India v England - 5th ODI preview
England's farcical tour of India continues tomorrow in the form of the 5th One Day International from the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
India, who have already won the seven-match series, look to continue their blistering form which has seen them beat Pietersen's England in the first four asks.
India's series victory most likely accounts for the odds about England and, were it not for that fact that the series is now out of the tourists' grasp, the price would have been bigger.
This makes the betting market for the 5th ODI the most tempting so far...
India are 1/2 for a match they don't need, but insist they will still try, to win. England are 6/4 for a victory they surely need, if only to halt Thursday's tirade on the back pages.
Every match report tries to find where the faults lie in the current England team. A lack of spin attack? No specialists in terms of specifically bowling or especially batting on the sub-continent?
At odds of 11/4, expectations lean toward captain Kevin Pietersen to be England Top Batsman. Andrew Flintoff is fifth in the betting at 6/1 to achieve England's highest batting figure of the day.
Elsewhere in the betting India are favourites in our Highest Opening Partnership market which could represent value on England's 6/5 as India could make changes to the team and look to rest key members.Of the four ODI's we've seen, it's 2-2 in Highest Opening Partnerships.
After aborting today's practice session for a team meeting - Owais Shah, 4/1 for England Top Batsman, commented, "Everyone feels they are hitting the ball okay and the bowlers feel all right - you're not going to forget how to play your shots overnight just because you don't practice for one day."