India 1/6 for Series Victory

  • Last Updated: November 19 2012, 16:11 GMT

India are 1/6 to win the series having secured a nine-wicket victory over England in the first of four Test matches.

Alastair Cook is 2/5 to top score for England

Having declared for 521 in their first innings India were in command throughout the Ahmedabad Test and England's brief resistance ended early on the final day when first Matt Prior and then Alastair Cook lost their wickets.

With England eventually all out for 406, India were left to chase a target of just 77 and knocked it off in just 15.3 overs for the loss of one wicket.

Ladbrokes reacted with a 9/2 quote about India winning the series 4-0, with a 3-0 win considered the most likely outcome at 3/1 with the same firm and 11/4 elsewhere.

Sky Bet and bet365 go 9/2 about a 2-0 victory, Paddy Power quote 20/1 that the remaining three Tests are stalemates which would give India a 1-0 win, while 2-1 and 3-1 verdicts can be backed at 11/2 and 8/1 respectively.

England are out to 16/1 for the series with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power, both of whom quote 7/1 about an outright draw, while the latter offer 100/1 that the visitors win the remaining three Tests.

Sky Bet make England 12/1 and are 9/2 with the online bookmaker to bounce back with a victory, while India are available at 10/11 and the draw 13/8.

India are 1/8 to complete a series win and they are available at 4/1 for a series whitewash 4-0 success such was the impressive nature of their showing with bat and ball in the opening Test. A drawn series is on offer at 13/2.

Sky Bet cricket trader Damon Blezard commented: "England weren't great it has to be said but they should be better for the experience and were certainly much better with the bat second time around in the 1st Test.

"Changes are on the cards too with Johnny Bairstow coming in for the absent Ian Bell who is returning home for personal reasons and I expect Monty Panesar to boost the spin attack.

"Having said that the extra bounce in Mumbai should suit us and we won there on the 2005/06 tour when Jimmy Anderson took six wickets.

"On that occasion England scored 400 in the first innings and their first knock will again be the key as well as winning the toss!"

Having scored 217 runs in the first Test, Cook is a standout 2/5 favourite to be England's top batsman with BetVictor and as short as 1/4 elsewhere, with 6/1 chance Prior considered his main threat.

Graeme Swann's six wickets have seen him cut to a best of 1/2 to be England's top bowler and the emphasis on spin bowling means Monty Panesar is 4/1 second-favourite despite not having featured in the first Test.