England snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as India, matched at a highest price of 54-1 in-running on Betfair, won a Test match from the most unlikely of positions.
The visitors were being backed at odds of 10-11 during their second-innings with centurions Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood at the crease, plenty of wickets in hand and more than enough time left in the match to bowl their opponents out after setting a seemingly impossible total to chase. To put things into context, the 387 that India chased was the fourth-highest run chase in Test match history and more than a hundred runs greater than the highest-ever successful run chase on Indian soil, suggesting the odds of 54-1 about India may not have been as inflated as they first appeared.
Earlier in the match the draw had traded at 2/7 on Betfair with the runs flowing and the possibility of thunderstorms threatening to reduce playing time.
At the start of today’s play and with all three outcomes still very much a possibility, India were available at 7-4 with England 9-5 and the draw 13-5 before an unbeaten century from veteran Sachin Tendulkar, nicknamed “The Little Master”, guided India to victory with relative ease.
India are now just 1-6 to win the two-match Series, which they will achieve provided they avoid defeat in the Second Test.
Betfair cricket betting spokesman James Pacheco said: “It’s not uncommon to see huge prices matched about winners in limited-overs cricket when quick runs and quick wickets can dramatically change the game in the space of a couple of overs. But it’s very rare to see a team matched at 54-1 on Betfair to win a Test match and end up doing just that. Those India layers will have wished Tendulkar had saved this Indian summer for another day.”