India take on England in the fourth Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday (8 December).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 4am GMT. Live coverage of the game in the UK is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

The Indian cricket team have played some good cricket during the summer and they continue their dominance in home conditions, thrashing England by eight wickets in the third Test Mohali to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Indian squad are contributing as a whole and are not dependent on one or two players. R Ashwin and skipper Virat Kohli are the main go-to guys, but as the third Test showed, a number of other players are showing their skills, with Cheteshwar Pujara, Jayant Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel and Ravindra Jadeja making crucial contribution.

The team management have been delighted to see Patel score 42 and 67* in his comeback innings while coach Anil Kumble expressed his pleasure at seeing Jadeja put in a performance that helped him pick the player of the match award.

A number of players in the Indian team are competing to get into the eleven. Opener KL Rahul is fit which means that he will slot back in with Patel moving to the middle order in place of Karun Nair while there are concerns over Mohammed Shami's workload, which might see the pacer being replaced by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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Ravindra Jadeja picked up the player of the match award against England in the third Test at Mohaligetty

England, who have come to India with arguably their strongest squad yet, face a tough test as they look to win the game and try and stay alive in the series. The problem that the Three Lions have faced is that none of their players, barring wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow have been consistent enough which has hurt them in the long run.

While their batting has remained inconsistent, their bowlers and in particular, the spinners have been disappointing at the recently concluded game in Mohali where it was only Adil Rashid who looked threatening. Moeen Ali who is their first choice spinner has remained wildly inconsistent while Gareth Batty has had a poor game.

Skipper Alastair Cook will be worried as his spin bowlers have not looked good enough. The irony being that the pacers have performed vastly better than the spinners on surfaces that aid turn and bounce.

The absence of Haseeb Hameed due to injury will be a big blow for the team with Keaton Jennings set to be given a debut, becoming yet another player to tackle the opening position which has been a problem for England.

The team management have called up uncapped spinner Liam Dawson in place of the injured Zafar Ansari and they might be tempted to give him a chance and drop the ineffective Batty for the Mumbai Test. Key pacer Stuart Broad is in race to become recover in time and in all probability will not be 100% fit.

Prediction

India to win

Betting Odds (ladbrokes)

• India to win: 1/2
• Draw: 9/2
• England to win: 7/2

Team news

India

Possible XI: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav.

England

Possible XI: Alastair Cook ( c), Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Johnny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Gareth Batty, James Anderson.