England v India Fifth Test: Over £100m matched on Exchange after final day drama

India's Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant scored a rapid fire century as India fought back on the final day
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More than £100m was matched on the Betfair Exchange match odds market for the England v India Fifth Test as the tourists staged a final day fightback, making it the second largest Test market of all time. Dan Thomas has the details...

"Exchange punters began to believe the impossible was possible and India were matched as low as [6.0] with the draw coming into [2.1] from a high of [28.0] with tens of millions being matched each session. England, meanwhile, drifted out to [2.32] as the bowlers continued to toil."

After Virat Kohli - the key Indian wicket throughout the series - was dismissed for a Golden Duck late on day four, leaving India 2 for 3 chasing 464, England were matched as low as [1.03] with the tourists going out to the Exchange maximum, of [1000.0].

With an England win surely in the the bag then, the only issue on day five would be whether Jimmy Anderson could overtake Glenn McGrath in the all time wickets list, with the 36-year-old needing just one to go to 564.

But KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant had different ideas. They compiled an extraordinary 204-run partnership, smashing the ball to all parts for the first two sessions meaning that, at Tea, India needed 166 to win, off 33 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Exchange punters began to believe the impossible was possible and India were matched as low as [6.0] with the draw coming into [2.1] from a high of [28.0] with tens of millions being matched each session. England, meanwhile, drifted out to [2.32] as the bowlers continued to toil.

Adil Rashid eventually made the breakthrough before Sam Curran and the record breaking Anderson finished off the job. In total, £105.6m was matched on the match odds, the second biggest Test Match market of all time behind Pakistan v Sri Lanka last year, which traded £109m.

The Oval Test, of course, marked the retirement of Alastair Cook and it led to some movement on the Sports Personality of the Year market, with the Essex man coming in to a low of [13.0], from [400.0].

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