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Farokh Engineer: Odds Still Stacked Against India

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India clawed things back a bit today but England are still overwhelming favourites to win, says Farokh Engineer
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I don't want to sound pessimistic but the odds are stacked very heavily against India at the moment unless they can somehow get these last five wickets very quickly indeed.

India clawed things back a little today but England still have a lead of 85 and every run is like gold from this point because England don't want to bat twice.

They'll try to bowl India out so they will be looking for another 100 runs and even if they get out after that they've still got a lead of 185, which means India would have to bat really well because this wicket is still doing a bit.

Survival will be very difficult for our batsmen.

India are not very good at saving games. They're pretty good at winning them but when it comes to saving the game, as we saw at Southampton, where India threw it away, they aren't so good.

I think this could turn out to be a humiliating defeat for India unless there is a tremendous breakthrough.

The weather forecast wasn't great for today, but I don't think either team would have been too worried about that. England were looking to build a handsome lead and every run will put pressure on the Indian batsmen.

Ad despite the rain today, there's plenty of time left in this game.

India bowled much better this morning but they did bowl a lot of short-pitched deliveries and if you bowl a lot of them, you are going to be hit for four and a lot of runs were given away unnecessarily - this isn't Kolkata!

You've got to pitch it up on this ground, make the batsmen drive and let the ball seam and let it swing.

Lycamobile ambassador Farokh Engineer is covering India's tour of England as part of Cricket World's coverage. Click here to win a holiday to India with Lycamobile.

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London

India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London

England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham

India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds

England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs