Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam: Pitch report, records and highest scores in Tests ahead of India vs England clash

On Friday, February 2, India will take on England in the second of their five match Test series in Hyderabad, as the visitors look to break the streak of series wins India have had on their own turf.

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It has been 12 years since a visiting side managed to win a series in India, and England were the last team to do so in 2012. They took a significant step towards repeating that feat by defeating the hosts by 28 runs in the first Test in Hyderabad. 

Ollie Pope’s spectacular innings of 196 and debutant spinner Tom Hartley’s figures of 7/62 were the standout performances of the match, with India’s middle-order woes adding to their predicament in that match.

Wounded by the defeat, India will be looking to hit back in the second match in Visakhapatnam, but will have to do so without the injured duo of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul. Both sides have floated the idea of playing four frontline spinners, with Shoaib Bashir also available for England. 

How many Test matches has Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium hosted?

Two Test matches have been played at this venue so far, with the first match held on November 17, 2016, between India and England.

What is the capacity of Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium?

The Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium has a seating capacity of around 25,000 people.

Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium: Pitch Report

The pitch in Viskhapatnam is known to be fairly high-scoring. Apart from Test matches, the limited-overs matches here have seen some high scores, with 23 out of 65 first innings scores in T20s exceeding 170 and five totals over 280 in ODIs.

India batted first in both Tests here, scoring 455 & 502/7 declared. All these indicate that the pitch should be good for batting first, but will assist spinners as the match progresses. 47 Test wickets here have fallen to spin, compared to 23 for pace.

Both teams reportedly considering four-pronged spin attacks ahead of the second Test suggests that they both feel that it could be similar to Hyderabad, where batting was not overly difficult, but there was signifcant assistance for spin.   

Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium: Average scores and toss results in Tests

Average first innings score in Visakhapatnam 476
Matches won after batting first  2
Matches won by chasing team  0

What happened in the previous Test match at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium?

In the most recent Test game held here, India played South Africa in October 2019. The hosts won by 203 runs, with Rohit Sharma taking home the man of the match award for his knocks of 176 & 127. Mayank Agarwal also scored a double century in the first innings, and Dean Elgar scored 160.

What is the highest score by a team at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium in Tests?

India scored 502/7 declared against South Africa in 2019. Mayank Agarwal scored 215 while Rohit Sharma posted 176 to fire the Men in Blue to the massive total. They won the match by 203 runs. 

What is the highest individual score at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium in Tests?

India’s Mayank Agarwal scored 215 in October 2019 against South Africa at the venue, helping his side score 502/7 declared in the first innings. 

What is the best bowling figure at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium in Tests?

R Ashwin of India finished with 7/145 against South Africa in 2019. This remains the best bowling figures by an individual in Tests at this venue. Ashwin also took 5/67 against England in 2016. The only other bowler with a five wicket haul here is Mohammed Shami, with 5/35 against South Africa in 2019. 

India vs England: Latest predictions, betting odds

As per the Dafabet odds, India are favourites to take the second Test of the series.

Team Betting odds
India 1.41
England 2.84

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