After the exciting win in the first ODI, India host England for the second ODI tomorrow at Cuttack. The Indian team will be gung-ho after their dramatic chasing of 350. However, England had given enough hints that it will not be easy for the hosts. Batting first, they posted 350 for seven comfortably, a score which should win them the match on most occasions. They reduced India to 63 for 4 at the 12th over. However, a brilliant partnership between Virat Kohli and Kedhar Jadav laid the foundation for an Indian win.
Preview – India
India are likely to field the same eleven. Their bowling was not very great on a flat pitch at Kanpur. The spinners will receive more assistance from the usually slow and low pitch at Kanpur. However, due will be a factor at Cuttack for the second innings. Dew can render spinners toothless and make batting easier. The perfect scenario for India will be to win the toss and bat second. The team will be worried about the batting as well. Spectacular shot-making from Kohli and Jhadav seems to have masked the mediocre batting that surrounded. Except for Hardik Pandya, none of the others managed to provide a meaningful contribution. If England can get Kohli early, they win half the battle.
Preview – England
In fact, if you analyze both teams carefully for cricket betting, you will find that England were actually the better team. The whole team contributed to their cause. Of both the teams, they look more likely to post 350 again. The poor bowling of their spinners, coupled with the sheer brilliance of Kohli and Jhadav, did them in. It may not happen every time. Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Butler and Ben Stokes appeared in good nick. The batsmen are skilful and explosive. They can destroy Indian bowlers once again.
So, where should be your money in cricket betting? The team bats second will have an advantage because of the dew. Don’t read too much into India’s win in the first ODI. If anything, England look to have a slight edge.
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