The second ODI between India and England takes place at Visakhapatnam on Thursday 19th January (8am GMT), and England find themselves 1-0 down despite scoring a record-breaking total in the first ODI of the 3-match series.
Sadly, in our pre-series preview we highlighted England’s failure to be able to defend a big-total and, even though they were long odds-on after scoring a total of 350/7 in the first match – India needed just 48.1 of their 50 overs to amass a match winning total of 356/7.
However, by amassing such a big total, England did prove that they have plenty of strength in the batting department – if lacking the kind of star performance that Indian Captain Kohli delighted the Pune crowd with.
Roy scored 73, Root 78 and Stokes 62, but none could carry that momentum forward with a century that may well have seen England score even more highly. Meanwhile, Kohli’s 122 off just 105 balls was sheer class, especially considering he had to watch the first 4 Indian batsmen go for just 8, 1, 15 and 6. England were then perhaps unlucky to catch Jadhav at his scintillating best, and his 120 in 76 balls was too much to handle. However, with so many Indian wickets falling cheaply, England again look the value bet in the second match at 7/4 – especially if they can win the toss and choose to bat second.
The failure of India’s two opening batsmen in the first game also leads me to another bet. Rahul scored 8 from 18 balls, and Dhawan just 1 from 10 balls, and that makes England’s opening duo of Roy and Hales look an interesting bet at even-money to outscore their rivals again here. Roy scored 73 from 61 balls, whilst even Hales’ 9 from 18 balls was better than either of the two Indian openers could manage.
Meanwhile, the pitch at Visakhapatnam has a history of lending itself to pace-bowling, with the likes of Rampaul, McKay and Boult all being leading wicket-takers for their respective countries in recent ODI’s there. That should have the likes of David Willey and Ben Stokes steaming in with added enthusiasm – and the respective 7/2 and 6/1 for them to be England’s top bowler both look worth an interest. If England are to win, then they’ll probably need either Willey or Stokes to have a match-winning performance with the ball – so the 7/1 and 10/1 for them to be the best overall bowler also looks worth taking.
India vs England Second ODI Cricket Tips
England To Win @ 7/4 (General)
Willey To Be England’s Top Bowler @ 7/2 (General)
Stokes To Be England’s Top Bowler @ 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
Willey To Be The Overall Top Bowler @ 7/1 (Stan James)
Stokes To Be The Overall Top Bowler @ 10/1 (Stan James)