It’s unlikely that even some of the more avid West Indian fans would have expected their side to still be in the series with one game to go. However, it was India’s turn to fail in their chase of a low total and as the teams head to Jamaica for Friday’s final match, the hosts have a chance of levelling things at 2-2.
The odds have shifted marginally for Friday but India remain favourites to finish things at 3-1.
India remain at 1.22 for the win with Bet365 and Betfair while the shift comes with the Windies who have shortened slightly to 4.33 with Bet365 and Betway. There are a number of questions from India’s performance in the ODI but the main one focuses on team selection. Did they really need to make those changes when the series hadn’t quite been closed out?
It’s a difficult one to answer: It’s been a busy period for these players and there is no let up as they head to Sri Lanka later this month. For Friday, we should see Ashwin, Yuvraj and Kumar return and although there was no real issue with the bowling attack last time out, a preferred starting XI should prove too much for the hosts.
Match Odds Summary: West Indies 4.33 (Bet365), India 1.22 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).
Ajinkya Rahane delivered the return in India’s top batsman market for the second time in the series but he remains third favourite for Jamaica at an unchanged price of 4.33 with Bet365. Virat Kohli leads things off at best odds of 3.50 with Bet365 while Shikhar Dhawan is available at 4.00 with Bet365 once again.
MS Dhoni has now made two fifties albeit the second one contained just one boundary and the keeper is on offer at 9.00 with Bet365 while Yuvraj Singh will surely come back in for Dinesh Karthik if fit and he then becomes an option at 7.50 with Bet365.
We’re still waiting for Kohli to give us the profit – hopefully he won’t delay it any longer.
For the West Indies, we’re still talking up Roston Chase and he will only need to top score once for the bookies to bring down their high top price – currently 10.00 with Bet365. Evin Lewis at 5.00 with Bet365 and Kyle Hope at 6.00 with Betfair both top scored with 35 in North Sound but Chase remains our preference – he is as low as 5.50 in some places so this value won’t be around for long.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 3.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.00 (Bet365), Rahane 4.33 (Bet365), Yuvraj 7.50 (Bet365), Dhoni 9.00 (Bet365).
West Indies: S.Hope 4.00 (Bet365), Lewis 5.00 (Bet365), K.Hope 6.00 (Bet365), Chase 10.00 (Bet365).
Other Side Bets
Our attempts to pick India’s top bowler were thwarted by team selection that took Ashwin out of the equation so this time we’ll stay with the batting options. One tip that we looked at earlier in the series – West Indies to hit most sixes – dropped in at North Sound and there is decent value here with the Windies at 2.75 with Bet365 and India at 1.61 with Bet365.
Instead, we’ll look at the individual century betting. With low team totals, it’s a market we’ve not really considered yet but that could change in Jamaica with the series still on the line and hopefully a better batting surface. And, the price has drifted to a more tempting 1.83 with Bet365.
Will a player score a 100 Odds Summary: Yes 1.83 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), No 1.83 (Bet365).
India will now know that they could have a battle on with the West Indies’ bowling attack having some potency. It’s not Ambrose and Walsh but led by Jason Holder they can perform on helpful services yet, based on comparative strengths and the fact that India will be determined not to draw this series, we’re backing the away win.