The third and final One-Day International between India and England takes place in Kolkata on Sunday. Available to watch on Sky Sports from 11am GMT, England are playing for nothing more than pride after losing the first two matches in this three game series. The second ODI saw England fail to take advantage from a very positive start, as they were put to the sword by MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, who both scored centuries. England’s bowling continues to hold the team back, even when they dismiss Virat Kohli cheaply.
With several Indians already notching centuries in the series, odds of 5/9 for there to be a centurion in the match seem a no-brainer.
One positive England can take out of their defeat in the second ODI was their batting display. Not just runs scored throughout the team, but a return to form for their maligned skipper, Eoin Morgan. He was at his devastating best, timing his innings perfectly and nearly guiding England to the most absurd of run chases after India scored 380. This England side are to be feared – even if they are losing – with their batting line-up. With power all the way down to number 10, England to hit the most 6s once again looks good value at 23/20.
We can expect another very flat, batting friendly pitch at Kolkata. With the white balls in use deteriorating rapidly too, scores north of 350 are likely again. Jason Roy has looked in fine touch for England in the two matches so far and looks set to produce an enormous score sooner rather than later. Roy to be top batsman in the match is at odds as long as 9/1, which are great odds considering his form.
For all of England’s firepower, their inability to control India’s run rate even slightly makes it impossible to see past another victory for the hosts. Odds of 1/2 are not exactly the most tempting, but England’s bowling looks too weak for them to win a game on the sub-continental pitches against this India side.