England did well to win all four Test matches against India this summer considering the poor weather that has been a permanent fixture throughout the past few months, although the first ODI was a wash-out that actually played into the home team’s hands.
India had set a very challenging total of 274 in their innings at Chester-le-Street on Saturday before two England wickets tumbled and then the rain fell which meant no result was possible. The tourists will be encouraged by their performance and they are 11/8 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to win at The Rose Bowl on Tuesday.
Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out, although the Little Master didn’t play in the first match and there were still some fine batting performances, with Parthiv Patel scoring 95 runs and the opener is now 7/4 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to be top Indian runscorer in this series.
England might claim that they could have feasibly surpassed the 274 target set in the north-east, although it was still a reprieve for Alastair Cook’s team and Stan James offer 8/11 that they redress the balance by winning the second ODI. Even so, there is a nagging feeling that they have not quite mastered this format just yet.
Cook and Craig Kieswetter will get a chance to improve on their batting stats for this ODI series and the captain is 10/3 to be England’s top scorer of runs over the next four matches, while the wicket keeper is 9/2.