West Indies v India: T20I Odds and Betting Preview

Normal service was resumed on Thursday as India closed out their ODI series with a 3-1 scoreline. A comfortably victory in Jamaica sets up the tourists for this only T20 which takes place at Sabina Park again this Sunday and while Virat Kohli’s side remain favourites, the unpredictable nature of the short format may give us some value in the following markets.

Match Odds

The result market shows India ahead and you can back the visitors here at 1.57 with Betfair while the West Indies are out at 2.38 with Betway. With luck playing a little bit more of a role in the T20 game that’s not a surprising set of figures but the price on the Windies will have reduced even further with the announcement that Chris Gayle would be joining up with the squad.

We’re used to seeing the West Indians leaving out their best players for a number of reasons but this really should give them a boost. Will it be enough for the home side to win it however? They will probably need a big effort from the Jamaican as there wasn’t too much to impress in the ODI series and overall, we don’t think India will need luck but they will need to get Gayle early.

Match Odds Summary: West Indies: 2.38 (Betway). India: 1.57 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick)

Top Batsmen

India retain much of the squad that won that ODI series so there won’t be too many changes from the side that closed out the 50 over leg of the tour. Rishabh Pant may conceivably get a game and if that’s the case he would be an option in India’s top batsman betting at 9.50 with Betfair.

Virat Kohli starts things off here at 3.00 with Betfair while Shikhar Dhawan is our tip for this game at 4.33 with Betfair again. Ajinkya Rahane is slightly further back at 4.50 with Betfair while the value comes from Yuvraj Singh at 7.00 and MS Dhoni at 6.50 – once again those prices are with Betfair. That gives you some decent options but it’s been a good few weeks for Shikhar Dhawan and the left hander should really enjoy himself in the short form.

For the West Indies, Gayle comes in as a predictable favourite at 3.25 with Betfair while Evin Lewis is a 4.50 with Betfair again. There are a few changes to the side that lost that one day series so Chadwick Walton and Marlon Samuels come in and they can both be picked up at 5.00 with Betfair. We all know what Gayle is capable of but he wasn’t at his best in the IPL so Samuels, who is a more reliable if less spectacular player, is the better option.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: West Indies: Gayle 3.25 (Betfair), Lewis 4.50 (Betfair), Samuels 5.00 (Betfair), Walton 5.00 (Betfair).   

India: Kohli 3.00 (Betfair), Dhawan 4.33 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Rahane 4.50 (Betfair), Dhoni 6.50 (Betfair), Yuvraj 7.00 (Betfair).

Other Side Bets

Bookmakers have been slow to react to the final ODI game that finished on Friday so the selection of side bets is a little slower right now. Bet365 have been quiet but there are options and we’re going to finish with the most sixes market which has a little value.

Firstly, India are slight favourites here at odds of 2.00 with Betfair and that gives you a higher figure than their win price but our tip is the West Indies. They’ve brought in Gayle and some power hitters for this game and even if they lose, they could give a nice profit at 2.10 with Betfair again.

Most Sixes Odds Summary: India 2.00 (Betfair), West Indies 2.10 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), The Tie 7.50 (Betfair).

It’s not quite as simple as getting Gayle early and winning the game: The West Indies look a much bigger threat all round and this is their best format but momentum is with India as they look to finish this tour on a positive note.