Golden Root To Get England Up For The Opening T20 In India

India and England will meet for the First Twenty20 of their three-match series in Kanpur on Wednesday and we are backing Joe Root to come to the fore for the tourists at the Green Park Stadium...

  • England have won 6 of the 9 T20 internationals they have played in India
  • Joe Root has scored 249 runs at an average of 49.80 in T20 internationals in India
  • Since the start of 2016, India have won 15 of their 20 T20s

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India v England 1st T20    
Tips Joe Root to score 25.5+ runs    Best Bet @ 5 / 6  

Dominant India

It will be the first time that Green Park in Kanpur has hosted a T20 international but it has been a regular haunt for one day internationals and India have actually won nine of their past twelve one-dayers played at this venue.

Virat Kohli's side will be brimming with confidence ahead of this match as they thumped England 4-0 in the Test series before winning the ODI series 2-1, with England claiming a consolation victory in the final one day match on Sunday.

England are 6/5 for the win (Bet 365) and they can take heart from the fact that India (4/6) have rested spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for this week's clash.
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Furthermore, England performed with great credit when reaching the final of the World T20 played in India last year, eventually losing to West Indies in a thrilling finale, and they have shown that they can produce the goods in the shortest format in Indian conditions.

Jason Roy scored 183 runs at the World T20 and the explosive opener looked in good touch during the ODI series, racking up scores of 73, 82 and 65 respectively. Roy is 7/2 to be top England batsman (Bet 365), although we prefer to side with Joe Root, who should be raring to go after being rested from the third ODI.

Root scored 78 and 54 in his first two one-dayers earlier this month and he was quite simply exceptional during the World T20 in India last year as he scored 249 runs to power England to the final. The England-captain-in-waiting is such a wonderfully well rounded player who can produce the goods in any format now and Ladbrokes offer an enhanced 9/2 for Root to be top England batsman, while he is 5/6 to score over 25.5 runs.

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England have actually won six of the nine T20 internationals they have played on Indian soil but the hosts demand respect as they have won fifteen of their twenty T20s since the start of 2016.

It is interesting to note that Yuvraj Singh is back in their limited overs squads and he certainly took his chance during the ODI series, scoring 210 runs, and the 35-year-old, who averages 47 in ODI cricket played at the Green Park Stadium, is 6/1 to be top India batsman (Sky Bet).

However, it is England's Root who is a top tip to prosper in this opening match of the series.
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Posted: Wednesday, 25th January 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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