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IND vs ENG 4th Test, 2021: MPL Preview, Probable XI & Top Fantasy Cricket Picks

Match: India vs England (IND vs ENG 4th Test, 2021).
Date: March 4, Thursday.
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmebadad.

Head to Head in Tests

Overall: England have won 48 times in 125 head-to-head against India in Tests, with the latter winning 28 times, and the remaining 29 matches ending as a draw.
Last 5 matches: Inspite of defeats in the first and second Test in the ongoing 4-match series, England still have an upper hand over India, with 3 wins in the last five Tests.

Player Matchups

Joe Root vs R Ashwin
Runs: 346
Balls: 563
Dismissals: 4
Strike rate: 61.46

Virat Kohli vs Jack Leach
Runs: 64
Balls: 143
Dismissals: 1
Strike rate: 44.76

Indian cricket team has one last hurdle before they take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final scheduled to take place in June this year. They are currently leading the 4-match Test series by 2-1, suffering a mammoth 227 runs defeat in the opening Test in Chennai, but bouncing back with a comprehensive win of 317 runs in the second Test, and then by 10 wickets margin in the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad, that was wrapped up in a span of two days.

Meanwhile, England will aim for a victory in the forthcoming outing and foil India’s chances of making it to the World Test Championship final. The Joe Root-led side was bundled out for scores of 112 and 81 in the last Test, and while pink-ball had a role to play in the same as stated by many cricket experts, the visitors would look to improve their numbers with the willow in the finale.

Weather Forecast & Pitch Report

It’s going to be hot and hazy weather in Ahmedabad with the temperature around 37 to 38 degrees during the course of the match. As far as the wicket is concerned, it’s going to be similar to the last two matches as said by India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane in the press conference.

Spinners will play dominant roles here as well and thus, the ideal option would be to bat first and post around 260-300 runs on board in the first innings as the wicket’s wear and tear would make it a difficult surface for the batters as the match progresses.

India’s Team News & Probable XI

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has opted out of the 4th Test due to personal reasons. His absence might bring either Umesh Yadav or Mohammed Siraj in the playing XI.

X Factors

Rohit Sharma: The opener has been the biggest contributor to India’s scorecard in the last two Tests, scoring 161 runs in the second Test, and an equally enthralling 66 in the third Test, while others couldn’t get past the 30-run mark in their individual totals. Rohit is currently the leading run-getter for the hosts, with 296 runs in 3 Tests at an average of 59.20.

R Ashwin: Surprising it may sound to many, but the Tamil Nadu cricketer is third on the list of highest run-getter in this series, amassing 176 runs in 3 matches at an average of 35.20, including a ton in the second Test. With the ball, he is currently on a rampage mode, scalping 24 wickets with 2 five-wicket hauls, and averaging merely 15.70.

Probable XI

Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav / Mohammed Siraj

England’s Team News & Probable XI

The visitors would look to rope in Dom Bess as the additional spinner in their attack in place of either James Anderson or Stuart Broad.

X Factors

Jack Leach: Bowling left-arm orthodox, Leach has been the most consistent wicket-taker in the English side in the concurrent series. with 16 scalpings at an average of 26.75, with figures in each of the innings as – 2/105, 4/76, 2/78, 4/100, 4/54 and 0/15. Another spin track on the cards, he can be backed to grab impressive numbers from a fantasy perspective in IND vs ENG 4th Test MPL XI.

Joe Root: The English skipper surprised the cricket fraternity with figures of 5/8 in the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad. His spin prowess might come in handy once again in the final Test. However, it’s his batting that would be of key importance for the visiting side to help them level the series 2-2. He had scored a double ton in the first Test in Chennai, and is currently the highest run-getter in the series, with 333 runs in 6 innings at an average of 55.50.

Probable XI

Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson / Dom Bess.

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Match Prediction for IND vs ENG 4th Test

Team India is hard to beat in their home conditions, and with the quality of cricketers on their side capable of capitalizing on the wickets offered, they would go as the favorites for the final Test match of the series. The hosts have been the better side in terms of batting and bowling strengths in the last two matches, something they will look to extend in the fourth Test and grab hold of the series by 3-1.

Captain & Vice-Captain Picks for IND vs ENG 4th Test

Captain picks: R Ashwin, Joe Root
Vice-captain picks: Rohit Sharma, Jack Leach

IND vs ENG 4th Test MPL XI

R Pant, S Gill, C Pujara, R Sharma (vc), W Sundar, A Patel, R Ashwin (c), J Root, D Bess, J Archer, J Leach

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V Shashank
A cricket aficionado who has been following the game since the historic Ashes 2013-14. "People throw stones at you, you turn them into milestones." - Sachin Tendulkar


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