The 1st Test is scheduled for an 11 pm BST (3.30 pm IST, 6 am ET) start with live coverage on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD1 in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online in India here. Catch the action in the UK on Sky Sports 2, with the option to live stream here. Viewers in the US can watch the game on ESPN 3 with the option to catch the action live online here.
MS Dhoni and the Indian team will have had a sleepless night after a dismal batting performance especially after the brilliance shown at Lord’s in the 2nd Test Match. India has lost a total of 8 wickets at the end of day’s play on Day 3 and are still 47 runs behind the 370 run mark; failing to do so will result in a follow-on which is very humiliating for any team.
The main reason that a follow on will not be enforced is that England will not like to be the team chasing a target on the final day’s pitch according to Sunil Gavaskar. The final days of the Test Match help the spinners which will restrict England’s scoring to under 200 which is not favourable for the match to have a positive result for the hosts.
Spinners like Ravindra Jadeja along with the likes of Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, will trouble the England batting order and scoring will not be an easy task on Day 5.
India will have to be wary of part time spinner Moeen Ali who seems to be quite the spinner with his control over the ball as he bowled a good spell especially to the unsuspecting Indian batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma who could have stayed on for a longer haul in the innings.