India v England betting tips, prediction & odds; 3rd Test preview
Welcome to our India v England betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for the 3rd Test under lights at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, starting on Wednesday, February 24.
This match is a day-night Test played with a pink ball, only the second to be held in India after the Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata in 2019.
India levelled the four-Test series against England 1-1 with an emphatic 317-run win in the second Test at Chennai, but there is some thought the pink ball will better suit England’s seam attack, or at least take away some of the edge spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel gave their team in the second Test.
Paceman Umesh Yadav is back in contention for a spot in the India side after recovering from a calf injury, but the home team is likely to make only one change, bringing back pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah to try to take advantage of the conditions.
England are likely to call on the express pace of Jofra Archer and the swinging brilliance of vetern James Anderson for this match. They have also called Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood into the squad after that pair was rested for the first two Test.
Spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali has been sent home to England for a break despite his outstanding display in the second Test when he took eight wickets and top-scored in England’s second innings with 43. Ali also did the right thing by WGL followers by taking the most wickets in India’s first innings, as forecast by our cricket experts.
This is a vital Test match with an eye on the World Test Championships. New Zealand are certain of a spot in the final at Lord’s but their opponents could be India (if they win the series), Australia (if England win 2-1 or series is drawn) or England (if England win 3-1).
India v England series schedule
February 5-9: 1st Test, M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. England 578 (Root 218, Sibley 87, Stokes 82; Jasprit Bumrah 3-84, Ravichandran Ashwin 3-146) and 178 (Joe Root 40; Ravichandran Ashwin 6-61) d India 337 (Rishabh Pant 91, Washington Sundar 85no, Cheteshwar Pujara 73; Dom Bess 4-76) and 192 (Virat Kohli 72; Jack Leach 4-76) by 227 runs. Player of the match: Joe Root.
February 13-17: 2nd Test, M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 9.30am. India 328 (Rohit Sharma 161; Moeen Ali 4-128) and 286 (Ravichandran Ashwin 106; Moeen Ali 4-98, Jack Leach 4-100) d England 134 (Ben Foakes 42no; Ravichandran Ashwin 5-43) and 164 (Moeen Ali 43; Axar Patel 5-60) by 317 runs. Player of the match: Ravichandran Ashwin.
February 24-28: 3rd Test, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 2.30pm IST (9am GMT)
March 04-08: 4th Test, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 9.30am IST (4am GMT)
March 12: 1st T20I, Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 7pm IST (1.30pm GMT)
March 14: 2nd T20I, Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 7pm IST (1.30pm GMT)
March 16: 3rd T20I, Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 7pm IST (1.30pm GMT)
March 18: 4th T20I, Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 7pm IST (1.30pm GMT)
March 20: 5th T20I, Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 7pm IST (1.30pm GMT)
March 23: 1st ODI, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 1.30pm IST (8am GMT)
March 26: 2nd ODI, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 1.30pm IST (8am GMT)
March 28: 3rd ODI , Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 1.30pm IST (8am GMT)
India third Test team (likely)
Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
England third Test squad
Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Continue reading for our free India v England tips for the 3rd Test at Ahmedabad starting on Wednesday.
India v England 3rd Test odds
Head to head odds: India $1.53, England $4, draw $6.50
Man of the match betting:
$7 Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin
$10 Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root
$11 Shubman Gill
$13 Cheteshwar Pujara, James Anderson, Jofra Archer
Top run-scorer India 1st innings odds:
$3.25 Virat Kohli
$4.50 Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma
$5 Shubman Gill
$6.5 Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane
$7 Lokesh Rahul
$8 Rishabh Pant
Top run-scorer England 1st innings odds:
$3 Joe Root
$5 Ben Stokes, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow
$6 Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns
$6.50 Ollie Pope
$7.50 Dan Lawrence
Top wicket-taker 1st innings India odds:
$2.75 Ravichandran Ashwin
$3.20 Jasprit Bumrah
$4.50 Axar Patel
$4.75 Umesh Yadav
$5 Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
$5.50 Washington Sundar
$9 Hardik Pandya
Top wicket-taker 1st innings England odds:
$3.75 Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, James Anderson
$4.34 Dom Bess
$4.50 Stuart Broad
$5.50 Olly Stone, Mark Wood
$6 Chris Woakes
$7.50 Ben Stokes
India v England betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several India v England tips for the third Test.
Jofra Archer most wickets India first innings
The West Indies-born paceman is a real handful when he finds the right conditions. It can be difficult for the batsmen to pick up the ball under lights, and it’s hard enough deal with Archer’s short stuff at the best of time. While he is fresh, expect him to make inroads.
Rishabh Pant top run-scorer India first innings
The wicketkeeper has been in sublime form with the bat. If the conditions are tough for batting we could see early inroads into the top orders of both teams, and if that happens then the likes of Pant will be needed for a rescue mission. He is a fearless type of batsman who takes on the opposition no matter the situation. It’s worth a small wager at good value with Unibet.
India v England prediction 24/2/2021
There is a school of thought that because the pitch at Sardar Patel Stadium has little grass on it, that the spinners will again be more dangerous than is usual in these pink ball matches. But in all the day-night Tests to date the pacemen have tended to dominate. In the 15 played fast bowlers average 24.47, and spinners 35.38. As a neutral we are hoping ball does not dominate bat to the extent the match is over in three days. We think the conditions will even things up for the English team, with Archer and Anderson tough to handle but India also have a healthy seam attack led by Bumrah. Our final India v England prediction? India to win a low-scoring, tense match by less than 100 runs/4 wickets.
India v England Test Details
Britain: Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event. India: Star Sports. Live stream: Disney plus Hotstar. Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO.
International readers can check out the best cricket betting sites.
The game starts at 2.30pm local time (9am UK time) on February 24, 2021.
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