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India primed to wrap up series win at Edgbaston in fourth ODI

| 02.09.2014

England cannot win the ODI series with India. Following another disappointing display in coloured kit, resulting in a six-wicket win for the tourists, England only hold hopes of reigning in India’s 2-0 series lead for a draw.

To do that they must start with a win at Edgbaston in the fourth ODI, but as you’ll see from our best bets for the match below, we aren’t predicting one:

India to win – 4/5

Quite simply, India are better versed than their hosts in this form of the game and have been for a long time.

Equipped with batsmen willing to attack and spinners who leave England’s terrified to do so, MS Dhoni should have no trouble wrapping up a series win with a game to go.

Returning to the ground where they claimed an improbably Champions Trophy victory last summer, India have won on their last two visits to Edgbaston in this format, while England have lost two of their last three (the other was washed out).

Suresh Raina to score over 23.5 runs – 5/6

Raina only scored one run in that Champions Trophy final but has returned to form in this series, following up his ton in the second ODI with 42 last time out.

A modest run line of just 23.5 means backing him to better it is an easy option.

England to score more than 26.5 runs at fall of first wicket – 5/6

England’s entire game plan is to sit in early on in their innings and accelerate later on with wickets in hand.

With Alastair Cook at the top of the order to implement that and Alex Hales in form, back them to accumulate more than 26.5 runs before they’re separated.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.