In our cricket bitcoin betting guide to the England v India summer T20I series, we'll take a look at who could triumph in this battle between to international heavyweights. England had a great warm up for this match with six wins on over Australia, with a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series followed by a triumph in a one-off Twenty20. The batsmen ran riot and the bowlers were economical. Preparations don’t get much better than that.
India, though, have recorded victories in 12 of their previous 14 T20 internationals, including thumping successes over Ireland at Malahide last week - Virat Kohli's team winning the second match by 143 runs. Both sides head in to this T20I brimming with confidence. Spectators are surely due to see some electric cricket in this series.
In-form Jos Buttler smashed England's fastest T20I fifty, from 22 balls, at Edgbaston on Wednesday after being promoted to opener. The question will be whether he can reproduce this form against the Indian side.
Twelve England players took part in the 2018 IPL, including Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), Alex Hales (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Jason Roy (Delhi Daredevils) and David Willey (Chennai Super Kings). Since the dawn of the IPL, more English players than ever have crossed over. We’ll have to see if their knowledge of the Indian game helps their national colleagues.
In Indian squad news, uncapped duo Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya have been added to India's T20 squad for the series. Allrounder, Washington Sundar, will miss both the T20 and ODI matches after injuring his right ankle playing football during a practice session last week. He's been replaced by Krunal Pandya, brother of star allrounder Hardik Pandya.
Given the mammoth run-scoring of the English side against Australia, they're edging out India as favourites at 1.71* for the win. We’d expect whoever wins the toss to bat first and make a statement in the opening game. This looks set to be the series of the summer.
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*Odds subject to change