But­tler gives Eng­land hope

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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.

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