4th TEST PREVIEW: Our cricket tipster The Edge previews Thursday’s 4th Test between INDIA v ENGLAND with a recommended BETDAQ bet.
After an epic Test series we arrive into the final Test with everything to play for. India lead the series 2-1 after storming back from losing the 1st Test so England can only play for a drawn series, but that would still be a good achievement. It’s been an unusual year with Covid19, and we have another back-to-back Test at the same venue here as we stay in the world’s biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
I have to say they’ve done an incredible job on the stadium, it looks amazing! I’m not sure the England cricket team will appreciate the pitch however! It was a spinner paradise and the 3rd Test was over in two days. England can take some hope from the fact they bowled India out for 145, but that doesn’t really matter when you’re bowled out for 112 and 81.
India will look forward to another wicket that will really suit them and they won’t have to do anything else apart from more of the same. The issue for England is clear – they simply have to play the spin better than they have done thus far. That is a lot easier said than done however, and they even managed to bat first in the 3rd Test. A lot depends on Joe Root and how he plays, but someone has to stick with him so he can build an innings too. It’s hard to see how England survive the spin and it looks like a 3-1 series win for India is incoming.
WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:
Having had the 3rd Test here, I feel we can expect more of the same. I don’t think we’ll see the Test match end in two days like that last one, but it’s very hard to see how we go the full five days here. Perhaps the only way that could happen is if India bat first and really up a score on the board – but then you’d fancy them to bowl England out twice and win with an innings to spare. It’s possible the groundsmen have been ordered to make the wicket a little better for batting, but India love spinning conditions and there’s no reason why they would want to give away their advantage here.
I’m surprised to see India as big as 1.53 after seeing the 3rd Test here. For me this Test is India’s to lose having seen the conditions in the last Test. As I said above, it’s an unusual situation having back-to-back Test matches at the same venue, but it does give you the advantage of seeing conditions and knowing what to expect. I can’t see England dealing with the spin at all, and I can’t see us having a draw given the wicket so it’s India all the way for me. It deserves a max bet at the odds.
The Edge Says:
Five points win India to beat England at 1.53 with BETDAQ Betting Exchange
View the market here -> http://bit.ly/BDQ4thIndEng
We didn’t have much time to trade the 3rd Test on BETDAQ Betting Exchange as it was over so quickly! We still had plenty of action though, with the market moving a lot when England collapsed and then back out again when India collapsed. Once again I would want to be on the bowling side here for most of the Test – it’s too dangerous being on the batting side looking at those collapses and the conditions of the wicket. The only time I would accept being on the batting side was if India batted first and made best use of conditions.
I’d be keen to take on most of the England batting line-up except for Joe Root who handled spinning conditions very well at Galle and in the 1st Test. Has he used up his good form though and is now even so slightly “out of touch?” You can’t score 200 every game! India’s bowlers will love conditions and I think we’ll see the most market movement when England bat, and likely fail to score.
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