A point for both South Africa and Australia in a rain-ruined game on Sunday leaves West Indies needing to win at least one of their remaining matches to reach the final.
Certainly, victory over Australia will see the host nation overtake Steve Smith’s men and in a very unpredictable series, they have every chance of doing just that.
Match Odds & Game Preview
Prices have been very slow to come in after the weekend washout and many bookies are still setting their odds. Predictably however, they have installed Australia as clear favourites at 1.40 with Bet365 while the Windies are out at 3.00 with Bet365 and 888Sport.
Betting Tip: It’s worth remembering that the West Indies have already beaten a very inconsistent Australian side in this tournament and they have two victories in total so they can’t be written off. There is also the threat of further rain and a possible Duckworth Lewis intervention so it’s not as clear as the prices suggest but on a Bridgetown pitch that should aid the quicker bowlers, we’re siding with the Aussies.
If you were looking for any pointers at all from the one over played on Sunday you may have noticed how Mitchell Starc struggled with his radar. Three wides and an unease with his landing could possibly negate the left armer who is arguably Australia’s key player but you can’t read too much into nine deliveries, we feel that Starc will make the difference for the tourists here.
Top Batsmen Betting Picks
David Warner’s injury could have ended Australia’s hopes in this series but there have been signs that Usman Khawaja is getting back to the form that he showed prior to the IPL. Khawaja starts in Australia’s top batsman betting at 4.25 with 888Sport while Captain Steve Smith is the bookies’ favourite at 4.00 with Bet365.
Betting Pick: Aaron Finch is at an attractive price of 4.50 with Bet365 while there is some excellent value further down with Glenn Maxwell listed at 8.00 with 888Sport, but I just feel that Khawaja will kick on from here and show the type of form displayed when he got back into the international set up last year.
West Indian top batsman odds show Darren Bravo ahead at 4.50 with 888Sport but after top scoring against Australia in that previous match, the most attractive price is with Marlon Samuels at 5.50. Samuels is a strange player at times and his calm nature almost makes him look disinterested before he jumps back to life with another brilliant innings.
Betting Pick: You can also look at Kieron Pollard at 8.00 with Bet365 or Johnson Charles at 5.00 with Bet365. I’m tempted by Samuels but Darren Bravo usually gives a return at least once in the series and he is due a score on Tuesday.
Other Bet Tips
West Indies to hit the most sixes will usually drop in, even if they lose a game, but they are perhaps too short for this one at 1.77 with 888Sport.
Bettin Tip: Australia will tend to keep the ball on the floor and without Warner they become less likely to take this but maybe a big innings from Maxwell or Finch will swing it. Australia certainly provide the value here at 2.50 with Bet365.
Betting Tip: But for a final tip I’ll come back to the man who I think will be the key player. Mitchell Starc to return best bowling figures for Australia can be taken at 3.75 with Bet365 and you can even consider the paceman at 9.00 with Bet365 to claim the Man of the Match award.
Above all we hope that the weather is good for Tuesday’s match and in a full game, Australia should take it but there are some more interesting prices among the side bets.
In the News
 espncricinfo.com, Up-and-down Australia face must-win situation, 2016