over 400 runs in the second innings.
There is significant amount of dewfall in the morning here which should help the pace bowlers in the first session of match days with the track sweating under the covers.
The middle session is generally the best for batting at this venue, at least on the first two days, as later the sea breeze that sets in during the last session aids swing bowling.
Barring Sharma coming for the injured Yadav, it appears that the winning eleven in the first Test would be retained by the hosts.
Meanwhile, the visitors would be handicapped by the absence of Ian Bell, though he was a flop in Ahmedabad. The middle order mainstay has flown home to be at the side of his wife who is expecting their child.
26-year-old left-handed batsman Eoin Morgan is talked about as Bell's replacement in the eleven.
Six foot-seven inch tall pacer Steven Finn, on whom the England team had pinned many hopes to get some extra bounce on slow Indian pitches, has aggravated his thigh injury which he picked up during their practice game before the series and is again unavailable.
It would be interesting to see whether left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who was surprisingly omitted at Ahmedabad, plays at this venue where he celebrated his maiden Test wicket, that of Tendulkar, by running all the way to the boundary line six years ago.
If Panesar gets the nod, one of the three seam bowlers who all flopped at Ahmedabad -- James Anderson, vice-captain Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan -- would be out of the eleven. There is also the likelihood of Samit Patel, who failed in the series opener, giving way to reserve wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow if Panesar is included to bowl left-arm spin.
This would be the 23rd Test hosted at this venue since the first in 1974-75 and India have come out victorious on 9 of those occasions - including thrice in a row against England between 1984 and 1993.
The hosts have suffered reverses against their English rivals in 1980 and 2006, the last time the two met at this ground, with the