In­dian bats­men will score big again

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T20 ENG­LAND V IN­DIA Sun­day, 2pm, Sky Sports

ENG­LAND will want to fin­ish the T20 se­ries on a high with vic­tory to­mor­row but will have to con­tend with a dan­ger­ous In­dian bat­ting line-up who will be look­ing to in­flict fur­ther pun­ish­ment on the hosts’ bowl­ing at­tack.

There seems lit­tle to go for in the out­right re­sult bet­ting with Eng­land (10/11) and In­dia (4/5) hardly pro­duc­ing enough re­turns to war­rant a gam­ble.

The bats­men will be lick­ing their lips at the short, straight bound­aries in Bris­tol and if In­dia can repli­cate Tues­day’s bat­ting form then sup­port­ers may be run­ning for cover from a bom­bard­ment of sixes.

The visi­tors smashed seven max­i­mums in the se­ries’ first match and odds of 5/6 for them to hit seven or more sixes at a bat­ting friendly ground seems to rep­re­sent a worth­while bet.

Sim­i­larly, af­ter In­dia hit 15 fours in just 18.2 overs on Tues­day, a price of 5/6 for them to repli­cate or bet­ter this feat to­mor­row of­fers a de­cent re­ward.

Al­though those tips may paint a wor­ry­ing pic­ture for Eng­land, the hosts will look to­wards Joe Root for in­spi­ra­tion in Bris­tol.

The 27-year-old had a disastrous dis­play with the bat on Tues­day but his per­for­mance rep­re­sented a mi­nor blip in what has oth­er­wise been a rel­a­tively im­pres­sive sum­mer for Eng­land’s Test cap­tain.

Root has bat­ted well in his three pre­vi­ous lim­ited over in­ter­na­tion­als at the Bright­side Ground and a price of evens for him to score over 18.5 runs war­rants con­sid­er­a­tion.

When cast­ing an eye over Eng­land’s bowl­ing at­tack, Adil Rashid looks to be the dan­ger man.

The right-handed leg spin­ner has taken eight wick­ets in his three ODIs in Bris­tol and odds of 3/1 for him to be Eng­land’s top bowler to­mor­row is a gam­ble worth tak­ing.

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