This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the 2nd Test between England and India that is scheduled to start on the 12th of August 2021.
After the rain-affected first Test match, India and England will lock horns for the second Test match of the series which will be played at Lord’s on Thursday. Both teams will be eyeing to put on outstanding performances and work on their weaknesses before the second Test.
The Indian team will be high on confidence after the comprehensive performance in the Trent Bridge Test. Their pace bowler performed quite well as Jasprit Bumrah picked nine wickets in the first Test match. Shardul Thakur and Mohammad Shami also picked four wickets each. In the batting department, KL Rahul had a brilliant comeback match as the opener scored 84 and 26 against England’s bowling attack.
On the other hand, England will be happy with the result of the first Test match as they were in trouble during the fourth inning. The skipper, Joe Root scored his 21st Test century and also became the highest run-scorer for England across the formats. In the bowling department, James Anderson picked 4 wickets by conceding 54 runs. Ollie Robinson also picked his maiden fifer as the pacer achieved his best bowling figure of 5/85.
Pitch and Weather: The pitch of Lord’s Cricket Ground assists pacers with seam and swing. The pacers will always be in the game in this historic ground of London. It will be tough to score runs with the new ball but batsmen can get success after getting set in the middle. There will be some help for the spin bowlers during the last two days. However, batting first will be the choice of toss-winning captain in this match.
Unlike at Trent Bridge, the weather of Lord’s will be clear throughout the Test match. There are some chances of rain on the last day but it will not affect the match.
Date & Time: Aug 12, 11 AM Local, 3.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XIs
England’s batting order didn’t perform well in both the innings of the first Test match. Dom Sibley scored 28 runs and made a good partnership with Joe Root. Rory Burns failed to convert his start into big runs in the first inning. Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler also got out early in both innings. England can include Haseeb Hameed in the playing XI in the second Test match. Bowling Department is likely to remain the same as the spinner, Jack Leach will have to wait for more for the final XI. However, England is likely to remain unchanged in this match.
India is likely to play the same XI which played in the first Test. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will open the innings. Rohit Sharma failed to convert his start in the first Test but the opener will aim to score big in this match. Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane, all three players are having an average of near 30 this year so they will have a big challenge to face in the middle order. The bowling department picked twenty wickets in the first Test so they will be unchanged.
Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler (Wk), Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rishabh Pant (Wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj
England has an advantage and dominating record at this venue but India played quite well in all departments during the first Test match. As the momentum is with the Indian team, they will start as favorites in this match.
Batsmen: Joe Root scored fifty and century in the two innings of the first Test match. Dom Sibley looked in good rhythm in the second inning as the opener faced more than a hundred balls and scored 28 runs. KL Rahul scored 110 runs in the first Test match so he will be the must pick. Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be an obvious choice from the batting section.
Wicket-Keeper: Rishabh Pant scored 25 runs and also picked some brilliant catches behind the wickets. He can be picked from the wicket-keeping section in your fantasy team.
All-Rounders: Sam Curran scored 27 and 32 runs with the bat in the first Test match. The pace all-rounder will also take some wickets by looking at the venue record in this match. Ravindra Jadeja scored fifty in the first inning and he will have a big role to play in the last two day’s game at lord’s.
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah picked 9 wickets in the first Test match including a fifer in the second inning. Mohammad Shami also picked four wickets. Ollie Robinson picked his first fifer and he will also provide points with the bat. James Anderson picked four wickets in the first inning.
Fantasy Team: KL Rahul(VC), Dom Sibley, Joe Root(C), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Captain – Joe Root
The English skipper Joe Root scored 64 and 109 runs in the two innings of the first Test match. By looking at his good form and consistency, he will be the best pick to captain in this match.
Vice-Captain – KL Rahul
KL Rahul had a terrific comeback match as the opener scored 86 and 24 in the two innings respectively. He can be picked as vice-captain in the fantasy team.
A Cricket Writer