The withdrawal of India’s strike bowler Zaheer Khan from the Second Test at Trent Bridge tomorrow has further boosted England’s chances, reports Paddy Power.
Andrew Strauss’ men are now 10/11 for victory at Trent Bridge, having been 11/10 before the Indian camp’s announcement.
With much written over India’s strong record in Second Tests compared to the First in recent series a fitter India team without the injury restraints on Gambhir and Tendulkar could prove tempting for some at a lively 7/2 with the draw at 9/5.
Kevin Pietersen, who scored a double century at Lords is 4/1 to follow that up with a first innings ton at Trent Bridge, and the same price to be England’s top first innings runscorer, whilst for India Sachin Tendulkar is 2/1 to record his 100th international century during the match.
Another man in the headlines after his strong First Test performance, Stuart Broad, is 10/1 to take five wickets in an innings with the ball, 2/1 for a half century, and 22/1 to score a half century and take five wickets in an innings
Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: “Punters had been weighing up the Trent Bridge conditions, which should suit Jimmy Anderson and the England bowling attack, with the wounded tiger of India who always comeback so strongly in Second Tests – but the loss of Khan will surely change that now.”
England are now 3/10 to win the series and 8/11 to be world number one by the time of its conclusion.
England v India 2nd Test
Top England 1st Innings Runscorer
7-2 Cook, Trott; 4 Strauss, Pietersen; 11-2 Bell; 8 Morgan; 10 Prior; 40 Broad, Bresnan; 66 Bar
Top India 1st Innings Runscorer
7-2 Dravid, Tendulkar; 9-2 Laxman; 5 Mukund; 13-2 Raina; 8 Y Singh; 12 Dhoni; 40 Bar
To Score a 1st Innings Century
7-2 Trott; 4 Cook, Strauss, Pietersen; 5 Bell; 13-2 Morgan; 7 Prior; 12 Broad; 16 Bresnan; 20 Swann
4 Tendulkar; 5 Laxman; 11-2 Mukund; 6 Raina; 7 Y Singh; 10 Dhoni; 14 H Singh
Top England 1st Innings Wicket Taker
9-4 Anderson; 3 Swann, Broad, Tremlett; 10-3 Finn; 7-2 Bresnan
Man of the Match
10 Anderson; 12 Cook; 14 Trott, Pietersen, Swann; 16 Strauss, Broad, Tremlett; 20 Bresnan; 22 Bell; 25 Morgan; 28 Prior
10 Tendulkar; 14 Dravid; 16 Gambhir; 18 Khan, H Singh; 20 Sharma, Mukund, Raina, Kumar; 25 Y Singh, Laxman; 33 Dhoni
2nd Test Broad Betting
10/1 To take 5 wickets in an innings
7/2 To score a first innings half century
2/1 To score a half century in the match
22/1 To score a half century and take five wickets in an innings in the match
8/11 England to be world number one at the end of the series
Tendulkar’s 100th 100
2/1 2nd Test – Trent Bridge
7/2 3rd Test - Edgbaston
11/2 4th Test – The Oval
7/5 Not in this series
12/1 England 1-0
7/2 England 2-0
5/1 England 2-1
4/1 England 3-0
10/1 England 3-1
10/1 England 4-0
6/1 Draw 1-1
14/1 Draw 2-2
9/1 India 2-1
50/1 India 3-1