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India avoid Test series whitewash against England

Wed, Aug 29, 11:59am by Staff Writer

India got on the board in their best-of-five Test series against England after winning the third Test at Trent Bridge by 203 runs.

The result ensures that England won’t complete a series whitewash, with the result a surprise given India’s heavy defeat in the second Test.

The visitors are $2.75 to win the fourth Test in Southampton starting on Thursday, with England $1.95 favourites. The draw is paying $5.35 at Sportsbet.

Their third Test win was only India’s seventh in England. After the first innings, England managed only 161 runs, with India’s total of 329 runs more than doubling the visitors’ tally.

The England first innings stumbled after the half century, with two wickets in as many balls dismissing Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook Jos Buttler top-scored for the hosts with 39 runs in an otherwise dour performance.

Virat Kohli fell just three runs short of a century, dismissed for 97 runs after facing 152 balls. Ajinkya Rahane added 81 runs for India, how had a commanding lead at the innings break.

India declared during their second innings at 7/352. Kohli secured the century that had eluded him in the first innings, scoring 103 runs from 197 balls before being bowled by Chris Woakes.

England’s uphill task was not aided by their top order, with four wickets falling from 62 runs inside 26 overs.

Jos Buttler was again England’s best with the bat, notching 106 runs from 176 balls. Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets in the second innings to lead the way with the ball.

India needed less than three overs to wrap up play on the fifth day, and have clawed back from a two game deficit to trail 2-1 in the series, with two matches to play.

Joe Root is the shortest priced of the England players to top score with the bat in the first innings. He is priced at $3.75, with Alastair Cook priced at $5.

Virat Kohli leads the way for India at $2.88, with Cheteshwar Pujara ($4.50) and Hamuna Vihari ($6) the next two shortest priced.

James Anderson is the favourite to claim man of the match honours at $10, with Joe Root ($10) and Stuart Broad ($11) the other Englishmen that are sure to feature.

England is $1.30 to win the series and will need a win in either Southampton or the fifth Test at the Oval to claim series honours.

India is $6 to claim an unlikely comeback victory. The draw is $6.50.

England to win the series 3-2 is the shortest price of the series correct score market at $2.63. England to win 4-1 is $4 at Sportsbet.

England v India Odds – Sportsbet

Series Winner

England $1.30 Draw $6.50 India $6

Fourth Test

England $1.95 Draw $5.35 India $2.75

Correct Series Score

England 4-1 $4

England 3-2 $2.63

England 3-1 $5.50

Draw 2-2 $6.50

India 3-2 $6

Top First Innings England Runscorer

Joe Root $3.75

Alastair Cook $5

James Vince $6

Keaton Jennings $6.50

Top First Innings India Runscorer

Virat Kohli $2.88

Cheteshwar Pujara $4.50

Hamuna Vihari $6

KL Rahul $6

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