India vs. England – Cricket, Second Test, February 13, 2021
England heads into the second of four Tests against India with a shock 1-0 lead following a hugely impressive – and largely unexpected – 227-run victory in the opening match.
India was the bookmakers’ overwhelming favorite to win the series opener, but the hosts were ultimately outclassed by the tourists.
The second Test gets underway on Saturday, February 13. After looking at the odds, I will share my India vs. England second Test prediction and betting pick.
India vs. England Second Test Odds
England was priced at 5.25 to win the first Test, but as you can see, the top online betting sites have lowered the odds for the England win (3.45) significantly for the second Test.
Of course, with home-field advantage, India (1.62) remains the clear favorite to win the second Test and level the series. However, the visitors will be confident of snatching at least a draw (5.50) in Chennai.
India vs. England Second Test Preview
After claiming a memorable series win over Australia in January, Team India would have been brimming with belief ahead of England’s arrival. But it’s fair to say that the hosts were humiliated by the visitors in the first Test.
Chasing England’s mammoth first-innings tally of 578, the Men in Blue only managed to rack up totals of 337 and 192, meaning England required just 178 runs to secure the win.
Ravichandran Ashwin tried his best to limit the damage, claiming figures of 3/146 and 6/61. Still, the English batsmen generally dealt with the Indian bowlers, frustrating the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
A quick-fire 91 from Rishabh Pant was the only real standout batting performance for India. After falling for 11 in the first innings, Virat Kohli notched up a spirited 72 second time around, yet the Indian captain wasn’t able to save his side.
Despite the first-Test struggles, it is difficult to imagine India performing so poorly in the second Test.
Joe Root has 644 runs at 128 already in 2021, rising to No 3 in England’s all-time charts, and he is now just the second captain in history – after Don Bradman – to make scores of 150-plus in three successive Test matches. By @Cricket_Ali https://t.co/TZJvlXKFBR— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) February 6, 2021
England warmed up for this series with two comfortable wins over Sri Lanka, with Joe Root posting colossal scores of 228 and 186. Needless to say, the England captain picked up where he left off in Galle.
Root, arguably playing some of the best cricket of his career, notched up another double-century last time out, contributing 218 runs to England’s first-innings total. Supported by Dom Sibley (87) and Ben Stokes (82), the tourists took the game away from India early.
Let’s not forget that there were also a number of notable bowling performances. Spinners Dom Bess (4/76) and Jack Leach (4/76) enjoyed huge success, while Jimmy Anderson claimed figures of 3/17 as he tore through India’s batting line-up on the final day.
Veteran Anderson will be rested for the second Test, with Stuart Broad coming into the team. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali replaces Bess.
It goes without saying that the incoming players will need to match the level of their team-mates if England is to upset the odds again.
India vs. England Second Test Pick
Admittedly, I backed India to win the first Test. The home side looked set for a comfortable victory over England, but the tourists had other ideas.
This time around, I can’t look past the massive price for the draw. Both teams – especially England – showed that they could bat for long periods in the first Test, and on the same pitch, I can see the second Test going the distance.