The 5th Investec Test between England and India begins today at The Kia Oval in London. This will be the final Test of the Investec Test Series which is led 2-1 by England.
The pressure is very much on India, in particular its batsmen to prove that they can handle the likes of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. The batting for India has deteriorated significantly as the Test series has progressed. Virat Kohli, considered to be India’s best batsman has come a cropper. Kohli has been a big bunny for James Anderson as he repeatedly nicked off the outswingers.
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India’s new wall at no.3 Cheteshwar Pujara has got starts but somehow hasn’t gone on to score the big ones. Opener Murali Vijay got off to a fabulous start in the first two Tests seemed to have lost his way while there is a big question mark on his opening partner whether it has been Shikhar Dhawan in the three Tests and now the veteran Gautam Gambhir.
So far, the only batsman who has looked determined to give it a fight has been Ajinkya Rahane. This diminutive right hander has turned out to be India’s best batsman out of nowhere. Rahane is credited with the Lord’s victory which was set up nicely by his brilliant century on a green top.
This India vs England 2014 – 5th Test at The Kia Oval in London will be shown live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3 channels in India. On Star Sports 1, the live coverage will be in English while on Star Sports 3, the commentary will be in Hindi.
There are a couple of question marks on the availability of Skipper MS Dhoni as he skipped practice ahead of today’s 5th Investec Test. Most probably MS Dhoni will play in this final Test match at The Kia Oval. What will happen to his Test captaincy after this series will remain to be seen. Meanwhile Ishant Sharma has been declared fit to play at The Oval. Unlucky Pankaj Singh is likely to make way for him. India could also look at dropping Ravindra Jadeja who has been a disaster with both the bat and the ball. Check the India vs England 2014 Schedule at this link here.
The English camp on the other hand looks good to win the series. A draw in this final Test will ensure their victory. Considering the way the Indian batsmen have chickened out early, England will be looking to win the series 3-1. Stuart Broad who will undergo a knee surgery after this series has been declared fit to play in the 5th Investec Test. Broad had a nasty nose injury at Old Trafford when he went for a pull shot against India’s fastest ever bowler Varun Aaron. England could possibly bring in Steven Finn in the playing XI perhaps in the place of the wayward Chris Jordan.