One Day International betting preview: England v India at Lord's

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Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav

India have made an impressive start to their tour of England and Richard Mann expects further success for Virat Kohli's men at Lord's on Saturday.

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Having triumphed 2-1 in the T20 series, India made a bloodless start to the ODI equivalent when running out handsome winners at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Once again, England had no answers to Kuldeep Yadav's wrist-spin and Rohit Sharma backed up the former's six wickets with a glorious unbeaten century as the tourists cruised home by eight wickets.

Having been so dominant against Australia earlier in the summer, the last few weeks will have come as a rude awakening for Eoin Morgan's England side who clearly have a few issues to address.

Joe Root's place at number three has suddenly come under closer scrutiny having looked nothing more than a spare part in the T20s and another low score in Nottingham will have left him looking over his shoulder.

It is to be hoped that England stick with him because for all the power and aggression this batting line-up can boast, one feels that they still need Root's solidity and calm head in times of trouble.

Joe Root bats during the 2nd Vitality International T20 match between England and India
Joe Root finds himself under pressure

With the recent hot spell leaving wickets throughout the country devoid of grass and offering little assistance to the seamers, England's age-old problem of missing a genuinely quick bowler or mystery spinner has once again reared its ugly head.

Adil Rashid was easily the pick of the home attack in Nottingham but fellow spinner Moeen Ali was treat with contempt by Sharma and Kohli while the pace bowlers offered no threat whatsoever.

In contrast, India boast two exciting young spinners in Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal and though it has been the former who has grabbed the headlines on the tour so far, the latter has played his part and should be among the wickets soon.

India's powerhouse batting has been led by the supremely gifted Sharma but Lokesh Raul made a thrilling hundred of his own in the opening T20 at Old Trafford while Kohli looks to be ticking along nicely and he batted really well for his 75 at Trent Bridge.

With experienced campaigners Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and the dangerous Hardik Pandya forming a formidable middle order, India look to have most bases covered and odds of 4/5 for them to win in London appear generous.

Posted at 1630 BST on 13/07/18.

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