England vs West Indies, 2nd TEST Match Prediction2020-07-17
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England
Host England aim to level the series at Manchester
Expect England to level the three-match series at Manchester!
T&Cs apply, 18+
Host England will be looking to make a strong comeback when they take on West Indies in the second game of the Test series at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on Thursday.
The home side will feel that they did not quite play to their potential and will be keen to put on a strong show at Manchester. Joe Root is available for selection for the second Test and will lead the side for this game.
On the other hand, West Indies captain Jason Holder will be thrilled with his side’s splendid performance at Ageas Bowl. With this result, the side has gone 1-0 up in the three-match Test series. The visitors will need to guard against complacency and maintain their standards in this game.
*Our match preview predictions are fully researched and provided in good faith but no profits are guaranteed. Please gamble responsibly, you should only ever gamble with money you can afford to lose.
The home side will make two changes to their playing XI for the second game at Manchester. Pacer Stuart Broad will replace Mark Wood, who took only two wickets in the first Test. Joe Denly will be dropped as Joe Root will be slotted into no.3 spot for this game.
Despite being bundled for 204 runs in their first innings, All-rounder Ben Stokes fought hard in tricky conditions and scored 43 runs off 97 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
In their second outing with the bat, openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley looked good at the crease and put on a 72-run partnership. Rory Burns played well and scored 42 runs off 104 balls, whereas Dominic Sibley scored a crucial half-century with five fours to his name.
Rookie middle-order Zak Crawley was the star performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 79 runs off 127 balls with the help of eight fours. With his gritty innings for England, Crawley will retain his place in the lineup for the remaining two Test matches.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the experienced duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson to make early inroads with the ball. Jofra Archer and Dominic Bess will be other premier bowling options for this game.
Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Ben Stokes, Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, CR Woakes
Jason Holder showed exemplary leadership to see West Indies notch up a famous win at Southampton. The side will be hoping that players like Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks and John Campbell can deliver runs in this Test.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite found form with the bat in the first innings for West Indies. He played exceedingly and notched up a much-needed half-century. He scored 65 runs off 125 balls with the help of six fours. Besides Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks looked in decent touch with the bat and scored 39 runs off 71 balls with the help of six boundaries.
Roston Chase also showed a lot of fight and determination and put on an 81-run partnership with wicket-keeper batsman Shane Dowrich. He scored 47 runs off 142 balls with the help of six boundaries.
Shane Dowrich stood tall with the bat in the first innings and did well to notch up first half-century in England. He played well and scored 61 runs off 115 balls with the help of six boundaries.
Chasing 200 runs for victory, opener Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope and Shamarh Brooks perished for low scores to see West Indies reduced to 27 for 3. Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood came together and put on a match-defining partnership of 73 runs.
Roston Chase once again fell 12 runs short of scoring a half-century. He smashed one boundary in his innings.
In the second innings, Jermaine Blackwood proved to be star of the show with the bat. He stitched crucial partnerships with Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich to take West Indies close to the target.
Blackwood finished the innings with the top-score of 95 runs off 154 balls with the help of 12 boundaries. He was well supported by Captain Jason Holder, who chipped in with unbeaten 14 runs to help West Indies register a close win at The Ageas Bowl.
Kemar Roach, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Alzarri Joseph
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||4.73 k/h||From: WNW||95%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||4.51 k/h||From: WNW||98%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||4.74 k/h||From: WNW||83%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||5.47 k/h||From: NW||65%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||4.96 k/h||From: NW||77%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||5.19 k/h||From: WNW||68%|
|18h||19||0 mm.||3.99 k/h||From: WNW||77%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||1.67 k/h||From: WNW||40%|
The pitch prepared will be good for batting. The bowlers will get some movement with the new-ball. It might help the spinners on the final two days of the Test match.
The weather forecast for Thursday’s game is mostly cloudy. Rain is expected to take place on the third day of the Test match.
Old Trafford Cricket in Manchester is going to host the second Test between England and West Indies. England will take heart from the fact that they have won their three Test matches against England at this venue.
With fair weather expected for Thursday, the side that wins the toss, would be keen to bat first and post 300 plus runs in their first innings.
Given England proud record at Manchester, the home side will be expected to win the second Test against West Indies. The return of premier batsman Joe Root will bolster the batting resources for England. Veteran pacer James Anderson will be looking to put on a strong show with the ball at his home ground.
Expect England to level the three-match series at Manchester!
MSK Prasad is the only person who could get replaced as Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Devang Gandhi are set to continue in their roles for another year until their term ends in 2020. Here are fi... Read more
India is set to begin the World Cup on the 5th of June of against South Africa. Read CricBettingBuzz team preview for India and our cricket betting tips and predictions for India games in this year's... Read more
New Zealand had an amazing start of the Cricket World Cup on the 1st of June winning against Sri Lanka by 10 wickets. Read CricBettingBuzz team preview for New Zealand and our cricket betting tips and... Read more