|England v India 2014|
ScheduleThursday, 7 August 2014 at 10:00 GMT / 11:00 UK / 15:30 IST
VenueOld Trafford, Manchester
The English bowlers well led by the speedster, James Anderson, and the emerging off spinner, Moeen Ali, ripped through the batting line up of India twice. The hosts won the third Test at The Rose Bowl by a vast margin of 266 runs and made the five match Test series alive as that stands at 1-1. The fourth game will commence on August 7, in Manchester and the winning team over there will have a fair chance of clinching the series.
The skipper of the home side, Alastair Cook, got back to the business after quite a while by smashing 95 and unbeaten 70 runs in the third Test while Gary Ballance and Ian Bell powered over 150 runs each. The debutant wicket keeper Jos Buttler made an impact by scoring 85 runs and Joe Root is already among runs. James Anderson has grabbed 16 wickets in three Tests and was declared ‘Player of the match’ in the previous one. Moeen Ali has surprised the visitors by taking 15 wickets so far and the seasoned Stuart Broad is maintaining his reputation.
Ajinkya Rahane was the best batsman of the visitors with two fifties in the last game and MS Dhoni chipped in with a half century. The opener Murali Vijay is their top scorer with 364 runs comprising one century and two fifties, Cheteshwar Pujara is not at his best yet and out of form Virat Kohli is their main worry. India will be missing their star fast bowler, Ishant Sharma, who has not recovered from Sore Leg yet. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the highest wicket taker with 15 but he is also a doubtful starter whereas Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja are required to bowl with positive results.
Thursday, August 7 – Monday August 11, 2014 @ 10:00 GMT, 11:00 local at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Chances of light drizzle during the Test with the temperatures around 13-22ᵒC.
England can put India into bat if they win the toss
The wicket will be assisting the pacers and the stroke players
England – Alastair Cook (C), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn.
India – MS Dhoni (C), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh, Varun Aaron.
Team England has got back their rhythm and they will be the most likely winners.