A great start to the T20 Series between India and England with England landing odds of 6/5, and Captain Eoin Morgan doing the business with the bat to lands odds of 6/1 to be England’s Top Batsman.
It was a display that former England Captain Michael Vaughn, and yet England remain the underdogs for the second T20 Match of the 3-match series, which starts at 1.30pm, Sunday 28 January.
Match Betting: India 5/6, England 10/11 with Black Type
Choosing to field first after winning the toss, England’s new-look bowling attack certainly did their job with Moeen Ali recording his career best T20 figures of 4/21/2, and Tymil Mills and Chris Jordan both posting excellent figures of 4/27/1 after showing an ability to vary pace and length to keep the Indian Batsmen guessing – and no Indian Batsmen scored more than 36 as England took 7 wickets.
The Indian total of 147-7 certainly looked well within the grasp of an England batting line-up that has plenty of depth, and they didn’t disappoint. Roy and Billings did their job of piling on the runs early, with Roy scoring 19 in 11 balls and Billings 22 in 10. It would have been nice to see one of the openers kick-on to make 40 or 50, but that quick-start took the pressure off Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, who had time to build a match-winning partnership of 86 before Morgan (51 in 38 balls) was out with England at 126-3. In came Stokes, but it was Root who stepped-up to the plate and guided England to victory with an impressive (46 in 46 balls).
Even Indian Captain Virat Kohli admitted that England were better in all departments and, with England having the better T20 credentials entering the 3-match series, it’s a surprise that they are again the outsiders (be it marginally) for the second match.
The toss could make a massive difference, with England having a far superior record chasing a total rather than defending one but, having looked superior in all departments in the first match – the even-money looks well worth taking for England to win the second match and the series.
England To Win @ 10/11 Black Type
If you fancy a bet in the top England Batsman market, then Joe Root looks a little over-priced at 10/3 considering his 46 not out in the first innings, and his consistency merits the utmost respect.
Joe Root Top England Batsman @ 3/1 Black Type
Meanwhile, Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed the wickets of both England openers in the first match, and could gain be the biggest danger to England’s early progress with the bat.