England will be looking to draw their four match series with India level from Friday when the second Test gets underway from Mumbai. In the first encounter, it was an all too familiar story for the Three Lions as an inability to play spin and accumulate runs in the first innings left them with it all to do and they ended up going 1-0 down with a nine wicket defeat.
Now, Alistair Cook knows his men must put in a big first innings score in this one to give England any sort of chance. The bowlers’ need runs to play with so they can attack and look to take all 20 wickets.
So, which man can set the example to the rest of the team and be the leading scorer for the tourist’s in this one?
At the moment it is Captain Cook who is the favourite to score the most runs in Mumbai as he has odds of 3/1 with Boylesports. The skipper was superb in the second innings at Ahmedabad, scoring a massive 176 and showed that he is more than capable of scoring runs in these conditions.
Then you have Kevin Pietersen, who has a betting bonus of 4/1 to be the top batsman for England in this one. The first Test was not a comeback to remember for Pietersen and he really does have a point to prove this time out.
The other man to come out of the opening match with his head held high was Matt Prior as he managed to score 48 and 91. The England wicket-keeper is being offered at 9/1 with William Hill to be the main man for his side with the bat in this one.
The likes of Jonathan Trott, Nick Compton and Jonny Bairstow are all available between 9/2 and 8/1.