The odds suggested that Saturday’s match at Hyderabad was going to be a close run thing, although India cruised to a 126-run victory which leaves the England ODI side with plenty of thinking to do.
India scored an impressive 300 runs including 87 from captain MS Dhoni at the weekend and the tourists simply had no reply, with Alastair Cook the only England batsman to come away with any credit.
You can get 8/11 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) that the Indians go 2-0 up in Delhi on Monday, with Virat Kohli claiming that the team are just continuing some decent form from the summer but learning how to win games.
“I think we played really well in the ODIs in England,” Kohli said. “It was just a matter of crossing the line which we couldn’t do there. We fought hard through that series and kept our heads high; and that probably made the difference in this first game here.”
England need a big response and can be backed at 6/5 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to bounce back with a win, with captain Cook on offer at 7/2 to top score again with the bat.
Jonathan Trott can be backed at 7/2 to score the most runs, while Craig Kieswetter has a chance to demonstrate that he should be a permanent fixture in this team.
There are a wide range of betting markets for this match, including which team will score the Most Sixes, who will be Man of the Match and which team will score the most runs in their first 10 overs.