The first test between England and India at Edgbaston may have been a thriller for the neutrals. However, it was a tense affair for those fans directly involved. England eventually came through with a narrow 31-run victory, but the game could have gone either way until the crucial dismissal of Virat Kohli on the final morning. So it is time to move on to the England v. India cricket betting odds for the second Test.
India’s reliance on Kohli is one of the big issues going into the second test, starting on Thursday at Lord’s, but can the tourists’ top order offer more support and go on to level the series?
What are the England v. India Cricket Betting Odds for the Second Test?
The match odds for the second game are almost identical to those that were available for the first test with England as favourites at 2.05 with Betrally. India can be found at 3.05, while the one price to change is the draw, which lengthens to 4.75.
The focus for India is on selection and whether to bring in Cheteshwar Pujara, most probably for KL Rahul. Also, they need to decide if two spinners are required. Lord’s is a ground more conducive to seam, but spin is India’s strength and it may make sense to call up Kuldeep Yadav.
For England, the absence of Ben Stokes could be a problem and with a little luck via the toss and the ability to bat first on this surface, India could easily capitalise and take the win.
Match Odds Summary: England 2.05, India 3.05 (Betrally – Editor’s Pick), The Draw 4.75.
What are the England v India Cricket Betting Odds for Top Batsman?
England’s Joe Root top scored on first innings with 80 at Edgbaston and would have probably converted to three figures had it not been for a needless run out. Root starts as favourite in England’s top batsman market for Lord’s at 3.75, and is followed by Alastair Cook, who is on offer at 5.00 with Betway.
Cook is in a poor run of form and was undone by Ashwin twice at Edgbaston. Therefore, we should probably look elsewhere. Other options include Jonny Bairstow at 6.00, new man Ollie Pope or Jos Buttler at the same 7.00 and Keaton Jennings at 8.00.
For India, Virat Kohli scored over half of his side’s runs on first innings. The skipper is an obvious favourite at 3.00, followed by KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, who are both at 5.50.
If you think that Cheteshwar Pujara will come into this starting XI, you can find his odds at 5.00. Other options for the tourists include Murali Vijay at 5.50, Dinesh Karthik at 11.00 or Hardik Pandya at 15.00.
We would normally select an Indian player here. But while we think that Kohli will deliver again, he looks a little short for us at those odds of 3.00. By all means take them, but the overall value could lie with Jonny Bairstow. He is in good touch and ready to cover another England top order collapse.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: England: Root 3.75, Cook 5.00 (Betway), Bairstow 6.00 (Betrally – Editor’s Pick), Pope 7.00, Buttler 7.00, Jennings 8.00.
India: Kohli 3.00, Pujara 5.00, Rahul 5.50, Dhawan 5.50, Vijay 5.50, Karthik 11.00, Pandya 15.00.
What are the England v India Cricket Betting Odds for Top Bowler?
At the time of writing, India’s starting XI had not been confirmed. However, we feel that they need to pick a second spinner to stand the best chance of winning. With that in mind, India’s first innings top bowler market is our focus. It is led by R Ashwin at 3.25.
Ravi Jadeja has the experience and could step in at 4.35, but the real tempter is Kuldeep Yadav. His mystery spin can be a valuable weapon in test cricket. We won’t be making the bet until we know he’s in the side, but Kuldeep at 3.75 is the tip.
India Top Bowler Odds Summary: Ashwin 3.25, Kuldeep Yadav 3.75 (Editor’s Pick), Jadeja 4.35, Ishant Sharma 4.75, Umesh Yadav 5.00.
Much could depend on the toss and the side taking first knock should have the advantage. If India get their selection right, they have a strong chance of levelling this series.