Buttler gives England hope
ENGLAND suffered a disastrous start to their ODI series with India on Thursday when they fell to a crushing eight wicket defeat.
The batting performances of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were the only positives as the hosts stumbled to a below par 268 all out.
Joe Root once again disappointed, scoring single digests for a third match running, as he was dismissed by the skilful bowling of Kuldeep Yadav as England stuttered at Trent Bridge.
Whilst Root has a decent track record at Lord’s, one should steer clear of banking on the 27-year-old to return to form at the home of cricket and a price of evens for him to score less than 29.5 runs against a confident Indian attack represents an attractive gamble.
Meanwhile, Buttler has hit half centuries in three of his last six matches and odds of 4/1 for him to repeat the feat of being England’s top run scorer is a bet worth going for.
Fans at Trent Bridge on Thursday were treated to a batting master class from India’s top order.
Rohit Sharma hit a majestic 137 not out to score his second century in as many international matches and now that India’s vice-captain is firmly back in form few would bet against him punishing the England attack once again on Saturday.
A price of 16/4 for Sharma to top score for India at Lords appears to be a decent bet.
As for the bowling, Kuldeep Yadav took an extraordinary 6/25 at Trent Bridge and few would bet against him troubling England’s top order again. He is 2/1 to be India’s top bowler.
If one fancies a higher price gamble, David Willey to be England’s top bowler at 11/2 is certainly a viable option.