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Kaif Makes A Bold Prediction As India Defeat England, Warns NZ To Be Ready At Lord's

Kaif called on New Zealand to be ready, predicting that India would win the ongoing series and meet Williamson & Co. at Lord's for the World Test Championship. 

Mohammad Kaif

Taking a sly dig at England after their defeat at the Chepauk in the second Test, former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif made a bold prediction on Tuesday. Amidst the noise over the spin-friendly pitch at the Chepauk, Kaif tweeted 'better team wins Test,' shunning the comments suggesting that England lost the game due to the pitch. Moreover, Kaif called on New Zealand to be ready, predicting that India would win the ongoing series and meet Williamson & Co. at Lord's for the World Test Championship. 

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With India's victory at the Chepauk in the second Test, the men in Blue have now jumped to the second position on the World Test Championship table. While New Zealand have sealed their spot in the finale, the race for the second position is still on with India, Australia and England still in the fray. England holds the fourth position just behind Australia on the table. Echoing Kaif's views, Irfan Pathan also remarked confidently that India will win the ongoing series against England.

The Men in Blue can still seal the finale berth if they manage to win the 4-match Test series either by defeating England with a result of 2-1 or 3-1. On the other hand, England can beat Kohli & Co. to the finale spot by winning the Test series with either 3-0, 3-1 or 4-0 result. For Australia to travel to Lord's, the India-England series will have to land in England's favour with either of the following results: 1-0, 2-0, 2-1. Australia can also find themselves locking horns with New Zealand, if the England-India Test series ends in a 1-1 or 2-2 draw. 

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Ashwin, Rohit help India level series

After losing the first Test in Chennai, India made a strong comeback at Chepauk as they defeated England by 327 runs on Tuesday with a day to spare. Rohit Sharma set the tone for India's victory as the swashbuckling opener smashed 161 runs in the first innings itself helping the hosts take a massive lead. It was then local lad Ravichandran Ashwin who wreaked carnage as he skittled the Englishmen with a five-fer and then came back to smash a gritty century.  Ashwin returned to haunt England on Day 4, having tormented them with both bat and ball on the previous day and removed Ben Stokes & Lawrence to kick-start the proceedings for India. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav finally found a Test scalp to his name while debutant Axar Patel grabbed five scalps in the 2nd innings.

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