|England v India 2014|
ScheduleSunday, 27 July 2014 at 10:00 GMT / 11:00 UK / 15:30 IST
VenueThe Rose Bowl, Southampton
A sensational bowling spell from the Indian speedsters bend down England in the second Test by a margin of 95 runs. The young gun of the visitors, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, grabbed six wickets in the first innings of the hosts followed by a match winning spell of 7-74 by Ishant Sharma. India is leading the five match series at 1-0 and will be anticipating another win in the coming game whereas the Englishmen will go all out to square it.
Joe Root along with Gary Ballance are the most successful batsman of England with one hundred and a fifty each in the last two games. Sam Robson and Liam Plunkett have scored fifties but their captain, Alastair Cook, should leave them from the front if they want to come back in the series. The selectors have decided to strengthen their batting by including Jos Buttler in place of Matt Prior. James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes are the front line pacers for the home side.
Murali Vijay is in top form and rules the series with 317 runs comprising one century and two halves. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is becoming a fine all-rounder and has powered 203 runs for the tourists that includes three dashing fifties. Ajinkya Rahane smashed a ton in the second Test, MS Dhoni is among runs but the wonder boy, Virat Kohli, needs to shine. Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami are their match winning bowlers and they might include another quickie in the coming game.
Sunday, July 27 – Thursday July 31, 2014 @ 10:00 GMT, 11:00 local at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
The game will be disturbed regularly by rain with the temperatures around 14-26ᵒC.
The winning captain will opt to bat without hesitation
It will be turning and bouncy track which will assist the fast bowlers.
England – Alastair Cook (C), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson, Chris Woakes.
India – MS Dhoni (C), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron.
Team India has become a more balanced side and can enhance the lead to 2-0 if weather permits sufficient play.