England 7/2 for Series Victory

  • Last Updated: November 26 2012, 9:42 GMT

England are 7/2 to win their series in India after a thumping 10-wicket victory over the hosts was wrapped up on Monday morning.

Monty Panesar is 10/1 for another 10 wickets
Monty Panesar is 10/1 for another 10 wickets

Centuries from Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen alongside a superb return to Test cricket from Monty Panesar meant it was a straightforward win for England, who levelled the series at 1-1.

India remain favourites at a best of 20/21 to win the four-match series with Stan James, with the draw on offer at 9/4.

Sky Bet have England at 100/30, having taken the decision to keep them on-side as they go in pursuit of a first series win in India for almost three decades.

The firm's 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."

England will head into the third Test with an 11/4 chance of causing another upset according to Ladbrokes, who quote 10/1 that Panesar repeats his heroics with another 10-wicket haul.

Men of the moment Cook and Pietersen, are quoted at 12/1 to both rack up their 23rd Test centuries in Kolkata by the same firm.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "England will be full of confidence now and with the return of Bell and Finn another upset could well be on the cards."

India are 5/4 favourites for the third Test with Paddy Power and Stan James, while Coral quote England at 11/4 having been happy to lay them ahead of the second Test.

"Following their heavy defeat in the opening Test, England went into the second match largely friendless with punters, although there was some in-running support for the tourists after Panesar got his side off to a positive start," said Coral's David Stevens.

Cook is a 1/4 chance to be England's top series batsman with Ladbrokes and Stan James ahead of Pietersen at 7/2 with the latter and bet365, while Panesar is 6/4 to be the top bowler behind Graeme Swann at a standout 8/13 with BetVictor.