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Rupert Wyman 11th Nov 2008 - 13:22

India to blow away England in the first ODI

England play India in the first one day international of their tour on Friday.

England look to have carried their poor Stanford Twenty20 form into the tour matches. Despite winning the first match by 122 runs the tourists succumbed to a 124 run defeat in their last warm-up match.

England's batsmen could only muster 98 runs and that was after a 34 run tenth wicket partenership. The batting certainly looks a concern but the bad nes does not stop there as among the bowling ranks there are concerns over Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad.

On current form there can only be one winner on Friday. India fresh off a 2-0 Test series victory over Australia will head into the series full of confidence and look great value at 8/13.

England are available at 6/5 but they currently look a shade of the side that performed so impressively in the summer following Kevin Pietersen's appointment as captain.

In the top batsman market Owais Shah looks the pick at 7/2. The Middlesex batsman is a clever player of spin and could well be needed to hold the batting line-up together from his all-important number three position.

The best bet for the first match must be India to score more runs in the first 15 overs than England. The home side are available at 4/7 with England at 5/4 and the draw at 20/1.

England are notorious slow starters in one day cricket and never seem to make the best use of the early powerplay overs. Ian Bell will likely open the batting with wicketkeeper Matt Prior and as a classy batsman as Bell is he doesn't really take the game to the bowlers.

Whereas India have the explosive Virender Sehwag and the in-form Gautam Gambhir opening and they should be able to take advantage of the English attack in the opening powerplay overs.


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