India v England betting tips, prediction & odds; 4th Test preview
Welcome to our India v England betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for the 4th Test at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, starting on Thursday, March 4.
India seized a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series with their win inside two days in the pink ball Test at the same ground last week. The pitch for that match was a raging turner, with 18 of the 20 England wickets to fall being shared between Axar Patel and Ravi Ashwin, and off-spinner Washington Sundar snaring another. It was the shortest completed Test since 1935.
Front-line Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah bowled just six overs for the match and has been ruled out of the fourth Test for personal reasons. He could be be replaced by paceman Umesh Yadav, though with the match played at the same ground, India may bring in another spin option and have Ishant Sharma as the lone pace bowler.
India are also considering resting Washington Sundar and bringing in left-armer Kuldeep Yadav, a more experienced spinning option.
India just need a win or a draw to ensure they meet New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s mid-year. Australian fans will be cheering on the old enemy England, for if England can level the series 2-2, Australia will qualify to meet the Kiwis in London.
England must recover quickly from a couple of disastrous batting performances including an inglorious pair for Jonny Bairstow. They went into the Third Test stocked up on pavemen but seem certain to rush in Dom Bess to replace one of the pacemen. The fact that captain Joe Root took 5-8 in India’s opening innings should make Bess’s inclusion a certainty.
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. 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. India 145 (Rohit Sharma 66; Joe Root 5-8, Jack Leach 4-54) and 0-49 (Rohit Sharma 25no) d England 112 (Zak Crawley 53; Axar Patel 6-38) and 81 (Ben Stokes 25; Axar Patel 5-32, Ravichandran Ashwin 4-48) by 10 wickets. Player of the match: Axar Patel.
March 4-8: 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 fourth Test team (likely)
Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
England fourth 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 4th Test at Ahmedabad starting on Thursday.
India v England 4th Test odds
Head to head odds: India $1.42, England $4,70, draw $6.50
Man of the match betting:
$6 Ravichandran Ashwin
$7 Virat Kohli
$8 Axar Patel
$9 Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma
$10 Joe Root
$11 Shubman Gill
$13 Ben Stokes, Jack Leach
Top run-scorer India 1st innings odds:
$3.25 Virat Kohli
$3.75 Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma
$5 Mayank Agarwal
$5.50 Shubman Gill
$7 Ajinkya Rahane
$7.50 Lokesh Rahul
$9 Rishabh Pant
Top run-scorer England 1st innings odds:
$2.88 Joe Root
$4.50 Zak Crawley
$5 Ben Stokes
$5.50 Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns
$6 Ollie Pope
$9 Dan Lawrence
Top wicket-taker 1st innings India odds:
$2.38 Ravichandran Ashwin
$2.88 Axar Patel
$4.50 Ishant Sharma
$5.50 Kuldeep Yadav
$6 Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj
Top wicket-taker 1st innings England odds:
$3 Jack Leach
$3.25 Dom Bess
$5 Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Joe Root
$5.50 Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes
$6 Ben Stokes
India v England betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several India v England tips for the fourth Test.
Ravi Ashwin man of the match
Ravichandran Ashwin has been a powerful force in this series, with bat and ball. He has taken more wickets than anyone, though he was overshadowed by teammate Axar Patel in the third Test. Ashwin has averaged more than 35 with the bat and around 16 with the ball, with 24 wickets through the first three Tests. He is short enough in the betting but there is every chance he could again grab a bagful of wickets and add some handy runs in another match in which runs are expected to be hard to come by.
Rohit Sharma top-scorer for India first innings
Sharma has emerged as the best batsman in this series and we will go with him to continue the form. Sharma has taken advantage of the quick bowlers early and then been skilful enough to defy the spinners for a good amount of time. In a series where runs are like gold, he is the master.
India v England prediction 4/3/2021
India showed in the final couple of Tests of the Australian tour that this team has the mettle to stand up in the key moments. While England are certain to head into this match with a much better balanced bowling line-up with an extra spinner, the odds are really against them. India’s spinners look just a little better and their batsmen more comfortable on what is expected to be another turning pitch. The toss will be crucial and if it falls England’s way they immediately have a much greater chance of victory but India should be able to wear them down either way. Our final India v England prediction? India to make it 3-1 in a close one and book their place against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final.
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 9.30am local time (4am UK time) on March 4, 2021.
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