would like to bat first and use the conditions well because as the game will progress there will be more turn for spinners which will be hard for batsmen so the formula is bat first and post a good total and win the game.
India DWWWD (last five matches, most recent first)
Watch out for
Ravichandran Ashwin he was not up to the mark in the first test according to the reputation he has in Indian conditions picking up just 3 wickets in 2 innings. He has been one of those bowlers for India in past few years who picks up 4,5 wickets in every inning. He needs to fire-back at Visakhapatnam and help India win.
Moeen Ali man of the match from previous game played a crucial knock with the bat in the first inning when India were through England’s top order Moeen Ali promoted up the order had a partnership with Joe Root and took England to a good total and was quite nippy with the ball as well. His contribution and presence is very important for England.
India have indicated that KL Rahul will come back into the side at Gautam Gambhir’s expense – possibly signalling the end of Gambhir’s considerable international career. Kohli hinted at a surprise or two, which may mean a debut for either Karun Nair or Hardik Pandya, with Amit Mishra’s place most vulnerable after a disappointing performance.
Probable XI : 1 KL Rahul, 2 M Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Karun Nair/Hardik Pandya, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav
England’s main concern is over the fitness of Chris Woakes and whether to gamble on James Anderson, who has not played since August due to shoulder problem. Steven Finn could also come into the equation.
Probable XI : 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Haseeb Hameed, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Duckett, 5 Moeen Ali, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Chris Woakes/James Anderson, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Zafar Ansari, 11 Stuart Broad
Stats & trivia
Moeen Ali needs 186 more runs to reach 1000 runs in 2016
Hameed’s 82 in Rajkot was the highest score by a teenager for England.
Virat Kohli and Joe Root are both set to play their 50th Tests in Visakhapatnam.
Cheteshwar Pujara and M Vijay are approaching 3000 career runs – Pujara is three short, while Vijay needs 20.