With more than half of the five-match Test series between India and England already over, it is time that we move on to Mumbai for the fourth and the penultimate test match of the series. India lead the India vs England five match test series 2-0 with wins over the visitors in the second and third test match which was held in Vishakhapatnam and Mohali respectively. And as we build up to the India vs England 4th test match we bring forward the match preview of this upcoming encounter. Also, there has been some news coming in regarding the team selection which is provided in the team news. Along with that, we are also providing the live streaming details and TV guide of the match in the following article.
India vs England 3rd Test Match: Review
The third test match between India and England turned out to be an easy affair for the Indians although the visitors made a valiant attempt to make things difficult for the hosts. England lost that test match held at the PCS Stadium in Mohali by a huge margin of 246 runs. Not only that they have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the test match series. Ravindra Jadeja got the man-of-the-match award for his all-round performance both with the bat and the ball in his hand. to get a detailed analysis of the third test match between India and England, click here.
India vs England 4th Test Match: Preview
England are in a very desperate situation, and they will surely come hard against the hosts in order to force the result in the upcoming India vs England 4th test match which is due to start on December 8 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India, on the other hand, will be looking forward to stamp their authority against the visitors with yet another stellar performance. They will be looking to take the numbers beyond the reach of England, and they can ensure that by putting up yet another great show in Mumbai.
It has been reported that the pitch is not going to be a rank turner like the ones all the experts and fans of cricket across the world have been expecting. But they have been disappointed by the fact that India haven’t ordered for such dry and spinning tracks and that might just not be a surprise. In fact, it can be said that it is a wise decision from the Indian think-tank not to go for a turner because of the lack of comfort for Indian batsmen in such turning pitches. And in Mumbai also we can expect a similar sort of a pitch where the ball might start turning from the third day. The pitch curator has also been heard saying that the pitch will start turning from the third day and before that the pitch will favour both the pacers and the batsmen.
India vs England 4th Test Match: Team News
The biggest of all the news that have been going around for quite a while that the first choice wicketkeeper of the Indian cricket team will be once again be missing out on an opportunity to make a start in the India vs England fourth test match. Yes, we are talking about Wriddhiman Saha. And it is reported that he is yet to gain full fitness from the injury he has attained in his hand which has kept him away from the third test match. Hence, Parthiv Patel will continue to stand behind the stumps with the gloves. Also, the fact that he has excelled with the bat has gained the confidence of the think tank working behind the Indian cricket team.
One more thing that India will look to change is the performance of their openers. Parthiv Patel has played well but the performances of Murali Vijay have not been up to the mark of late. Although he has already scored the hundred in the first test match, yet his performances in the next two test matches have not been really great. But he will continue to feature in the first team definitely, but pressures are bound to rise as Indian cricket team is having a problem of plenty at the moment in the openers’ slot.
There is news coming in that Mohammad Shami is also a doubtful starter for the match in Mumbai as he is found to be struggling with a knee injury. So it remains to be seen whether the Indian cricket team takes the risk of playing Shami in that match. In case, he fails to make a start Ishant Sharma will be the man to get an opportunity in the first eleven. Also, the latest news has come in that Ajinkya Rahane will also be missing out for an injury and Manish Pandey has been called in to replace him. So it remains to be seen who gets the nod, whether it’s Manish Pandey or Karun Nair.
Coming to the selection of the English cricket team for the fourth and the penultimate test match, it can be said that England will find it hard to find out a playing eleven which holds the capability of beating India, especially where the Indian team is in such a winning mood. The biggest news surrounding the playing eleven of England that Haseeb Hameed who have been phenomenal in this series till now, will miss out due to an injury in his fingers. England have flown in Keaton Jennings to replace him.
India (probable line-up): Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Manish Pandey/Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Mohammad Shami/Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav
England (probable line-up): Alistair Cook (captain), Keaton Jennings, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Adil Rashid and Gareth Batty
India vs England 4th Test Match: Match Details
Date: December 8, 2016
Time: 09:30 AM IST, 04:00 AM GMT
Venue: The Wankhede, Mumbai
India vs England 4th Test Match: TV Guide and Online Streaming
TV Listings: The match will be telecasted live on Star Sports 1 & Star Sports HD1 in English and Star Sports 3 & Star Sports HD3 in Hindi in India.
Online Streaming: The live streaming of the India vs England match will be available on Hotstar.
Hope that the live streaming details and the TV Guide of the India vs England fourth test match are going to help you in keeping track of all the proceedings in the match. Also, don’t forget to tell us regarding what you think about the probable starting line-up of both teams as debates will be on regarding who will be getting a chance to play in Rahane’s place – Karun Nair or Manish Pandey. Don’t forget to let us know that.