With many of their best players absent, West Indies were widely expected to fold in the first game of this series but a mature batting performance from Kieron Pollard, following on from Sunil Narine’s six wicket haul, saw them upset the odds against South Africa.
Now, Jason Holder’s men face an even tougher test with Australia, on this same Providence surface.
Match Odds & Game Preview
The result market for Sunday’s game is a predictable one but the West Indies gave us several reasons why we should be less confident about backing favourites Australia who start here at odds of 1.36 with Bet365.
The hosts showed a lot of resilience in chasing down an admittedly modest total of 188, but at 76-4 it was felt that they might collapse before Pollard’s knock. Then there was Narine who exploited the conditions perfectly to take 6-27 to put South Africa in such deep trouble, so there is some definite value in that West Indian win price of 3.20 with Bet365.
Like the South Africans who seemed jaded after a long tournament, many of these Australians were at the IPL but the likes of Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Marsh all returned early so are they rested or still nursing injury?
It’s an issue worth considering with David Warner and Aaron Finch among those who went through all or most of the tournament but I think the Aussies will overcome any fatigue factor and take the win.
*This was our preview of West Indies vs South Africa.
Top Batsmen Betting Picks
If you’d followed the IPL closely then you may well have made a constant profit on Warner with the Sunrisers, and if he carries that form into Sunday’s game, the left hander will deliver again at 3.75 with Bet365. Regular opening partner Finch also enjoyed a productive tournament but struggled with niggling injuries at times and should perhaps be avoided at 4.00 with Bet365.
Other options include Steve Smith at 5.00 with Bet365 but we should perhaps exclude Glenn Maxwell from the equation. The fact that the all rounder has said we wants to work on his bowling is an indication of his poor form with the bat, although some will surely be tempted at 7.00 with Bet365 again.
For the Windies, perhaps we should have taken notice of Pollard after some exceptional displays for Mumbai, but his was a patient innings against South Africa at exactly a run a ball. Pollard goes off here at 6.50 with Bet365 in a market where Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels are the joint favourites.
Of the two, Bravo was the more solid on Friday but Samuels tends to raise his game against the bigger opponents so we’ll give him one more try at odds of 4.50 with Bet365.
Other Bet Tips
Our one profit from Friday’s opening match came in the six hitting market where Pollard was the only man on either side to clear the rope. We see fewer maximums in the ODI arena and there are unlikely to be many on a difficult surface but we’re siding with the Windies again as the marginal outside bet at 2.10 with Bet365.
In contrast, Australia may be a better option for the Powerplay bet as most of their faster scorers will be appearing inside that first 15 overs. Warner and Finch will start things off against a more pedestrian Windies top order so let’s take the Aussies here at a short price of 1.57 with Bet365.
It’s always tough at the start of any series as the Windies proved against South Africa and there is a definite chance of another shock here. Pollard was the main hero but Narine is the key on this helpful wicket and while it’s tempting to back another shock, we feel that Australia will handle the spin more effectively and go on to claim the points.
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In the News
 indianexpress.com, After spin show, David Warner anchors Australia to win over West Indies, 2016