India looked in relatively good shape when the rain finally put an end to the first game in Trinidad. The run rate was modest when they reached 199-3 in the fortieth over but this wasn’t an easy track to score on and there were wickets in hand to harness and drive towards a decent total.
The series, therefore, remains all square and there is little change in the markets going into Sunday’s second match.
India lead the way by some distance in the result markets and you can currently back Virat Kohli’s men at 1.25 with Bet365 for Sunday. West Indies are at a top price of 4.70 with Betfair but the first thing to note is the weather. The forecast is even worse for this tie with heavy rain expected through the day so if there is any play, the toss could become absolutely crucial.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, India just look too strong for their hosts but you may want to wait until Sunday morning and see what the weather really holds.
Match Odds Summary: West Indies 4.70 (Betfair), India 1.25 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick)
Our tip Shikhar Dhawan made 87 in that first match and was looking set to give us a profit in that top batsman bet before the rain fell. Dhawan is a little shorter for this match at odds of 4.00 with Bet365 while Virat Kohli leads this market at 3.50 with Bet365 again.
Ajinkya Rahane was restored to the side and also made a half century and he can be picked up at 4.50 with Bet365. Yuvraj Singh at 7.50 and MS Dhoni at 10.00 – both with Bet365 – provide the value further down the order but we see no reason to shift from Dhawan who is in a brilliant run of form that started in the Champions Trophy.
We didn’t get the chance to see the West Indies bat so once again we won’t deviate from our previous tip. Roston Chase looks a good value option at a top price of 10.00 with Bet365. Shai Hope and Evin Lewis both go off as favourites at best odds of 5.00 with Bet365 again while Jonathan Carter is a slightly better priced option at 6.00 – also with Bet365.
There are some decent options down the order there but 10.00 for Roston Chase is an exceptional price for a man who was in good touch against Pakistan recently.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: West Indies: Lewis 5.00 (Bet365), Hope 5.00 (Bet365), Carter 6.00 (Bet365), Chase 10.00 (Bet365).
India: 3.50 (Bet365), Dhawan 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Rahane 4.50 (Bet365), Yuvraj 7.50 (Bet365), Dhoni 10.00 (Bet365).
Other Side Bets
It’s the weekend and the bookies have been a little slow to react to Friday’s match so, at the time of writing, there aren’t as many side markets open as you might expect. India’s top bowler market remains a favourite of ours and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at 4.00 with Bet365 would be the tip ahead of the two spinners – Ravi Jadeja at 4.33 with Bet365 and R Ashwin at 4.50 with Bet365.
You can also get a relatively decent price of 1.80 on any batter from either side to score a century. Once again, that figure is with Bet365 but with the weather forecast looking so bad we’ll skip it. Instead, as we didn’t see our third tip get a chance to play out last time, we’ll stick with the most sixes betting where the Windies are excellent value at odds of 2.50 as opposed to India’s miserly 1.76 – both with Bet365.
Most Sixes Odds Summary: West Indies 2.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), India 1.76 (Bet365), The Tie 7.00 (Bet365).
It’s tough to preview when weather forecasts are so bad: Frequently the predictions aren’t as terrible as suggested so hopefully we will get something approaching a full game on Sunday. If we do, then India look in good enough form to take a series lead but it could all come down to the toss and Duckworth Lewis Stern.