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England favourites to square series at Headingley

Watson powers Chennai to IPL glory

Imam-ul-Haq of Pakistan hits the ball past James Anderson
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England are favourites to square their two-Test series against Pakistan at Headingley despite an abject performance in their nine-wicket defeat at Lord's.

The home side were polished off within 90 minutes of the fourth day after their second innings was curtailed for just 242, leaving Pakistan needing a mere 64 to win.

The tourists had been 5-1 shots for the first match and can be backed at 11-4 to repeat their success in Yorkshire.

England are a general 8-13 but it's hard to see there being much interest at that mark after thier limp display in the capital.

Shane Watson smashed a brilliant unbeaten 117 off 57 balls to win the IPL final for Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

Chennai, who had beaten table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first playoff match, had looked behind the pace after losing Faf du Plessis for just 10 early in their reply to the Sunrisers' competitive tally of 178-6.

But Watson took the game away from Hyderabad with eight sixes and 11 fours to secure the title with nine balls to spare.

Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Durham, Yorkshire , Somerset, Kent and Surrey won their games in the One-Day Cup on Sunday. Gloucestershire v Sussex was abandoned.

Worcestershire and Hampshire head the two divisions with every team having played four or five group games.


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