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Nic Ladds 21st Mar 2009 - 15:14

England hoping to build on victory by more conventional methods

After the bizarre events that resulted the first ODI being awarded to England the betting looks to have it about right with both sides 5/6 in the betting to win the 2nd ODI.

England were awarded victory in the first ODI after the John Dyson the West Indies coach, waved his team off with 3.4 overs left thinking they'd won via the Duckworth Lewis method due to bad light.

In reality he miscalculated and as a result the away side won by one run, infuriating the West Indies side and bringing jubilation to the England camp that they had finally won a game, albeit some what fortuitously.

This could go either way now, either England will be buoyed by the victory and start playing with conviction or the Windies will be determined to settle the score and dismantle the away side accordingly.

In reality, this, as the match odds suggest, should be a tense, close game. The slow pitch will make for low totals and tight bowling will be the key.

The batsmen with more technical ability are likely to do the best like Paul Collingwood, who is 6/1 in the betting to be top England batsman, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul who can be backed at odds of 7/2 to be top West Indies batsman.

The pair both put in impressive displays with the bat last time and are both real contenders for top scorers for their respective sides.

Other possibilities include top batsman last time, Lendl Simmons who can be backed at 5/1 and Ramnaresh Sarwan at 3/1.

Chris Gayle is also 3/1 but he, like Kevin Pietersen who is also 3/1 make little appeal due the slow wicket now playing to their strengths.

Owais Shah is another live contender for England, having looked a lot more solid in the first ODI, scoring a decent 62 and can be backed at 11/2.

In the top bower markets, Kieron Pollard looks the value at 5/1 for the Windies while Stuart Broad has been by the best bowler for England recently and is a worthy 5/2 favourite.

If the weather plays a part in proceedings you can be sure there will be multiple checks before a side decides to come off this time and if the match plays out normally the West Indies are very slightly favoured.

They got themselves in a winning position before the debacle which led to their loss last time and they will be extremely keen not to allow any mishaps this time and get themselves back in contention to win a series that they know they are capable of.

England's fragile confidence will have received a boost after being awarded a win and it could be what they need to spark a revival.

If they are to get another win they certainly need to make more of their powerplays as they have been guilty on more than one occasion of not going hard enough when is play is set up perfectly for them to attack.

One close game is not enough to evidence to suggest they are suddenly going to go on a winning run however and this should be an enthralling game which England could use as a platform to build on.

Recommendation:
Paul Collingwood top England batsman - 6/1
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top West Indies batsman - 7/2

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