2nd ODI Cricket: India v England

With England having taken a 1-0 lead in the five match series, India will be out for revenge when the two sides meet in Kochi tomorrow (6.30am GMT, Tuesday).

The first match at Rajkot produced over 600 runs in total and with a similar surface promised, the second game promises to be another high scoring affair.

However, despite England’s opening victory, India remain favourites to take this match.

Best betting odds for India v England
8/11 India
(Betfred, Paddy Power)
5/4 England (Pinnacle)

England are likely to field an unchanged side after their batsmen compiled a formidable target of 325 in the opener. All the main batters seem to be in good form with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell continuing their prolific partnership at the top of the order.

Behind the openers, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan are scoring quickly while Samit Patel and Craig Kieswetter made 38 from the final two overs in Rajkot to seal the game in what proved to be a tight finish.

There may be some questions in the bowling department where England’s opening pair struggled to make an early breakthrough. Tim Bresnan is a concern as the Yorkshire all-rounder is some way from his best and he seems the man most under pressure.

Meanwhile, Jade Dernbach recovered from a poor start to take two vital wickets in Rajkot but he may still face a challenge for his place from his Surrey county colleague Stuart Meaker.

So the key to this game lies in a vulnerable English bowling attack versus an Indian batting line up that seems to have improved following their below par performances in the recent series with Pakistan.

As the hosts looked to chase down 325 on Friday, Yuvraj Singh top scored with 61 while there were supporting half centuries from Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir. In fact, all of the top six batsmen made it into double figures but to take a win on a Kochi pitch that promises plenty of runs, someone may need to go on and make three figures.

Yuvraj loves playing against England and could be the man to do just that. Skipper Dhoni has pushed the all-rounder up to number four in the batting order and with 13 ODI hundreds to his name, Yuvi is more than capable of adding to that tally on Tuesday.

At the top of the order, Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli will need to push on and turn their forties and fifties into bigger scores.

In the bowling department, India posed little threat and the real disappointment has been Ravi Ashwin. England lost just four wickets in Rajkot and will be confident of posting another score in excess of 300.

Overall, the toss will be crucial and it should favour the side batting first. With runs on the board, a total of around 325 is daunting, no matter how flat the pitch. Naturally it’s impossible to predict the outcome of the toss but expect India’s batsmen to build on that improvement in the first game and go on to level the series.

This Preview’s Betting Tip: India to win at 8/11 with Betfred or Paddy Power.