England v India 2nd Test Match Preview

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After a thrilling series opener in Birmingham England and India head to Lords for the second test match, the game gets underway on Thursday and England are 1-0 up with 4 to play.

England won the first test at Edgbaston by 31 runs. It was a game of high drama which India will also feel they could have won. In terms of the outright series win market England are now trading at around 2/9 (from 6/10), with India at 15/2 (from 5/2) and the draw is 6/1 (from 11/2). We also have series correct score betting and you can view all the outright options here.

England batted first in the first test and they posted a total of 287 with Root (80) and Bairstow (70) top scoring and Ashwin was top Indian bowler with 4 wickets.

India’s reply was dominated by Virat Kohli who made 149 of their 274 runs with no other batsmen making more than 26 and there were 4 wickets for Sam Curran.

England were all out for 180 in their second innings as Sharma took 5 wickets but Curran’s 63 down the order was crucial in helping nudge the fourth innings target towards 200 runs.

India once again relied on Kohli who made 51 but wickets fell regularly around their skipper and they were all out for 162 with Ben Stoke taking 4 wickets.

Stokes will be missing from the England side for this second test but if the match is anything like as entertaining as the first it will be well worth following.

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Match Result

England 21/20

Draw 15/4

India 18/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Bets: Batsman to score a Hundred in 1st Innings, Root? (yes) at 4/1

Kohli is in great form but India desperately need some support from their other batsmen to remain competitive. England skipper Joe Root was also in the runs in the first innings at Birmingham and we go with him to score a century first time up here.

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