After a competitive first game, the second test of this five match series reverted to how many of us expected it would play out. Even English supporters were fearful of Ashwin and Jadeja after a poor tour of Bangladesh and the slow men had their say in a comfortable victory.
India’s position as favorites has strengthened ahead of the third test starting in Mohali on Saturday and Virat Kohli’s men are currently listed at a very short 1.57 with Bet365 and Betway. Meanwhile, England are way out at 4.50 for the win and 5.00 for the draw – once again, you can pick either of those prices up with Bet365 or Betway.
Clearly the toss was important for the first two games with England’s best chance of getting anything from the match being to call correctly and bat first but with the surface in Mohali expected to give even more assistance to India’s slow men, it’s tough to see past another home win. Find more online cricket match odds.
Match Odds Summary:
India 1.57 (Bet365 Editor’s Pick)
England 4.50 (Betway)
Draw 5.00 (Bet365)
There are two high profile changes on each side with Parthiv Patel coming in for India and England’s Jos Buttler replacing the ineffective Ben Duckett. That change should not affect things too much for the hosts who have Virat Kohli listed as their favourite in the top batsman betting at odds of 3.50 with Bet365.
Elsewhere in this top order, Cheteshwar Pujara is on offer at 4.70 with Betfair while Murali Vijay is at 5.60 with Betfair again. Outside punts include Ajinkya Rahane at 7.20 with Betfair and Patel at 11.00 with Bet365 but this should come down to a straight fight between two men.
I had been championing Pujara who has been in good touch but he’s been eclipsed by Kohli so I will switch to the skipper for this one.
For England, Buttler’s return should make them stronger both in the batting and fielding departments but the Lancashire man has barely played any first class cricket in 2016 and looks a bit short at 6.50 with Bet365. Joe Root is an obvious favorite to score most first innings runs for his side at 4.33 with Bet365 while Alastair Cook is at 4.50 with Bet365 again.
England have depth in their order and plenty of value with Haseeb Hameed at odds of 6.40 with Betfair and Ben Stokes at 6.00 with Bet365 but at the risk of picking the favourite once again, I’ll side with Root, essentially because I had expected his price to slip below 4.00.
Top Batsmen Odds Summary:
India – Kohli 3.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s pick) Vijay 5.60 (Betfair) Pujara 4.70 (Betfair)
England – Root 4.33 (Bet365 Editor’s Pick) Cook 4.50 (Bet365) Hameed 6.40 (Betfair)
It seemed an obvious pick to take Ravi Ashwin as India’s best first innings bowler and after delivering a profit in Vizag, I’ll back him again for Mohali at odds of 2.25 with Bet365.
It’s telling that England’s main threats are the seamers – Stuart Broad and James Anderson – and the difference between the spin attacks is one of the reasons why India are ahead. As a result, I’m tempted to go for Broad in England’s market at odds of 5.00 with Bet365. I also think England will be stronger if they bring back Gareth Batty as a superior spinner to his Surrey colleague Zafar Ansari. Batty could be an option here at 4.50 with Bet365.
Top Bowler Odds Summary:
India – Ashwin 2.25 (Bet365 – editor’s pick)
England – Batty 4.50 (Bet365), Broad 5.00 (Bet365 – editor’s pick)
Stuart Broad is a marginal outside punt but in the main I have gone for the favorites here. Kohli is in a strong run of form, as is Ashwin and together I feel they will make it 2-0 in Mohali.