In one of the finest games of cricket the ODI World Cup has ever hosted, England did their chances no harm thanks to a fighting draw with India.
Set 339 to win thanks to a brilliant 120 from Sachin Tendulkar, England, under the guidance of Andrew Strauss – whose incredible 158 from 145 balls is the highest score by and Englishman in World Cup history – managed to tie the match with the last ball of the game.
As a result England remain unbeaten in their World Cup group having drawn with the pre-tournament 3/1 favourites, and Strauss’ men are now 7/1 from 8/1 to win the World Cup.
India’s tremendous batting performance has seen them trimmed into 11/4 and they hold the outright favouritism from South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia at 9/2.
Punters buoyed by England’s performance can see a return of £200 if they back England to win the World Cup with a £25 stake, and new customers to Ladbrokes.com can sign up here for a free £25 bet.
Strauss is the man of the moment for England and his man of the match performance has seen him slashed in the World Cup top runscorer betting, and the English opener know heads the market at 3/1.
Tendulkar is available at 10/1 with Virender Sehwag the second favourite at 4/1, but with plenty of games left to play in the World Cup, the top runscorer market is one betting market that is offering punters plenty of value.
Ireland are up next for England and with the confidence that is now flowing through the English side, it’s hard to see the Irish upsetting their neighbours.
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