The first T20 between India and England will be held later today at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. Today is India’s Republic Day. India’s match with their old colonial masters on the Republic Day gives an amusing twist to an otherwise routine cricket match. This will be an amusing match for cricket betting as well. There is no clear-cut favourite for this fixture. If the ODI series is any indication, the winners will be decided only in the final over. The thrill and excitement of cricket match as well as of online betting reach the pinnacle in these kinds of matches. Stay tuned and keep tab of the odds.
Preview – India
India retains the core of its ODI-series-winning team. Virat Kohli bosses the top order while Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni power the middle order. Suresh Raina is likely to join in too. The opening partnership is bit of a concern. KL Rahul and unproven Mandeep Singh are the front-runners. For maintaining the team balance, Kohli himself may decide to open. Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah will spearhead the bowling attack. R Ashwin and R Jadeja are rested for the T-20 series. Amit Mishra will lead the spin department. All these players have rich experience in playing IPL. That should come handy for this series. The IPL experience is a factor to consider for betting as well.
Preview – England
England’s skipper Eoin Morgan has indicated that his team would prefer chasing. It is quite natural too, considering their long batting order. Joe Root is fit and will come in at number three. Morgan and Jason Roy are the other in-form batsmen in the squad. Jos Butler’s form is a worry. However, the all-rounders – Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan – make England’s a tail-less batting line-up.
It is absolutely impossible to predict accurately the outcome of the match. The team batting second is more likely to win. Both these teams are equal in terms of form and class, especially for T-20 cricket. If you look closely, England look the better team overall. However, India have players like Kohli and Dhoni who can single-handedly win a match. There is no way one can predict the outcome with confidence for cricket betting.