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West Indies vs England – Second ODI Betting Tips

March 4, 2017

England defeated the West Indies in the opening match of their one-day international series by 45 runs at North Sound.

The Three Lions were indebted to a fine innings from captain Eoin Morgan as the 30-year-old scored a century to lead his team to a total of 296-6 that proved too much for the home side to handle.

Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett notched four wickets apiece to secure the victory, despite decent efforts with the bat from Jason Mohammed and Jonathan Carter.

England can clinch a series win over the Windies in their second match at Antigua on Sunday, with coach Trevor Bayliss and Morgan desperate for a similar performance from their team.

We’ll now break down the betting options for the contest in North Sound, beginning with the home team’s batting card.

West Indies’ Top Batsman

Carter impressed for the Windies

The Windies made a decent effort to haul England’s total in, especially due to the youthful nature of their lineup.

They are playing with senior players Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo leaving them short of valuable experience in their ranks.

However, Mohammed and Carter both applied themselves extremely well in the run chase, with the latter impressing with his temperament and was only dismissed by an outstanding catch from Jason Roy off the bowling of Plunkett.

As a result, Carter will be keen to fire once again on the same surface on Sunday and appeared to have the measure of the England attack, especially the spinners who he seemed to take a liking to when he settled into his game.

His innings including one huge six off the bowling of Joe Root and could be in line for a promotion up the order due to his fine display.

Carter’s composure during the run chase proved that he could handle the big occasion and he could take his performance to the next level by dragging his team back into the series with a match-winning display.

Therefore backing the 29-year-old at 6/1  with Bet365 to lead the way for the Windies in the second clash against the Three Lions would be a wise bet to take.

England’s Top Batsman

Morgan led the way for England

As predicted in our previous article – Morgan was able to guide his side to victory with a fine century, the 10th of his ODI career.

The 30-year-old was outstanding with his strokeplay in the middle, using time early in his innings to build a platform before launching a late assault.

The England skipper brought up his ton in style by blasting a six over midwicket, highlighting his poise and power at the crease.

Ben Stokes and Sam Billings also had strong outings as they registered fifties in difficult conditions as it took time in the middle to find a rhythm.

Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jos Buttler failed to fire, but all have the talent to bounce back, especially given that they’ve had time to adjust to the Antigua pitch.

Buttler has the same power and ability to manoeuvre the field that proved to be successful for Morgan and Carter in the first match of the series.

As a result, expect him to be in the runs to lead the way for England to drive them towards victory.

The 26-year-old has not surpassed fifty in his last six innings and is due to a big score in the middle; therefore backing him at 9/2  to top score for the Three Lions should be the punt to take.

Top Team Bowler

Plunkett should continue to succeed

Woakes and Plunkett were able to deliver to the Three Lions at the top and end of the innings to secure the win. Both men were on form from the off, finding the right areas of the pitch to trouble the West Indies’ top order, leaving them off the pace in their chase in the opening overs.

England’s spinners struggled at times as Root and Moeen Ali were dispatched with relative ease, and although Adil Rashid displayed control with his leg-spin – he only secured one scalp in the middle.

Steven Finn was unable to make an impact on his return to the team and he will be under pressure to find his form, with promising youngster Tom Curran also in the squad.

Pace appeared to be an issue for the Windies’ batsmen and on the same pitch the same bowlers should be able to replicate their displays. Backing Plunkett at 7/2  to repeat his fine performance is the bet to take and his price is slightly more favourable than that of Woakes.

Shannon Gabriel was the top man for the West Indies as he snagged the crucial strikes of Roy and Root at the top of the innings. His speed proved to be troublesome for the duo and the paceman put the ball in dangerous areas of the pitch to yield his fine results.

He seems to have the measure of the wicket and should be able to fire again with a price of 7/2  to lead the strike column for his team.

Match Result

England put in an impressive performance in the opener and will be looking to build on their display to secure the series, providing the perfect response to their defeat to India last month.

The Three Lions were solid in all three phases of the game and will feel that their batting can improve, winning without major contributions from three of their best players.

Now that they are familiar with conditions at North Sound, backing the Three Lions at 1/3  to clinch the victory should be the bet to take as the Windies proved they did not have enough quality to beat out Morgan’s men.

Tips Summary

Jonathan Carter To Top Score For West Indies
Sunday 5th March 2017 9:30AM Local (13:30 GMT)
Odds: 6/1

Jos Buttler To Top Score For England
Sunday 5th March 2017 9:30AM Local (13:30 GMT)
Odds: 9/2

Liam Plunkett To Be England’s Top Bowler
Sunday 5th March 2017 9:30AM Local (13:30 GMT)
Odds: 7/2

Shannon Gabriel To Be West Indies’ Top Bowler
Sunday 5th March 2017 9:30AM Local (13:30 GMT)
Odds: 7/2

England To Beat West Indies
Sunday 5th March 2017 9:30AM Local (13:30 GMT)
Odds: 1/3

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    About the author

    Eric Roberts
    Eric Roberts

    Sports Journalist

    Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.