India beat England by 15 runs in Cuttack to go 2-0 up in the three-match series.Once again in the second ODI England struggled to contain India’s batting line-up. Having for the second game in a.
<p>India beat England by 15 runs in Cuttack to go 2-0 up in the three-match series.Once again in the second ODI England struggled to contain India’s batting line-up. Having for the second game in a row taken early wickets with the shiny white ball, reducing the hosts to 25-3 they were undone by a double century partnership between veteran Yuvraj and Dhoni who both scored hundred and took India to 381. This was despite a remarkable performance on a perfect pitch for batting from England opening bowler Chris Woakes who recorded figures of 10-0-60-4.</p><p>A combination of factors has led to these high totals becoming the norm in the ODI format:</p><p>1. Regulation changes, with further restrictions on numbers of players outside the circle and two power-play sections in each innings</p><p>2. The use of one ball from each end, a harder/newer ball is easier to hit further</p><p>3. Bat sizes, and bat technology (restrictions on bat sizes are coming)</p><p>4. Transference of T20 skills into ODIs. People are playing 50-over cricket with a T20 mindset</p><p>5. Boundaries often in for the “TV spectacle”</p><p>These factors become especially pronounced in the sub-continent on great pitches in fine weather and already smaller grounds. At Cuttack, we saw 746 runs in the match and 18 sixes. As an example of how the game has changed, England have scored over 350 batting second three times in ODI cricket. All of them have happened since the 2015 World Cup. England have made 350 and 366 in this series - and are 2-0 down!</p><p>Both of these sides have batting power to spare and England have made huge strides in their approach to the format (greater aggression) but the major difference between them is in the bowling attacks where England struggle to restrict the score and this is especially marked in the two sets of spin bowlers where the experience of Ashwin and Jadeja pays off compared to England’s potential spin trio. Indeed England dropped Rashid and Dawson from their second ODI line up and went in with 5 seamers and Moeen Ali, which would have been regarded as unthinkable on the sub-continent only a few months ago</p><p>In their chase in Cuttack England were 170-2, then Ashwin with three quick wickets, bowling with guile and variations, changed the game despite a valiant hundred from Eoin Morgan that got England close.</p><p>Another difference in the two sides is in converting good scores to match-winning ones. For example, Jason Roy has scored 73 and 82 in the two games so far, yet the real difference makers were Dhoni with 134 and Yuvraj with 150.</p><p>Kolkota sees the 3rd ODI on Sunday, played at the iconic Eden Gardens and there is little to suggest that conditions will be more suitable for England and thus another high scoring game on a great pitch is likely. At the last ODI held at the ground in 2014, India scored 404 and Rohit Sharma hit a record 264!</p><p>For this third match in the series, India are 4/7, England 7/4 which accurately reflects the advantage India have at home in the conditions given the relative strengths of the teams. Turning to sub-markets:</p><p><strong>Top England Batsman </strong>Once again the advantage should be with batsmen in the top 3 or 4 in the order, having first chance to compile a score on these pitches. Root at 3 top scored in Pune, Morgan at 4 top scored in Cuttack and Roy has scored 155 runs opening. Only Hales of the top order batsmen has missed out.</p><p>Here best prices are Root 3/1 Roy 7/2 Hales 4/1 Morgan 11/2, 6/1 bar taking in the middle order hitters such as Buttler and Stokes.</p><p>The most reliable betting proposition here is Joe Root, who has 27 scores of 50+ in 80 ODI innings and remains England’s best batsman across all formats</p><p><strong>Top India Batsman </strong>India have scored 737 runs in the two matches despite being reduced to 56-3 and 25-3 by England’s new ball bowlers. Four Indian batsmen have scored centuries in the two games. Particularly if India are chasing a total, the best bet remains Virat Kohli <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4810&book=Bet365">at 9/4 with Bet365</a>. Averaging nearly 60 in 178 ODIs with 65 scores of 50 plus, he is the best batsman in this format in world cricket. Out cheaply in the last game, he should rebound here.</p>