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India v England - First ODI Cricket Betting Tips

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England take on India in the first of five One Day Internationals on Friday and it should be a cracking encounter in Rajkot. The two sides are up there with the best of them when at the top of their game, but both have been unpredictable in the 50 over format of the game recently.

The Three Lions will come back to India in very good spirits though as they managed to win the Test series against the Indian’s in the latter stages of 2012 and then draw the Twenty20’s 1-1 thanks to a great knock from stand-in captain, Eoin Morgan.

 

England take on India in the first of five One Day Internationals on Friday and it should be a cracking encounter in Rajkot. The two sides are up there with the best of them when at the top of their game, but both have been unpredictable in the 50 over format of the game recently.

The Three Lions will come back to India in very good spirits though as they managed to win the Test series against the Indian’s in the latter stages of 2012 and then draw the Twenty20’s 1-1 thanks to a great knock from stand-in captain, Eoin Morgan.

Alastair Cook takes the reins again for these five matches and if he can produce the kind of form that he did in the Test matches, then England will be in very safe hands. You won’t see Cook smashing the ball all over the park, but he will play proper cricket shots and score at a decent rate.

He doesn’t have to be destructive at the top of the order either, as long as the skipper accumulates runs then the likes of Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter and most importantly, Kevin Pietersen can all play their natural game.

With the ball, England have to cope without James Anderson and Stuart Broad in Rajkot, so someone like Tim Bresnan or Steven Finn have to show their international qualities and lead the attack from the front. In the warm-up matches, which ended in two defeats for the visitors, it is with the ball where they struggled.

As for India, nothing other than a series win will do here after they were defeated 2-1 by Pakistan earlier in the month. For an Indian fan, there is nothing worse than losing to their rivals and Mahindra Singh Dhoni is under a lot of pressure here.

The home side did win the final encounter against Pakistan, so they might have a little bit of momentum coming into this one and a win is most certainly needed on Friday.

Dhoni has to beat his best with the bat and set an example to the rest of the team and hope that his experience can help this fairly young squad claim a victory.

The conditions are sure to be key and spin bowling is likely to play a big part once more. Friday’s match should be a thrilling one and if both teams play how we know they can, then we are in for a close-fought battle.

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