IND vs ENG Leeds weather prediction: Sunny and dry day predicted at Day 4, can India take advantage of ideal batting conditions? Follow LIVE updates – Team India had a productive Day 3 but are still some way behind as they look to pull the improbable and save the Test match. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara steered India to 215/2 at Stump’s on Day 3, with the visitors still 139 behind. With two full days of action left, should the Indians continue their Day 3 heroics, fans could be in for a spectacle as the game heads to the wire. Follow IND vs ENG Live ball by ball updates of 3rd test on InsideSport.co and live updates on SONY LIV/ Sony Sports Network
Headingley weather: Sunny conditions expected throughout Day 4
Unlike the previous three days, the entirety of Day 4 is expected to be played under clear skies, making it an ideal Day for batting despite the obvious wear and tear of the pitch. The forecast suggests no overcast conditions which will be a relief for India as England will begin the day with James Anderson and the new ball. Expect the pitch to deteriorate further due to the constant sunshine, and the spinners could be in for long spells on a day ideal for batting.
Headingley weather: Dark clouds for start, Sunny conditions expected later on Day 3
@6:20 PM: Post lunch session looks even gloomier. Dark clouds continue to hover over the Headingley sky. Bad light could interrupt Day 3.
@4:00 PM: Covers come off and India openers begin 2nd innings.
@3:55 PM: Covers come on as droplets have turned into drizzles. India’s innings will have to wait.
@3:40 PM: Although overcast, as per weather predictions, rain is likely to stay away.
@3:20 PM: It has started drizzling in Leeds. Day 3 start could be delayed.
Day 3 of the 3rd Test here at Headingley.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2021
@2:26 PM IST –
@11:34 AM IST- The first session is expected to be played under overcast conditions, but there are very less chances of rainfall. The skies are likely to clear up as the day progresses, with bright sunshine expected for the later hours of the day. Barring the first hour or so, batsmen should benefit from the conditions on offer, with India especially needing to bat well to save the Test match.
Headingley weather: Overcast conditions for start of Day 2- LIVE Updates
@18:18 – Overcast conditions at Headingley, Leeds. Can Indian bowlers make the most of it
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 26, 2021
@3:00 PM IST: Overcast conditions for the start of Day 2. Significant cloud cover but evry little chance of showers.
Like Day 1, there is unlikely to be any rainfall and there is set to be a full day of action on the cards. The maximum temperature for the day is expected to hover around the 17-degrees mark, while the minimum could dip as low as 13-degree Celsius. Sunshine throughout the day is expected, with only patches of low clouds in between, making it a perfect day for batting.
What comes as good news is the fact that there is no chance of rain and the clouds are expected to clear away as the day progresses. The maximum temperature of the day is expected to be 22-degrees while the minimum temperature will go as low as 13-degree celsius.
IND vs ENG Leeds weather prediction: Dark clouds to welcome India and England at Headingley- Follow live updates
15:15 PM IST: It’s still cloudy but as per UK MET Office, the cloud cover is going to clear out in an hour.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 25, 2021
Meanwhile, the remaining days at the Headingley, Leeds are expected to be gloomy with clouds cover.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 25, 2021
Team India will return to Headingley for the first time in 19 years as they prepare to take on England in the third Test of the series. Back then, a Sourav Ganguly led Indian team and clinched a famous win, and a similar result for Virat Kohli’s group will ensure that a draw will be the worst possible series result. India come into the game on the back of an epic victory at Lord’s, with a 1-0 series lead.
Unlike Trent Bridge and Lord’s, Headingley is likely to be a drier surface and Virat Kohli was himself surprised at the lack of grass on the surface. In his press conference, the Indian captain revealed that they could see much more of the surface and the pitch doesn’t seem to be as lively as the ones in Trent Bridge and Lord’s.
As for the weather, Leeds is expected to be sunny for most of the Test match with very little indication of rainfall. No rainfall is predicted in either of the five days of the Test, meaning 450 overs could be a real possibility. Reports suggest that the pitch is sightly damp for Day 1, but the conditions should ensure that there’s enough wear and tear for spin to come into play on Day 4 and 5.
Sunny conditions are expected on day 1, but Day 2 could see major changes, with a significant chance of rainfall. The same could be said for Day 3, however, it eases up a little during the final two days of the test. Chasing in the fourth innings, keeping in mind the weather and conditions, will not be an easy task at Leeds.
India might change 4+1 template
As there is a prediction for a minimal downpour in the third Test, Virat Kohli might tinker with the Playing XI. The comparatively parched conditions might see India sidelining their 4 (pacers) + 1 (spinner) combination and rope in 3 (pacers) + 2 (spinners).
That would mean, Ishant Sharma might make way for senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the Playing XI.
Headlingley’s turf usually assists pacers
Historically, Headingley’s green top has favoured seamers. The last time England played at the venue in 2019, they were bowled out for 67 against Australia but they managed to pull off a 1-wicket victory. Since then, the County Championships matches have also offered assistance to seamers.