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England vs India 4th Test Betting Tips 02/09/2021

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England

In the 1st innings of the third Test, England did to India what they had themselves suffered in the final innings of the previous Test: a meltdown.

The hosts lost the second Test on the back of a disastrous batting display in their second innings when they folded for just 120 while chasing 272. Eager to settle scores – quite literally – the James Anderson-led pace unit wasted little time, bundling out their guests for just 78 – a foundation over which their series-levelling victory was based.

Their quest to go 2-1 up will be without Jos Buttler, who misses out in order to tend to a private matter. In his absence, Jonny Bairstow will keep wickets.

England have recalled Chris Woakes, who has managed to shake off a heel injury. However, Mark Woods has a problem with his shoulder and could be out of contention.

India

Virat Kohli was insistent in the aftermath of third Test humiliation that his side was not demoralized, even if it was hurt by the manner of their defeat.

Truth be told, such was the manner of the team’s historic collapse on Day 1 that it would be hard to erase its memories easily. That said, in series this long between teams this strong, forms and momentums do not necessarily carry from one match to another.

Some changes, however, will have to be made – either by choice or by necessity. Word is that Ravindra Jadeja has a knee injury, and if he is injured enough to be benched, then Hanuma Vihari is the most obvious choice to be drafted in.

Vihari might get a look in even if Jadeja is fit because Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant are struggling for runs anyway. Mayank Agarwal or Prithvi Shaw are also options if Kohli opts to shuffle the batting order and move KL Rahul in the middle.

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England are the favourites for the penultimate Test. 22Bet has England priced at 2.248, India at 2.675 and a Draw at 4.26. Bet365 has England available for 2.25, India for 2.62 and a Draw at 4.33. Lastly, MelBet has England priced at 2.232, India at 2.66 and a Draw at 4.24.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: England to win @ 2.25

England have the most in-form batsman in Test cricket right now. Joe Root has been a run machine lately and when you have such an option on your books, it is tough to bet against your side. Add to it the fact that England have been done a favour by the absence of the ineffective Buttler, whose best score in five outings of the first three Tests was a mere 25. Whoever comes in would be an improvement. India have the character to bounce back but we doubt that they’d be able to do that with a wobbly batting unit whose talismanic spearhead is currently going through a rough patch. The play her is to back England for win at odds of 2.24 with Bet365.

Tip: Virat Kohli Will Score (50) Runs – Yes @ 1.668

Generational talent Virat Kohli has one half century in seven outings of his last four Tests. That’s unheard of for a player of his caliber. What’s also unheard of is for Kohli to not bounce back and silence his critics when under the cosh. We expect Kohli to find runs in the fourth Test – maybe even more than just a half century we tip him here for. The play can be found on 22Bet.

India vs England betting tips

Conclusion

Recent evidence and momentum favour the English but the Indians are not known to go down with a fight. Expect a fierce battle and quality cricket, but the hosts are more likely to come out on top.

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