India capable of leveling Test series against England at Lord’s
August 06, 2018
The result of the 2nd Test is likely to have a significant bearing on the remainder of the series, with India desperate to get back on level terms in the series at Lord’s, while England will be looking to give themselves the cushion of a 2-0 lead from which they would expect to dominate proceedings thereafter.
Elsewhere, uncapped 20 year-old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope has been called up in place of Dawid Malan, who struggled with the bat and in the field at Edgbaston.
India will need their batsmen to improve dramatically on their 1st Test performance where, captain Virat Kohli aside, they underperformed woefully. There is definitely a case for Cheteshwar Pujara, who was dropped from the 1st Test, to be recalled to the side. Jasprit Bumrah is expected to be fit for Lord’s and he could replace Umesh Yadav in the bowling attack, while Ravindra Jadeja could come in for all-rounder Hardik Pandya to strengthen the batting line-up.
As ever in Test Match cricket, winning the toss will be a potentially key factor in determining the result, although India came decidedly close to taking the initiative in the series despite England winning the toss at Edgbaston.
With Stokes missing, India will have the great opportunity to level the series and can be backed to do so at 2/1 (3.00) with bet365.*
* Odds correct at the time of writing