India's Virat Kohli To Shine In The 2nd T20 Against England

The betting is tight for the Second Twenty20 between India and England on Sunday and it could be worth siding with the team that bats second again in Nagpur as both of these teams are better chasing than they are at setting a target...

  • India have lost both of their previous T20 matches in Nagpur
  • Joe Root averages 59 in T20 cricket in India
  • The last six international T20 totals in Nagpur read: 126, 79, 122, 123, 123, 117

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Advantage England

England hold the edge as far as the three-match series is concerned as they took a 1-0 lead with a seven-wicket win in Kanpur on Thursday and it was a result that will have done plenty for the confidence of a team that reached the World T20 final in India last year.

Eoin Morgan's side are even-money for victory on Sunday but it will be very much worth waiting for the toss to see who chases, with India currently 4/5 for victory (Paddy Power).
Match Odds:

'I Am Root'

The concern for India is their relatively disappointing record in T20s on home soil, as they have won 10 and lost 11 of their 21 matches played in India, and they have lost both of their previous fixtures in Nagpur.

They were skittled for 79 in Nagpur at last year's World T20 and it was a venue that offered assistance to the spinners. Runs weren't always easy to come by in the three main World T20 group stage matches that were played in Nagpur almost twelve months ago, with the scores reading 126, 79, 122, 123, 123, 117.

Admittedly, the fact so much cricket was played on the pitch in such a short space of time may have contributed to the fact that runscoring was so difficult but it is worth noting that Bet 365 go 9/2 for no player to score fifty on Sunday.

Joe Root is one English player who could enjoy negotiating a trial by spin after he guided the tourists home with 46 not out in the first T20. Root now averages 59 in T20s played in India and he is 10/3 to be top England batsman (Boylesports), although it might be worth waiting for the toss as Root's career average when batting second in T20 cricket is 73.50 but that average contracts to 29.33 when batting first.

The Main Man

Root has so often been the main man for England in recent years and India will be looking to their own super star, Virat Kohli, to shine on Sunday. Kohli is in such wonderful touch at the moment as he put England to the sword during the Test and ODI Series, and the top runscorer in T20 cricket during the past two years can shine in Nagpur.

Kohli averages 39.62 in T20s played on home soil and he is 9/4 to be India's top batsman again (Betfred).
Top India Batsman Odds:

Posted: Friday, 27th January 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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