2nd ODI – India vs England

Published by on January 18, 2017

England will go into the second ODI under no illusions about the threat of Virat Kohli.

The 28-year-old is unsurprisingly favourite to top score for the hosts at a price boosted up to 5/2 by SkyBet, and he’s at 3/1 to hit another century.

Kohli is looking for his 28th ODI century, while Kedar Jadhav who did the rest of the damage in the first game with a blistering ton of his own is at 13/2.

Joe Root is the obvious choice as highest run scorer for England, but Ben Stokes is much better value at 6/1, and he didn’t fall far short of Root and Roy’s exploits with 62 in the previous international.

A double of Kohli and Root top scoring is definitely worth a shot at 10/1.

Root should surpass the 4000 run mark in this form of the game – at least if he scores more than five. If England bat first, however, it will be difficult to judge exactly what they need to do.

350 looked like a reasonably good score in the first game, but India still ended up winning by three wickets.

If the visitors’ main job is to contain the likes of Kohli in the top order, Trevor Bayliss will be hoping Adil Rashid makes more of an appearance after a disappointing first match of the series for him.

The Yorkshire bowler may be as a close to a proper spinner as anyone in the ranks, but he still isn’t having much of an impact on these pitches, with an economy of 10 in the last game.

There are several good odds on Rashid notching up 2 wickets or more – a combination of that and David Willey doing the same is at 4/1, but it could be the former who struggles for England again.