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England v India: Twenty20 betting guide

30/8/2011
As England face India for an International Twenty20, Russ Wiseman of Sportingbet, English cricket’s best bet, has looked ahead to the Old Trafford match

England secured their 4-0 series whitewash against India at the Oval and now the two nations meet in the shorter Twenty20 format for only the third time in their history. This is the only T20 between England and India before they head into the ODI series. With the match being played at Old Trafford, players can expect a pitch renowned for its lively pace and bounce.

The tourists have struggled with England’s bowling attack throughout the series and the Three Lions will be looking to inflict further damage on the Indians in Manchester. An 11 run victory in a rain-affected ODI game against Ireland saw that the Three Lions continued their fine run of victories. England also chose to rest a number of regular starters, so there should be no concern with tiredness.

Andy Flower’s side are not only the world number one Test team, but also the current T20 world cup holders. The Three Lions will not be taking this lightly though as India won the ODI world cup back in March this year.

England have only met India once before in T20 on their own turf and they just scraped home by three runs two years ago at Lord’s. Captained by young Stuart Broad this time, the side will be looking to keep the pressure on India and punters can get 4/6 with Sportingbet for England to claim their second T20 victory over their next opponents.

The only other T20 meeting between these two nations was in South Africa in 2007 and India came through that one by 18 runs. Interestingly, England have actually lost their last two T20 matches since lifting the world title and with that people might be keen to back India to win at around 6/5 with Sportingbet.

England will be looking for another key performance from Eoin Morgan, who has been one of the star performers at this level. Morgan also played well in the ODI against his home nation last weekend and scored 59 runs. The Irishman has averaged over 50 runs in his past two years in T20 for England and he’ll be worth backing at 4/1 to finish as top batsman for his side.

India comfortably beat the Leicestershire Foxes in the final preparation match by 15 runs, notching a total of 161. However, England remain the world champions and India’s form on this tour cannot be ignored, so it’s difficult to back against the hosts.

RUSS WISEMAN’S BEST SPORTINGBETS:

Back England to win: 4/6
Back Morgan to be top England batsman: 4/1
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