ENG vs IND | 2nd Test Preview
The first Test between England and India ended in a draw due to a complete washout on Day 5 in Nottingham. The action now shifts to the iconic Lord's cricket ground in London for the second Test of the five-match Test series between India and England. Both the teams will be eyeing to plug in a few loopholes ahead of the 2nd Test. Many believe that England was lucky to escape with a draw in the opening Test while India had a real chance on Day 5 to go 1-0 in the five-match series.
However, the Virat Kohli-led side will be upbeat after their show at Trent Bridge and will aim to continue the momentum at the Lord's. On the other hand, the home team, which showed great fightback on the back of their skipper Joe Root's match-saving century in the second innings, will have to rejig their struggling batting order. With much at stake, it sets up for a much-anticipated Test match at Lord's.
Here’s a detailed look at the ENG vs IND 2nd Test Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks for 2nd Test at Lord's:
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The nature of the pitch always tends to play a huge role in deciding the fate of a Test match. The surface at Lord's cricket ground generally aids the bowlers with seam and swing. Seam bowlers are always in the game with their nagging lines which keeps the batsmen on their toes. On Day 4 & 5, with enough rough patches, spinners also come into the game. To sum up, it is a bat-first pitch while enough assistance for bowlers to keep themselves in the contest.
Lord's Weather Report for ENG vs IND 2nd Test
The weather for the second ENG vs IND Test at Lord's is perfect for five days of Test cricket. As per the BBC weather forecast, there are nearly no chances of rain for the majority of the Test match. A little afternoon rain is predicted for the fifth day but it shouldn't be a concerning sign for either team. After rain played the spoilsport in the 1st Test, Lord's will serve complete cricket action during the ENG vs IND 2nd Test.
There are no injury concerns for either side going into the second Test at Lord's. The home team might ponder over the make-up of their top-order comprising of Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, and Zak Crawley. Haseeb Hameed, a potential opener waiting in the ranks might find a place in the England starting XI for the Lord's Test. The hosts could also include Jack Leach as the only frontline spin option in place of Sam Curran for the 2nd Test.
The Indian team had a dream start to the tour after they managed to expose the worries in the English line-up. While the pedigree in the middle-order failed to make any impact, the likes of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah will be riding high on confidence. Mayank Agarwal who was slated to open ahead of Rahul now might have to wait for his opportunity after missing the 1st Test due to a concussion. There could be a case for the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin if the surface has anything to offer to the spinners on Day 4 & 5.
Probable Playing XIs
England XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler (Wk), Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson
India XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rishabh Pant (Wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj/Ishant Sharma
Top Fantasy Picks for ENG vs IND 2nd Test Match
Skipper Joe Root probably played one of his better Test innings to save England from facing another humiliating defeat at home. He was indeed head and shoulders above the rest of the batters in his side.
The Yorkshire player ended with a fifty and a century to be rightly named as the Player of the Match in the drawn Test. He'll be yet again one of the top fantasy picks in the ENG vs IND 2nd Test Dream11 Team Prediction.
The 39-year old was yet again successful in putting up a masterclass of swing bowling in India's first innings, With four scalps in the match, Anderson went past Anil Kumble's tally of 619 wickets to acquire the third place in the list of leading wicket-takers in the Test cricket.
The veteran was the leader of the attack alongside Ollie Robinson and made timely inroads in ensuring that the visitors don't take an unassailable advantage in the game. Even in the 2nd Test, Anderson will be one of the first picks in the Dream11 Fantasy Team for the ENG vs IND 2nd Test at Lord's.
The Indian speedster managed to erase all the memories of a disappointing outing in the WTC final against New Zealand. Jasprit Bumrah returned with a 9-for in the Test match to emerge as India's one of the best performers at Trent Bridge. He picked wickets at crucial intervals and even contributed some valuable runs with the bat in the lower-order.
Even in the Lord's Test, all eyes will be on Bumrah to guide India into a winning position. Bumrah will definitely be a favored choice in the Dream11 Team for the ENG vs IND 2nd Test. He could also be a great option as the vice-captain.
The Indian opener KL Rahul looked comfortable player on the show as he played against the moving ball with absolute assertion. His score of 84 in the first innings propelled India to a 95-run lead over hosts. Playing the likes of Anderson and Broad, Rahul's inning was filled with patience, grit, great technique, and some classy shots.
Dream11 Team Prediction for ENG vs IND 2021
Playing XI No.1 for 2nd Test:
Wicket-Keeper: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root, KL Rahul (C)
All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran
Bowlers: Mohammad Shami, James Anderson (VC), Ollie Robinson, Jasprit Bumrah
Playing XI No.2 for 2nd Test:
Wicket-Keeper: Rishabh Pant (C), Jos Buttler
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Joe Root, Rory Burns
All-Rounders: Sam Curran
Bowlers: Mohammad Shami, James Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Shardul Thakur
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the ENG vs IND 2nd Test Match?
The second Test between England and India will definitely see one of the teams take lead in the series. Both teams have their own concerns ahead of the Test match. While England faces a top-order struggle, India's middle-order hasn't fired for some time now in Test cricket. However, with momentum on India's side, they will start as favorites and are likely to win the 2nd ENG vs IND Lord's Test.