It was clear from the recent test series between these two countries that while England fully deserved their new title as world’s number one, India were suffering from poor form as well as fatigue at the end of a long year. The question you now need to ask from a betting point of view is are MS Dhoni’s men a spent force or was this merely a ‘blip’.
As world cup winners in the 50 over format of the game, India should be a tougher prospect in this one off 20/20 international but does the betting reflect that?
Currently, if you are thinking of betting on England to win the match, you can get a best price of 4/5 with Stan James while a gamble on India will return as much as 11/10 with virtually every bookmaker listed.
Those prices are fairly evenly matched and that can mean that the bookmakers are finding it a hard one to call or it can be a reflection of the fact that games like these are often something of a lottery. The reality is that a mix of both factors has decided these particular betting odds.
Likewise, we are finding this very hard to predict and it could be fair to suggest that India will still be demoralised after their heavy losses in the test series. However, there has been a large change in personnel who will ‘freshen’ and re-motivate the team – or so you may think!
We’re going to err on the side of India here but only slightly and like many of these 20/20 matches, it could even be down to whoever wins the toss. As an interesting side issue, why not take a side bet on debutant Alex Hales as England’s highest run scorer? At the time of writing, Hales can be found at 4/1 with most outlets.