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Nic Ladds 16th Nov 2008 - 19:20

Singh when you're winning

England will be praying Yuvraj hits a bum note as the second ODI approaches.

Kevin Pietersen will be hoping Yuvraj Singh is not in the same mood as he was in the first one day international. When Singh scored the fastest ODI century by an opposition player against England.

His astonishing 138 off 78 balls helped condemn the Three Lions to a 158 run defeat and leave the Indians warm 2/5 favourites to repeat the victory with England at 7/4.

Pietersen and England could only stand back and watch in awe as India smashed boundary after boundary on their way to the mammoth total. Pietersen had nothing but praise for India but is confident England will bounce back in Indore:

"They played super cricket, you've got to say well done. You've got to go over what you've done not so well and regroup. There are six games left and we want to bring some real good cricket to Indore".
 
England will be looking to their captain to lead from the front. Pietersen weighed in with a respectable 63 to top score for England in the first match and can be backed at 11/4 to repeat the feat.

After the top order collapse the captain will be looking to the rest of his team to shoulder some responsibility with him and a hero's innings from Andrew Flintoff would arrive at the perfect time. The all-rounder can be backed at 6/1 for top England batsman

Yuvraj Singh will certainly have his supporters for India top batsman after such an impressive display last time and at 4/1 if Singh turns up in anything like the form he's shown then that price will seem huge come the end of the game.

England will surely have learnt from some of their mistakes in the last game and will be determined not to suffer such a humiliating defeat again. They would not be priced anywhere near 7/4 had the margin of victory not been so great.

Winning the toss could hold the key to this match as England would be much better off batting first before the searing heat drains them too much as appeared to happen in the last match.

This will be a true test of England's resilience and of their ability to bounce back. There are still six matches to go in this series which gives England plenty of time to turn things around instead of slumping to a thrashing.

With the Ashes coming up next year it would do the team's confidence the world of good if they can turn things around and make this a real battle.

This certainly isn't the first time England cricket team have tasted heavy defeat and it is how they respond that will see if they have learnt from the failings of teams in the past.

 
 
 

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