It’s been a wait of 14 long years. But after the win at the Oval, India have given themselves more than just a chance to end it at Manchester, which is going to host the culmination of what has been a riveting series of test match cricket. Hey, guys!
2-1: it’s not just a score line. It’s a mental edge over an opponent which seemed invincible at home the last time India toured. But things have changed in the last few years, especially with the emergence of a bowling lineup that has left the world in its awe. What to expect? Well, a thrilling final for sure.
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England’s pride has been wounded. They were defeated at Lord’s. But the loss at the Oval was a morale crushing one, and so they would be itching to correct their mistakes. They know they can’t win the series now, but they won’t let India have it easy for sure. Expect them to give it their all.
And India must be aware of this. They saw how England bounced back from the loss at Lord’s, and they won’t be willing to take any chances. As far as the team goes, England have released Sam Billings from the squad, and they’ve gotten Jos Buttler back. They’ve also added an off-spinner in the form of Jack Leach.
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With Moeen Ali already present there, it will be interesting to see what combination they fill. India may be tempted to feel the same 11 that won the Oval test, but conditions at Manchester may warrant a few changes. Will they shuffle the bowling department a bit? Will they bring in Ravi Ashwin in the final test match? We will wait and watch. Battles to watch out for: Rohit Sharma versus Ollie Robinson.
Rohit finally scored 100 in the Oval and turned the game in India’s favor. He would want to continue that form in Manchester as well. Robinson, on the other hand, is the most successful bowler of the series, with 21 wickets in his four games.
He got Rohit in the second innings at the Oval and would want to repeat the success against India’s highest run-getter in the series. What about Woakes versus Pujara? Woakes was England’s best bowler at the Oval, particularly in the first innings.
If he manages to replicate that performance once again, he will be a headache for Team India. The new Pujara that we’ve seen in the second half of this series loves to dominate the bowlers without caring much about their reputation. This is going to be an interesting battle. And finally what about Virat Kohli versus Moeen Ali? Moeen has gotten the better of Virat Kohli on a few occasions in recent times.
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He did so at the Oval as well. One thing’s for sure: there’s a lot more than what meets the eye with the off-spin of Moeen Ali. Virat Kohli has gotten his starts, and one would assume that the big one is just around the corner. A battle between these two RCB mates could very well be the turning point.
In RCB Watch Segment it is going to be Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj once again. Virat Kholi will be the one to watch all four. The skipper in the last three innings, he has given indications of getting to a big one. Let’s just hope that he’s saving the best for the last.
And as far as Mohammed Siraj is concerned, he just managed the one wicket at the Oval, but as always he bowled with a lot of heart. Siraj would want to see some numbers in that wickets column for sure. India have done all the hard work to be where they are today. It’s also the last game before the IPL kicks off.
The players would want to leave for the UAE with some pleasant memories. Let’s just hope that Manchester gives them the glory they deserve.