Bangladesh gave a spirited, accomplished display on Saturday to secure their first ever victory over England and level the three-match series 1-1. It is therefore surprising the bookies have made England such strong odds-on favourites to win the final game, with a best price of 1/8 with Ladbrokes. Bangladesh are 6/1 with Victor Chandler to muster another victory and these odds are worthy of serious consideration.
Jonathan Trott gave an impressive display with the bat and can be backed at 5/1 (Stan James) to be England’s highest scorer again, while Imrul Kayes survived a catching chance to make a commendable 76 for the visitors. He can be backed to be the top Bangladesh batsman at 5/1 with Ladbrokes.
Apart from Kayes and Trott, who fell just six runs short of his century, the batting on display was far from overwhelming. With both sides looking to improve their staying power at the crease, the 2/1 offered by William Hill about a century being scored is worth a look.
England’s wickets were taken by five Bangladeshi bowlers, with two apiece to their name. You can back the talented Abdur Razzak to be the visitor’s top bowler at 4/1 with bet365. For England, Ajmal Shahzad impressed with the ball taking 3 for 41 runs. Backing him to be the host’s top wicket taker once again could prove rewarding, especially at 5/1 with bet365.
With the final match promising to be more of a contest than many had thought, back Bangladesh to score more runs than England in their first 15 overs at 15/8 with Victor Chandler. A week ago not many would consider such a bet, but suddenly it seems a tempting prospect.