THE EDGE: Our cricket tipster The Edge previews Sunday’s 3rd T20 between ENGLAND v INDIA with a recommended BETDAQ bet.
It’s a very quick turnaround on Sunday as England and India clash in the 3rd T20! India won the series with another very impressive display with the bat and ball on Saturday in Edgbaston, and now we do battle at Trent Bridge. India have been exceptionally impressive with the ball so far this series – they have had two very big wins and let’s not forget how good this England batting line-up is too. You can hardly fault India to be honest, and it’s easy to see why they are now big favourites on Betdaq Betting Exchange to land the series 3-0. Essentially this is a dead rubber but it’s not even going to be close to a dead rubber to the players, it would hurt England to lose 3-0 and India know it.
Despite the two impressive wins from India, all the media attention is still on Virat Kohli. I was very surprised to see such a firm stance by the BCCI heading into this series, basically saying if he doesn’t score on this tour he will be kicked out of the T20 side. To treat a superstar like Kohli like that is strange, but things haven’t been plain sailing with Kohli since the whole they-said-he-said situation when he lost the captaincy. The reality is as well India have a wealth of talent with their T20 squad because of the IPL, and if he’s not playing a part they can’t afford to carry him in the middle order with all the talented hitters they have.
The biggest problem India have is who to play, because they have such a strong T20 squad. They could lose three batters and still have a world class side. Their bowling has been very impressive too, and Bumrah and Jadeja coming back into the side just made them stronger on Saturday. England have a lot of work on their hands here, and they simply need better performances with the bat. Roy and Buttler have failed twice now at the top of the order – they can’t afford to fail again.
WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:
Trent Bridge is usually a high scoring venue, and we’ve had some incredibly high scoring games here. It has been no different in the T20 Blast here this season – we have had scored of 178/7, 261/2, 247/6 and 183/8. Batting first seems to give a slight edge, the chasing side are always going to be under pressure here – however Nottinghamshire did chase down the 183/8 in 17 overs in their final game here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a score of 200+ for the side batting first, and given we have had two massive scores here don’t rule out 230+ either if batting conditions look superb!
I felt England offered a shade of value in the 2nd T20 and got that one badly wrong. Having watched the first two games, it’s actually hard to see England winning this one. I feel the percentage call is a small play on India at 1.8 and look to get on a little bigger in-play at the right moment. Their bowling has looked exceptional thus far, and England have no answers. If they can keep on top of the England openers it’s very hard for England to get back into the game – Roy and Buttler are huge wickets, especially in the powerplay. All India have to do is repeat the same type of performances and they should get the job done here.
The Edge Says:
One point win India to beat England at 1.8 with Betdaq Exchange.
View the market here -> https://betdaq.biz/EngInd3
Looking at the data from the T20 Blast here, I would suggest getting on the side who bats first is a nice tactic here. There are some elements to worry about though – if that is England then the openers have failed twice and I wouldn’t be rushing to support them. If India bat first, I would be surprised if we didn’t see a score of 200+ given the conditions here this season. It paid to take on Virat Kohli again in the 2nd T20 and we landed a nice trade there – I’m happy to take him on again here. Long-term it might not be a bad thing for him if he was dropped – he looks in need of a break from this set-up, but obviously dropping him will be a massive talking point all around the cricket world.