Welcome to Betting.Betfair’s live blog for what promises to be a fascinating First Test in Chennai. I’ve taken a look at the series markets here, with tips for this Test available to view here
Early doors, of course. But this wicket looks full of runs. Moving on from that data below about, first-innings runs at this ground let’s look at the innings runs market on the exchange.
England are 1.865/6 for 325 or more. That really shouldn’t be beyond them. On this surface. For 350 or more they are 2.13. We wouldn’t by shy about taking, either.
Ishant and Jasprit are bowling at a decent lick but Sibley and Burns have noted there is minimal lateral movement. Ishant ahs managed to get one to leap and bounce. The real challenge is to come when Ravi Ashwin takes the hard cherry.
Let’s shout numbers at you now.
Here are the first two innings scores from the last four Test matches, dating back to 2008 (we’re reluctant to go back further for obvious reasons.
477 – 759
The 477 by England batting first. They still lost by an innings. Ouchy.
380 – 572
Australia batted first. And lost.
316 – 241
England batted first. And lost.
540 – 627
A stalemate as South Africa dug in.
India have picked a trio of tweakers in their previous two at the venue. Remember, England were well beaten there in 2016. Combining the last two Tests (the other against Australia), 66% of wickets have fallen to spin. Ravi Ashwin is India’s spin king.
They have done so again. Ravi Ashwin, Washington Sundar and Shabaz Nadeem, the slow left-armer, get the gig.
England have resisted the urge to recall Moeen Ali. Instead they combine Jack Leach and Dom Bess. Joifra Archer will be used as a shock bowler alongside fellow pacer James Anderson.
Huge boost for England to bat first, then. And that suits our betting strategy as discussed in our match preview (link above). We can take a nibble on the draw at 5.004/1 as we reckon that’s where we could see the most significant movement if England can knuckle down.
Ahoy there. Welcome to the bleary-eyed, betting hours. Things can go askew at this sort of hour so we’re here to guide you through the odds and the action.
Without further ado, let’s deal with the big one – the toss. England have won the toss and chosen to bat.
Now for the odds, India have taken a drift out to 1.705/7, England into 4.407/2 and the draw is 5.309/2.
The teams are as follows:
England 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Rory Burns, 3 Dan Lawrence, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Ollie Pope, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Dom Bess, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Jack Leach, 11 James Anderson
India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Shahbaz Nadeem, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Jasprit Bumrah