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Twenty20 International Preview: England 53/50 to beat India in decider

2017-02-01
A betting preview of the third and final Twenty20 international between India and England in Bangalore on Wednesday.

England are 53/50 to end their winter programme in the sub-continent with victory in the third and final Twenty20 international against India in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The tourists won the opening match of the three-match series but lost by five runs in Nagpur on Sunday, when they were left feeling aggrieved by several umpiring decisions which went against them.

It was another decent performance by the tourists though in the shortest format of the game and they are hoping to defy the odds to claim another victory over India, who are 77/100 to complete the clean sweep after success in both the Test and ODI series.

After a tricky batting surface at the VCA Stadium last time out, Wednesday’s game is expected to be full of runs. The M Chinnaswamy Stadium has a surprisingly low top score of 157 from its four T20Is but has been a happy hunting ground for major totals in one-day cricket and the Indian Premier League, and both teams spent a long time clearing the ropes in range-hitting drills on Tuesday.

As a result England are unlikely to risk left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, with seamer Liam Plunkett favourite to make his return to the XI.

Odds of 4/1 are on offer for any player to hit a century and 2/13 for someone to make 50, while India are the 27/20 underdogs to hit the most sixes despite being favourites for victory.

With plenty of runs expected, 9/10 for at least one over to feature 20 runs or more look appealing and all-rounder Moeen Ali is confident England can seal a 2-1 series win.

“At one point I thought we weren't going to win a game on this tour, but we've been playing quite well and in white-ball cricket I think we're a very good side,” he said.

“I think in white-ball cricket we can go anywhere in the world and play well. We are very comfortable with the way we play the white-ball cricket and it is only going to get better.

“We've got a very good chance. If we do the same things we'll beat them.”