Aakash Chopra feels that England are firm favourite to win the ongoing second Test match against India. India were at 181/6 at the end of the fourth day’s play, leading by 154 runs.
“You can kill me for that, I am saying England to win. I feel England will win this encounter because the pitch has become slower but not deteriorated. An odd ball is staying low or climbing, it is not a variable bounce that might disturb you and it is not going to turn that much,” said Chopra while speaking in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
“India will be all out in the first 20 overs. If we are all out inside twenty overs, what is the kind of score that you are looking at? 190 I think is where India will reach.
If they go beyond that, the story will be different. India’s chances of defending will increase significantly if it is a score over 200. But I think it might not be possible to reach there with the second new ball and the long tail that we have,” he added.
India batting coach Vikram Rathour wants the remaining batsmen to take the lead to the 200-run mark.
“You are right, this will be a typical fifth-day wicket of a Test match, where the ball will go up and down and is also turning, like we saw. So, again like I said earlier, if we can take the target near 200 runs, then it won’t be easy for England,” he said at the virtual post-day press conference after the fourth day’s play.