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| On Sep 2, 2021 7:53 AM IST

IND vs ENG, 4th Test Day 1 at Kia Oval: London Weather Today, Chance of Rain on 2 September


IND vs ENG: The Test series between India and England moves towards the business end. The series is tied 1-1 after India slumped to an embarrassing defeat at Leeds by an innings and 76 runs. However, they were by far the better team in the opening two games. Had rain not intervened in the first game, the visitors would be leading the series 2-1.

London Weather Update

The conditions on the opening day will be chilly and overcast, a perfect scenario for the pacers. Brief showers are expected before the start of play. However, the chances of rain throughout the day remain less than 5%. The temperature will be a cool 16-18 degrees Celsius. Humidity will hover around 60-70%. It will be fascinating to see what the captains decide to do after winning the toss.

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IND vs ENG: 4th Test Preview

India’s batting woes are well documented, especially the form of the captain and his vice is really concerning. On the other hand, Joe Root cant stop scoring hundreds. The pitch on offer at the Oval has something for everyone. It has got pace and bounce and also turns on the 4th and 5th day. However, runs can be made if the batsmen apply themselves. Virat Kohli has mentioned they will play with more intensity than the game at Leeds.

The news from the Indian camp is that Ravindra Jadeja is doubtful for this game. Also, Ishant Sharma might be rested for Shardul Thakur. England will be buoyed by the return of Chris Woakes and a fit-again Mark Wood. Jos Buttler would miss this game, with Olli Pope likely to takes his place in the XI. Jonny Bairstow would keep the wickets.

Read: Prasidh Krishna added to India’s Squad for 4th Test

ENG Playing 11 (likely)

Rory Burns
Haseeb Hameed
Dawid Malan
Joe Root
Jonny Bairstow
Ollie Pope
Moeen Ali
Chris Woakes
Mark Wood
Ollie Robinson
James Anderson

IND Playing 11 (likely)

Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul
Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli
Ajinkya Rahane
Rishabh Pant
Ravichandran Ashwin
Shardul Thakur
Mohammed Shami
Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Siraj

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