- Last Updated on Saturday, 10 September 2011 09:08
- Written by James Hipwell
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We recommended an England win in the 2nd One Day International and were rewarded when India failed to defend a very healthy total at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday night. On Friday they play at The Oval in London and given how pathetic India's bowling attack is, I was thinking of backing England yet again. However, at 8/13 we're not going to get rich and I think the value probably lies elsewhere.
India are a quality batting side and I can see them once again posting a decent total. But it all goes wrong when their bowlers come out to play. They are just carrying too many injuries from their ranks. Former England captain Michael Vaughan reckons a good way to make money on this match is to back India at 2.5 if you can get it, and then lay the bet off on Betfair at around even money when their batsmen are doing their stuff. This sounds like a good idea although you've obviously got a better chance at succeeding with this "back to lay" if India bat first.
England have won four of their seven ODI games against India at The Oval but lost a high-scoring thriller the last times the teams met here in 2007. I reckon this could be another high-scoring affair so will back a couple of players, who are each in good form, to top score for their teams.
The first is India's Suresh Raina, who made a blistering 19-ball 40 at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday. He won't come in until No 5 so there's a chance he won't get time to build a big score but at 6/1 I am willing to risk a few quid on him.
The second batsman I will be backing is Johnathan Trott, who averages 53 in one-dayers. I think he is good value at 4s.
BR Betting Advice:
1pt Suresh Raina to be Top India Batsman at 6/1 (Ladbrokes and Victor Chandler)
1pt Johnathan Trott to be Top England Batsman at 4/1 (Victor Chandler)