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India vs England 1st Test Predictions & Tips - Kohli backed to score big for India

  • India vs England predictions for the 1st Test Match
  • The match will be played in Chennai
  • India have avoided defeat in 34 of their last 35 Test matches at home
  • I am backing Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill to score runs in the 1st Test
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Virat Kohli averages almost 70 runs per innings in Test cricket in India (Getty images)
Ralph Staniforth 07 Feb 2021
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India vs England Predictions

No side is more dominant than India in home conditions. They have won their last eight Tests’ at home and have only lost once in their last 35 matches at home. The best bet is for Virat Kohli to score 50+ runs in India’s first innings.

  • India’s Shubman Gill has scored 50+ in 3 of his last 4 Test innings.
  • India’s Virat Kohli averages 65.42 in Test cricket in India.
  • India’s Virat Kohli has scored 100+ runs in the 1st innings in 5 of his last 9 Test matches at home.
  • India have won their last eight Test matches at home.
  • England’s Joe Root has scored 186 & 228 runs in his last 2 Test matches.
  • England have lost their last 3 Test matches in India.

Head to Head

England have won four of their last five Test matches against India. Their last match took place in September 2018 where England won by 118 runs.

India Form

India come into this series against England fresh off the most unlikely Test series win in Australia. Against all odds India managed to win that four-match series 2-1.

In the final Test, Australia batted first in Brisbane, scoring 369 runs. India responded with 336 runs thanks to Shardul Thakur’s 67 runs.

The second innings saw Australia bowled out for 294 runs which left India needing an unlikely 328 runs for victory. They were more likely to bat out the day for a draw but Shubman Gill (91), Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and Rishabh Pant (89) saw India home late on day five to win by three wickets. 

India Injuries & Team News

India suffered a horrible injury streak in Australia but won the series with perhaps their third choice bowling line-up.

Captain, Virat Kohli will return to the side after the birth of his child. Others who return from injury is Ravi Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.

Ravidra Jadeja will not feature due to injury. There are expected to be up to eight changes to the Indian side that won the 4th Test in Australia.

England Form

England come into this series against India having beaten Sri Lanka 2-0 away just over a week ago. It was two impressive performances by England as they got used to sub-continent conditions.

England’s last visit to India did not go according to plan as they suffered a 3-0 drubbing in a four-match series. India is probably the hardest place to tour for Test cricket in the world so England will have their work cut out.

In the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka, England bowled the hosts out for 381 runs. The visitors then responded with 344 runs as Joe Root (186) scored his second successive century.

From there the England spinners took control with Jack Leach and Dom Bess taking four wickets each. Sri Lanka were dismissed for 126 runs, leaving England a chase of 163 runs.

Dom Sibley top scored with 56 runs with Jos Buttler adding 46 runs down the order. England went on to win by six wickets.

England Injuries & Team News

The good news for England is that Ben Stokes has returned to the squad after sitting out the Sri Lanka tour. He is almost certain to start in place of the impressive youngster, Dan Lawrence.

On the bowling front, Jack Leach and Dom Bess should continue with conditions expected to be suitable to spin bowlers. England do however have the option of Moeen Ali who can also offer more batting depth.

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India will be weary of England but the hosts have an incredible home record. As does Virat Kohli who is backed to score 50+ and 100+ runs in the first innings. Shubman Gill is tipped to keep his fine form up with 50+ runs in the first innings.

For England, Joe Root is backed to be the top first innings run scorer after scoring two successive centuries.

Best Bet: Kohli 50+ Runs To Score 50+ Runs in 1st Innings @100.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Gill 50+ Runs To Score 50+ Runs in 1st Innings @190.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Best England 1st Innings Batsman Tip: Joe Root Best England 1st Innings Batsman @200.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
To Score 100+ Runs in 1st Innings Tip: Virat Kohli To Score 100+ Runs in 1st Innings @333.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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