It’s honours even after the opening two matches of the T20I series between India and the West Indies, with the visitors pulling off a fine performance in the second contest to level the scores.
Virat Kohli was exceptional in the opener, scoring a career-best 94 unbeaten to guide his team to a six-wicket triumph in Hyderabad. It was a high-scoring contest, but the power of the home side’s batting line-up was the difference.
However, the Windies responded with batting brilliance of their own, chasing down India’s total with nine balls to spare in Thiruvananthapuram. The series is set up for a thrilling showdown where the two sides will battle it out for the victory. We’ll now look at the leading markets, selecting the best value out there.
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Kohli put on a clinic in the opener to guide his side to victory in Hyderabad. He put on an incredible display of striking power, scoring his 94 runs in just 50 balls, including six fours and six sixes. Lokesh Rahul provided a half-century in the win, but the crucial innings was the skipper’s.
Shivam Dube was moved up the order in the second match and scored a fifty in impressive time. The home team will need others to ease the burden on Kohli. However, at odds of 12/5 with Dafabet, Kohli is a good price to lead the run column, especially if he returns to number three in the order.
Lendl Simmons rose to the occasion in the second match of the series with a blistering innings to deliver the win for the visitors. The opener scored an unbeaten 67 in 45 deliveries to be the anchor for his team, while Nicholas Pooran provided the late spark to carry them over the line.
Hetmyer was the man for the Windies to propel them over the 200-run mark scoring 56, which included four sixes. He added 23 in the second match, with another three maximums. Hetmyer is seeing the ball well, therefore take him at 4/1 to top score at Betway.
West Indies Top Batsman 1st Innings – Shimron Hetmyer 4/1 with Betway
Yuzvendra Chahal led the way for India in the opening match of the series with two wickets, including the scalps of Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard. However, he took a step back last time out, conceding 36 runs off his three overs going wicketless in the process. He’s a quality bowler and one poor performance should not dissuade punters from backing him at odds of 9/4 with Betway.
India Top Batsman 1st Innings – Yuzvendra Chahal 9/4 with Betway
Khary Pierre was a surprise leading wicket-taker in the first match, taking two wickets, although he did concede 44 runs from his four overs. He produced impressive figures of 1-11 in the second game with his left-arm spin that India may have to attack. Therefore there will be opportunities for Pierre to notch more wickets and at 4/1 he presents the best value in the Windies’ bowling attack with Betway.
West Indies Top Batsman 1st Innings – Khary Pierre 4/1 with Betway
India had a rare setback in the second game of the series. They were below-par with the bat, struggling in the latter stages of their innings, while their bowling was poor to say the least as Chahal and Deepak Chahar failed to keep the runs down.
It would be surprising to see India underperform in two-straight matches on home soil. The West Indies have more than held their own against Kohli’s men, but it will be difficult for them to cope with an emphatic response. Back India for the win at odds of 4/11 with Dafabet.