India v England Live Blog: All the latest from the Betfair markets on Day 1



Welcome to Betting.Betfair’s live blog for the second Test in Chennai. Can England increase their lead? Will India improve after a disastrous display in game one? Our full match preview is here while there are some big prices to avail yourself of in our side markets preview here


India 16-1

The big question here is: at what stage do I got and make a cuppa. I’m not afraid of missing the action. I fear the light-sleeping habits of a six-year-old. And I can hear her stirring. Wondering what would be a bigger disaster, Chet Pujara retiring hurt after a nasty bang on the finger or her wondering in now and being irritating as hell for the next three hours?


BET India 16-1Ok. Another Rohit drive for four. Have seen enough. India are 1.9010/11 for 375 or more. That’s a three point bet right there.


India 10-1

I know we’re only four overs in but this wicket looks like a road in the first-innings. There is zip and shape with the new ball but see that off and you should be on for a big one.Rhoti, as is his wont, likes to plant his front foot and drive through off without fear. He’s done it a couple of times now. A clear sign that it’s a true surface.


WICKET India 0-1

Worst possible start for India. Gill has shouldered arms to a straight one. Nothing pitch-related in that one to Stone. It’s a bad error of judgement. Surely India cannot be as chaotic as they were in the first Test? Pujara in. 1.528/15 India, 7.06/1 England and the draw 5.204/1.


India win toss and bat

India’s innings runs are 1.9010/11 for 400 or more. https://www.betfair.com/exchange/plus/cricket/market/1.179139354 That could well be a buy. But. Patience. We need to have a look at this pitch first. It is a different soil to the first Test, blacker and crumbier. So we expect it to break up significantly early on


India win toss and bat

England have decided to ‘rest’ James Anderson. We get that from the point of view of over-exertion. But he is a finely-tuned athlete, no? One suspects England need their absolute best XI to take on in the hardest challenge in world cricket and one that rose to that challenge magnificently. The call to axe Dom Bess is bang on correct, though. England have taken him out of the firing line before something unpleasant happens.
We’ve got a couple of wagers of note for this India innings – backing Virat Kohli and Chet Pujara for runs. The explanations are here.
They are underrated for centuries at 7/2 and 6/1 respectively. Here are the win rates for top India batsman…

India top batsman wins/matches
Kohli 12/29
Pujara 5 t/31
Rahane 3/30
Ashwin 1/25
Pant 2/15


India win toss and bat

Welcome back to my bed (spare room obvs). Tuck yourself in for a potential rollercoaster ride (not in that way, obvs). It’s advantage India, then. Their price has collapsed immediately. They are no better than 1.491/2 with England taking a big hike to 6.205/1. The draw is 5.709/2. The pitch, according to Virat Kohli is expected to go well for day one and then take drastic turn.

India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Mohammed Siraj

England: 1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Dan Lawrence, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Ollie Pope, 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Moeen Ali, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Olly Stone, 11 Jack Leach.