Few were convinced when England had the better of the first test and it seems a long time ago when Alastair Cook’s men negotiated an impressive draw. It’s been a poor winter for these tourists and as the final game approaches, the visitors look as if they just want to get home.
India are without Saha and Shami again but that has posed no problem so far for Kohli’s team and the markets going into this fixture are fairly predictable. The 5th and final test begins December 16, at 9:30AM IST and is being played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, despite the recent cyclone that affected the region. India and England will see each other again after the first of the year, playing their 1st ODI January 15.
With the test scheduled to begin in Chennai on Friday, India are red hot favorites to make it 4-0 and are currently priced at 1.53 with Bet365. The draw is listed at 4.33 with Bet365 and Betway while an unlikely win for England can be backed at 6.00 with Bet365 and Betway again. View updated cricket match odds here.
I said before the 4th test that England’s best chance of avoiding defeat was to bat first and make 400. They did exactly that but the lack of quality in this bowling attack meant that wasn’t enough to trouble India. I can’t see anything changing for Chennai so if you like your profits to be small ones, bet on India for the win.
Match Odds Summary:
India 1.53 (Bet365 Editor’s Pick)
England 6.00 (Bet365)
Draw 4.33 (Bet365)
Virat Kohli’s incredible 2016 continued with a double century last time out so who would look beyond the skipper, even at a relatively short staring price of 3.40 with Bet365? I have been favouring Cheteshwar Pujara who goes off here at 4.00 with Betfair and there is some decent value down the list with Murali Vijay at 5.00 with Bet365.
However, once Kohli gets into a run of form he tends to stay locked in and England just can’t find a way to dismiss him right now.
The only piece of good news for the tourists was Keaton Jennings’ century on debut and the opener is on offer now at odds of 5.50 with Bet365 in England’s version of this market. Joe Root leads things at 3.75 with Bet365 while Alastair Cook is available at 4.50 with Bet365 and Betfair.
England’s market can be something of a lottery right now with Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow all giving you options. I’m tempted to go for Cook here with a hedge on Bairstow at 6.50 with Bet365.
Top Batsmen Odds Summary:
India – Kohli 3.40 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Vijay 5.00 (Bet365), Pujara 4.00 (Betfair)
England – Root 3.75 (Bet365), Cook 4.50 (Bet365), Bairstow 6.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick)
I don’t want to keep repeating myself but the bet on Ravi Ashwin as India’s top bowler last time out seemed an obvious one. The potential profits for this keep getting smaller but at 2.38 with Bet365, I’ll be jumping on it again.
Elsewhere, it is difficult to find any real value in what has been a one-sided series overall. You could maybe take a look at England to take a first innings lead which would drop in at 2.63 with Bet365 and while that may seem unlikely, it is still possible if they bat first and bowl significantly better.
Top Bowler Odds Summary:
India – Ashwin 2.38 (Bet365 – Editor’s pick)
It’s interesting to see that India’s win price for Chennai has lengthened very slightly while the draw odds are a little shorter than they were for the 4th test. That could suggest it’s going to be a flatter deck with more runs scored on both sides and that might be the case but on form alone, you have to go with India.
England’s only real threat could come from seam but it’s not going to be enough to take 20 wickets so I really can’t see beyond a 4-0 scoreline at the end of five days.