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England vs India 3rd Test Predictions & Tips - A Rahul inspired India tipped to win

  • England vs India predictions for the 3rd Test match on Wednesday
  • The match will be played in Leeds at 11:00 BST
  • KL Rahul has been in superb form in the opening 2 Test matches
  • Can India go 2-0 up with 2 matches left to play?
  • Tips, team news, stats & preview
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KL Rahule scored 129 runs in the first innings of the 2nd Test (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 26 Aug 2021
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England vs India Predictions

India have been the better team throughout the first two Test matches. Thus far only Joe Root has stood in the way of them dominating completely. We are backing India to come up with another win and take a 2-0 series lead.

  • England’s Joe Root has scored 64, 109 & 180 runs in 3 of his last 4 Test innings’.
  • England’s Joe Root has been the top team run scorer in the last 4 Test innings’.
  • England have lost 5 of their last 8 Test matches.
  • India’s KL Rahul has scored 84 & 129 runs in the 1st innings of the 1st 2 Test matches
  • India have won 5 of their last 8 Test matches.

Head to Head

India lead England 4-1 in their last six Test matches. The 1st Test of the current series ended in a draw while India won the 2nd Test by 151 runs at the iconic Lord’s.

England Form 

England will be wondering when their fortunes will change in Test cricket. They have now lost five of their last eight matches with a solitary victory.

The hosts were fortunate to come away with a draw in the 1st Test of this series but they couldn’t escape India in the 2nd Test, despite performing a lot better.

India batted first which allowed James Anderson to take 5-62 as India posted a total of 364 runs. England relied heavily on Joe Root who scored 180 runs with Jonny Bairstow scoring 57 runs in a total of 391.

England then bowled magnificently to get India to 194-8. At that point England were huge favourites but India’s last pairing put on over 100 runs, leaving England needing 272 to win opposed to around 160.

Joe Root top scored with 33 runs but England were bowled out for a measly 120, losing the match by 151 runs.

England Injuries & Team News

England have lost another fast bowler with Mark Wood ruled out with a shoulder injury. He joins Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone and Chris Woakes on the sidelines.

India Form

India have started this series in magnificent fashion. They were brilliant in the first Test but rain saved England on that occasion. At Lord’s in the second Test there was however no rain to pull the hosts out of trouble.

On day one India were put in to bat in difficult conditions but Rohit Sharma (83) and KL Rahul (129) batted superbly to see off the new ball. India amassed a total of 364 runs.

Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the first innings bowlers, taking 4-94 as England scored 391, a 27-run lead. India found themselves in a bit of trouble but a 115-run partnership between Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah helped the visitors to a 271-run lead.

Siraj was again the pick off the bowlers in the second innings with figures of 4-33 as England were dismissed for 120 runs. India won by 151 runs.

India Injuries & Team News

Pitch conditions will determine if India make any changes. But on the batting front the return to form of KL Rahul is great news for the visitors.

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India have looked strong in the series thus far and are backed to win the 3rd Test. KL Rahul's form has been superb so we're backing him to top score for India and win the man of the match award.

As for England, Joe Root is the only batsman to show any form. He is tipped to top score for England.

Best Bet: India Win Result $2.10 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Best England 1st Innings Batsman: Joe Root Best England 1st Innings Batsman $2.30 at Neds - 1 Unit
Best India 1st Innings Batsman Tip: KL Rahul Best India 1st Innings Batsman $4.75 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: KL Rahul Man of the Match $13.00 at Betstar Australia - 1 Unit

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