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Can England Halter India’s Historic Run?

With only two days left in the fifth and final Test between India and England in Chennai the odds are heavily stacked for another draw if anything, with India currently trailing England’s first innings score of 477 by only 86 runs with 6 wickets in hand.

However, KL Rahul, who fell one short of a maiden double-hundred with stumps imminent had ensured India were the likelier of the two sides to force a win over the last two days.

Currently at stumps is Karun Nair standing on 71 with Murali Vijay on 17, who came in at six instead of his usual position at the top of the order thanks to a shoulder injury sustained while fielding. By the close of play on day 3 these two were scoring at a very high rate and could propel India into a match winning position by the end of day 4, specially with the Indian spinners who are more than likely to entice more life out of the Chepauk soil than their England counterparts come England’s second innings.

Sadly, Virat Kholi did not come off, having being tipped at odds of 1.75 to score a first innings fifty. Nor did Cheteshwar Pujara, who was tipped at 1.90 to also score a fifty before the match started. Vijay however still has a chance to impress, being backed with odds of 5.80.

England on the other hand will need their skipper to step up in the second innings after only scoring 10 in the first and is staring down the barrel as this is most likely his last stint at the helm of the three lions. Joe Root, who is being tipped to take over the captaincy from Cook, would also need to come off good after his 88 first innings runs if the want to avoid India from winning the series 4-0.

With so much to still happen over the following two days it is hard to make a decisive call on a win or a draw for whomever, as sport has its own way and not always our way.

Can England bat long enough on a pitch which will be exploited by the spinning wizards of India or can Virat Kohli’s men become the first Indian team to go unbeaten in 18 matches if they can avoid defeat in Chennai.

One thing is for sure, this game is bound to go down to the wire and if you are a cricket betting person then you can’t afford to miss a single beat of the action and drama.

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