The India vs England five test match series kicked off in grand fashion as England fought out of their skins to put the hosts on the backfoot but eventually managing to get only a draw. As we move closer to the beginning of the second test, both teams, particularly India need to look up to their playing eleven and make new strategies. And we are making an attempt to bring up all the possibilities of what’s going to happen in the five days of the second test match which is going to be held in Vishakhapatnam in this article.
India vs England First test: Review
The first test India vs England test match ended in a draw, but there were lots of positives that England could take from the game. Winning the toss, Alistair Cook’s men put India under pressure with a mammoth total. India also gave a good reply although they fell short by 49 runs. However, a century from the captain and a gritty knock from debutant Haseeb Hameed saw the visitors piling up a good total in the second innings as well. India having being set a target of 310 in at least 49 overs had no other options than playing out the overs. But India’s batting line-up started to crumble under pressure, and yet again, Virat Kohli’s bat became the saviour. Ravichandran Ashwin also provided great support to his captain as India eventually managed to play out the day and the match in a draw.
India vs England Second Test: Preview
The second India vs England test is scheduled to begin on November 17, 2016, in the picturesque city of Vishakhapatnam. The ACA-VDCA Stadium is famous for making some batting paradise during the Indian Premier League. However, this time round the pitch is definitely not going to be like the one we generally get in Vishakhapatnam, and the ball is expected to turn from the second day itself. In fact, after a relatively less turning pitch by Indian standard in Rajkot, where spinners from either side failed to make much of an impact, the pitch is expected to have a vicious turn. And the curators have promised that as well.
India vs England Second Test: Team News
Both teams have looked settled with their starting line-up. However, few changes are likely to come in with players getting fit before the start of the game. One such player is Lokesh Rahul who has been in good form for India. India also needs to strengthen their opening slot, so if Rahul can get fit in time, he might just get back in the opening spot ahead of Gautam Gambhir who could not do himself any favour by getting out for 29 in the first innings and a duck in the second innings. Also the condition of Mohammad Shami is going to be a concern for the Indian thinktank for he was found to be struggling with his hamstring while bowling in the first innings. Although it looks good for Shami, if he doesn’t pass the fitness test before the second test Ishant Sharma might come in to replace him. Besides that, it seems that India will go with an unchanged side.
England will also be looking forward to keeping an unchanged side. Their spinners have bowled. Reports of ace swing bowler James Andersen making an arrival in India has come in, but it doesn’t look like that he is going to get an opportunity straightaway into the first team. He played his last match way back in August. He is at the moment out of practice for a long time and also there won’t be too much of reverse swing expected to be happening in Vizag. So it would be fair enough for the England thinktank to leave out their frontline pacer in the India vs England second test match. However, latest development have revealed just the opposite and Andersen might just get into the team in the final minute.
The latest news has revealed that KL Rahul has been flown in from the Ranji trophy match that he has been playing for his state Karnataka which reveals the fact that the Indian team is not that much happy with the performance of Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir scored only 29 runs when the pitch was batting friendly and failed to open his account in a situation when the team needed him. being an experienced player what the Indian team wanted from him was a stabilising innings when India simply had to bat out the rest of the match for a draw. he failed to score and it seems that this might just close the door for Gautam Gambhir to get an entry into the Indian team.
India (probable starting line-up): Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav.
England (probable starting line-up): Alistair Cook (captain), Haseeb Hameed, Ben Duckett, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Chris WoakesJames Andersen, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari
India vs England 2nd Test Match: Match Details
Date: November 17, 2016
Venue: ACA-VDCA, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Time: 09.30 AM (IST)
India vs England 2nd Test Match: TV Guide and Online Streaming
TV Listings: The match will be telecasted live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1 in English and on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 3 in Hindi
Live Streaming: Live Streaming will be available in India on Hotstar
This is going to be the first test match in this venue like Rajkot. This will be a proud moment for the authority as they will become the member of the elite club of test match venues in India. India will be looking forward to forcinga result in their favour unlike what panned out in Rajkot. For further news and updates regarding this match, please keep an eye on this thread as we promise to bring you the latest updates as we build up to the India vs England Second Test match in the five-match Test series.