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The trend continued in the third T20 in that the side what won the toss and chose to bowl first went on to win the match, and at this ground, in this format, that is always going to be a huge advantage.
India have been chopping and changing their side in an attempt to find their best playing eleven for the T20 World Cup this summer, while England look a much more settled team at the moment.
Virat Kohli continued his good form with an unbeaten 77 last time out, though Jos Buttler ensured that the Indian captain’s innings was in vain with an unbeaten 83 to send the visitors 2-1 up in the five-match series.
It’s unclear which direction India will go in this test, but it’s likely they may opt to stick with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to open, neither of whom have come to fruition in this series yet, so you could argue they’re due a high score.
Virat Kohli could be wasted coming in at four, though Ishan Kishan will likely be given another chance to shine at three, so we’d expect a similar line up from both sides.
England To Beat India
As mentioned, the odds will swing massively in the favour of whoever wins the toss, and in truth we’d fully get behind whichever team does for this game.
The reason for that being is that, although the pitch is getting softer and is tailored to the spinners more, the dew that begins to set in as the match wears on plays massively into the hands of the batsman, and therefore whoever bats last has a massive advantage.
On that basis it would make England the value bet to go on and take an unassailable 3-1 series lead as underdogs, as they’ve also proved they have the firepower to take it to this Indian side, though we’d recommend waiting for the toss.