England were put to the sword by Virat Kohli once again in the 1st ODI as their score of 350 was chased down with ease by India, despite England taking several early wickets. Defeats do not come much more moral-crushing than that, especially after the fireworks Ben Stokes produced to end England’s innings.
From 8am on Thursday (GMT), England will be playing the second in their ODI series with India at Cuttack. Eoin Morgan’s side simply must find a way to restrict India’s ruthless batting line-up if they are to have any chance in the series. England are scoring more runs than anyone else since the 2015 World Cup, but their bowling department has still fallen short far too often. For that reason, England to hit the most fours and most sixes at 4/1 looks good value. The power in England’s line-up makes a big score always likely, even if they find their backs against the wall.
England proved they can play ODI cricket in Indian conditions, at least with the willow. Ashwin did not even bowl his ten overs and Ravindra Jadeja was the only bowler to give the Indians significant control, going for just 50 in his ten overs. For England, though, it was only Chris Woakes who could restrict the flow of runs, going at 5.50 runs per over. Adil Rashid, David Willey and Moeen Ali came in for particular punishment, while Jake Ball delivered another strong performance. Ball to be England’s top bowler again is on offer at 9/2, which is tempting considering his impressive displays already for England.
Kohli’s brilliance was supplemented by a magical 120 from Jadhav to take the first game away from England. Kohli to score over 43.5 runs at 87/100 is one of the best bets for the second ODI, as England still seem at a loss with how to slow down his scoring, let alone dismiss him. In England’s line-up, Joe Root and Jason Roy shone most brightly once again. Root to score over 36.5 runs and Roy to score over 28.5 is an intriguing longer odds double at 5/2.
Despite their stellar One-Day form, the crushing first game defeat has seen the odds lengthen on England to claim victory in the second ODI. Now as long as 7/4 to win in Cuttack with 888 Sport, Morgan’s side are a very good underdog bet.