India and England travel down to Mumbai for the second Test this week, with the tourists smarting after their nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad.
There will be plenty of soul searching for captain Alastair Cook to do and it was the first innings batting which let them down again. You can’t concede a 330-run deficit and expect to get anything out of the game in the subcontinent.
But he will take some heart from the way England fought back in the second innings – scoring over 400 to give themselves a small chance – and Cook will be hoping that more of his side’s batsmen can show the application both himself and Matt Prior did in putting on a 150-run partnership in a desperate attempt to get out with a draw.
There will also be plenty of debate about team selection for the 2nd encounter in India’s commercial capital, with second spinner Monty Panesar almost certain to come in for a batsman or fast bowler.
Tim Bresnan only bowled 19 overs in the whole match and he will probably make way for either Panesar or the returning Steven Finn. But there is also an argument that you need five frontline bowlers in the energy-sapping conditions of Asia so Prior could move up to six at the expense of Samit Patel, with Stuart Broad, Finn and Jimmy Anderson complimenting the spin twins of Graeme Swann and Panesar.
There will probably be only one change in the top five, with Ian Bell returning home for the birth of his first child and Jonny Bairstow coming in as his replacement. But the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott will be looking to play a much bigger role in Mumbai. Pietersen in particular looked all at sea against – yep, you guessed it – left-arm spin.
All eyes will be on the toss again and England will be desperately hoping that the coin comes down on the right side and they can bat first. If they can bat well – as they did in the second innings in Ahmedabad – then Andy Flower’s men can start to put some pressure on the Indians and it will be interesting to see how the home side react.
Cricket Betting on the outcome of this series is sure to be popular and India are the big favourites at 2/13 with BWIN, whilst England are out at 16/1 with Sportingbet.
Captain Cook will be looking to carry on his magnificent form and at the moment, the 1/4 with Paddy Power about him being England’s top bat in the series looks a sure-fire bet. For India, we like the look of the 12/1 with Stan James for Virat Kohli to be their highest run-scorer in the series, even though he is well behind Ahmedabad double centurion Cheteshwar Pujara.
The toss – as mentioned – will be crucial come Friday morning and if England can get their noses in front, it could be 1-1 before they travel to Kolkata. And in terms of the series as a whole, the 11/2 with William Hill for a 2-1 India win looks tempting for bets on this market.
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