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England crush India to take 2-0 Test series lead

Tue, Aug 14, 1:13pm by Staff Writer

England has won the second of their five match Test series against England at Lord’s by an innings and 159 runs and are $1.02 favourites to win the series, holding a 2-0 advantage.

India is priced at a generous $15 to win the remaining three Test matches after being hammered at Lord’s.

An England 5-0 series sweep is paying $3.50 at Sportsbet and is the shortest priced in the correct score market. England to win 4-1 is the next best at $4.

The one-sided result is in stark contrast to the first Test at Edgbaston, which the hosts won by only 31 runs.

The Indian first innings was a shambles, with the visitors losing three wickets inside the first 10 overs for a measly 15 runs.

Bowler Ravichandran Ashwin was an unlikely top runscorer for India with 29 runs, as the top five batsmen in the lineup managed only 50 runs combined.

James Anderson once again produced his best bowling at Lord’s, taking five first winnings wickets, including five maidens for only 20 runs.

The England bowling effort started shakily as the home side fell to 2-32 inside 10 overs, with Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook the early dismissals.

Chris Woakes top scored with 137 runs from 177 balls, with his performance featuring 21 fours.

Teammate Jonny Bairstow went close to his sixth Test century, scoring 93 runs before being bowled out in the 75th over.

England declared at 7-397, amassing an enormous 289 run lead at the end of the first innings.

Indian opener Murali Vijay suffered the humiliation of two ducks in the same match after he failed to get off the mark after 10 balls in the second innings.

Ashwin once again top scored for the visitors with 33 runs in a diabolical second innings.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad both snared four wickets each as England were never in doubt of losing the second Test.

The second Test was a match where nothing went India’s way. They lost the toss and were sent in to bowl on a pitch that was ready made for swing bowling. England were then fortunate to receive the best batting conditions of the Test match in their innings and capitalised.

Stuart Broad skittled the Indian middle order just before tea on the final day taking four wickets for just seven runs in a blistering spell that excited the Lord’s crowd.

The third Test begins at Trent Bridge on Saturday, with England priced as $1.52 favourites to win the match at Sportsbet.

India is a $4.35 underdog, while the draw is paying $5.70.

England v India Odds – Sportsbet

Series Winner

England $1.02 Draw $14 India $15

Correct Series Score

England 5-0 $3.50

England 4-1 $4

England 4-0 $4.50

England 3-2 $9.50

India 3-1 $501

India 3-2 $34

Third Test

England $1.52 Draw $5.70 India $4.35

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