England vs India Cricket 2018

England Set For Fast Start In First One-Day International Against India?

Sam Cox
All eyes on Trent Bridge for this one

The T20 series is done and dusted – and what a series it was – so England and India move onto their best of three ODI series. The shortest format was bonkers throughout, with India running out eventual series winners thanks to a monumental run chase in Bristol.

Trent Bridge plays host for the first 50-over match. The squads are altered slightly for this series, but the big names remain - it looks set to be a very exciting and entertaining set of matches.

Rohit Sharma, who was destroyer-in-chief in the third T20, obviously continues at the top of the order, while Ben Stokes will be available for selection once again for England after returning to action in Bristol of all places.

Sharma is one of the great limited overs batsmen. His ODI strike rate is in the 80s rather than 130s like his T20 scoring, but there’s no doubt he’s a major threat.

His 13/2 price to be the match’s top batsman is remarkably long after the outright assault on England’s bowling attack. Rohit has 17 career ODI centuries, including his ludicrous 264.

He’s capable of batting long, if he survives upwards of 20 overs at the crease he’s very likely to be the game’s top scorer.

Unsurprisingly, the favourite to be top batsman in the match (5/1) and for India (5/2) is Virat Kohli. The masterful right-hander had a quiet T20 series by his standards but joined the party in Bristol with a thrilling 43 in support of Sharma.

Backing Kohli is hardly a bad bet, though those prices a bit on the short side. England have their own contenders in the top batsman market as well and there are a few standout names in the betting.

Joe Root is expected to return to the team after being dropped for the match in Bristol and comes in at 7/1 to top score in the match. Root might not be a contender for the fastest 50 ever but he’s always a solid bet to build an innings. That’s a very long price for a player of his calibre who could be batting in the top three.

The in-form Jonny Bairstow gets the honour of England favourite. Bairstow has been in a different role in T20 but was in stupendous touch against the Australians a few weeks ago.

He has a vital job in the powerplay, and we know he’s good enough to convert a flying start into a big score. The 13/4 to be England’s top batsman isn’t great value, though, given the risks required in the first few overs.

Turning to the bowlers, it’s the Indians who represent the best options. England struggled to take wickets in the T20s, with Adil Rashid easily nullified.

The extra pace of Liam Plunkett at 6/1 is tempting, but Plunkett’s upside is his control rather than wicket taking.

Death bowlers are often the best option, given how batsman will swing the bat in the final overs. For that reason, Mark Wood at 7/1 is decent value.

Of the Indian bowlers, the spinners are obviously the threat. Kuldeep Yadav was surprisingly dropped for Bristol but is one of the top bowler favourites. He might just be the key to this match and is still a good bet at 9/2.

This is too close to call. England to have the highest total after 15 overs at 4/5 and best opening partnership at 17/20 are better bets than either team to win.


*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*