England cut for series success

  • Last Updated: November 26 2012, 10:01 GMT

Sky Bet have slashed England's odds on claiming a first Test series victory in India for 27 years from 12/1 to 100/30 after they levelled the series at 1-1.

Pietersen and Cook helped England win the second Test.
Pietersen and Cook helped England win the second Test.

The tourists defied pre-match odds of 4/1 to triumph by 10 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium, with Kevin Pietersen and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar doing plenty of the damage.

Pietersen was named man-of-the-match after a sensational first innings 186, while Panesar warranted his return to the side with an 11-wicket haul in Mumbai and is now 5/4 to be England's top wicket-taker of the series, with Graeme Swann the 4/7 favourite as he leads the way with 14.

Captain Alastair Cook took also his series runs total to 388 with a third successive century and an 18 not out.

He is now 1/5 to be England's top run scorer ahead of Pietersen (100/30), while the skipper is 16/1 for back-to-back centuries in the third and fourth Tests.

Sky Bet cricket trader Tom Warburton said: "England outclassed India on a pitch which was largely constructed for the home side's benefit.

"The market price reflects India as strong favourites still for the series, however, we'll be looking to avoid taking England on after this performance."

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