If the last cricket match is anything to go by, the 3rd encounter in the England v India 2021 T-Series promises to be another crackerjack. The visitors sealed a historic win at Lord’s by scuttling the home-side on the final day after a tempestuous contest with words and short-pitched deliveries being exchanged by both sides.
The action moves to Leeds where England’s cricket team has a somewhat mixed record, although they have done well here in the recent past. India has not played a Test match at this venue in nearly two decades. Our prediction is that this will be a decent batting-surface with some aid for the fast-bowlers, although spinners have failed to make much of an impact in the last few years.
England’s 3rd Test Series Odds
England’s cricket team has plenty of soul-searching to do after losing the game despite being ahead up until the close of play on the 4th day. The batting-card collapsed dramatically in all too familiar fashion while Joe Root is under question for his captaincy despite his brilliant form with the bat.
Wicket keeper Ollie Pope should come in to bolster their middle-order with Haseed Hameed taking a more familiar spot at the top of the batting-card alongside Rory Burns. Sam Curran has had a forgettable T-Series with both bat and ball so he may be asked to vacate his spot in favour of fellow all-rounder Craig Overton. Stuart Broad remains unavailable therefore Saqib Mahmood might get his Test debut if the injury-prone Mark Wood is deemed unfit.
India’s 3rd Test Series Odds
Meanwhile, India will definitely have their tails up after coming out on top in such a gritty cricket match. They could name an unchanged side in spite of lingering question-marks regarding its middle-order. The bowlers delivered an exceptional performance so they may persist with the same combination.
The openers Rohit Sharma and cricket legend KL Rahul have provided a solid base for the team but Virat Kohli is still searching for his best form. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane came perilously close to losing their places but the stubborn century-run stand in daunting circumstances showed the value of their vast experience for the team. The fast-bowlers were the match-winners for the visitors at Lord’s so our prediction is that they should keep it intact for the next game.
BetGold’s Cricket Betting Tips
- Joe Root is in impeccable knick, scoring two hundreds and a fifty in the two Test matches.
Rohit Sharma is in superb knick even though he has not scored as many as his opening-partner KL Rahul. Rohit may finally notch his maiden overseas Test century after getting really close in the last cricket match.
With their middle-order trio misfiring Ravi Jadeja is the 3rd highest run-getter for India and the all-rounder might add useful runs with the tail-enders as he often does.
Ollie Robinson has made an impressive start to his T-Series career with 16 wickets from 3 cricket matches. Headingley could offer extra bounce and carry which should be helpful for the tall fast-bowler.
3rd T-Series Betting Odds
- England: 2.62
- Draw: 3.80
- India: 2.30
BetGold’s Best Betting Prediction
India’s pace-battery is firing on all cylinders while the long English batting line-up is rattled and shaken. The home-side will make it a tough battle but the visitors may edge them once again to take an unassailable 0-2 lead.
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