India play their final match in the Caribbean on Tuesday before concluding their tour of West Indies in America later in the week and they do so in what is already a pivotal third T20 international in the five-match series.
West Indies took a 2-0 lead when they scraped home here in Guyana on Sunday and they will now be looking to win the series at the first time of asking. In order for the matches in America to be competitive contests India must win here.
There was a feeling that West Indies would come alive once the T20 matches started. There were numerous reasons for that. One was some of their players had been active in the format in things like Major League Cricket while they are the host nation in the T20 World Cup in less than one year so this was always going to be a big source of focus for the home side. The other reason is although they have flattered to deceive in the past two global T20 tournaments, this has been their signature format of the game in the last decade or so.
West Indies have largely won the opening two matches of this series with their bowlers getting the job done. They have coped with the bat and taken full advantage of any wayward overs which have come their way but you would be stretching the truth if you suggested that they have produced the perfect batting display in either game. With the potential for that to come at some point, West Indies are looking very pretty in terms of their position in the series.
While West Indies are able to put everything into the T20 game for the next 10 months, India do not yet have that luxury and it has shown in the opening two matches. They have a second string or developing squad out for these matches and they have just been outplayed in the key moments so far in the series. They will hope that after coming out on the wrong end of two close matches that they can hold their nerve in this one and keep the series alive.
If that is going to happen then they are going to need to bat better. They don’t have too many senior batters in this squad but the ones that they do have need to come up with the goods, or their inexperienced batters need to show the IPL form which got them into a position to be called up. If they can do that then India should still have something to say in this series because their bowlers are coming up with the goods in the main.
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Unless they want to bring another spinner into their ranks, West Indies don’t appear to have a reason to change while the series is still alive. If they do want to think about another spinner then Roston Chase could come into the side.
India might think they need to change up their batting. They have Yashasvi Jaiswal waiting in the wings if they want to go with someone else or have a different direction. Kuldeep Yadav is expected to come back after missing the last game.
I guess based on what we have seen in the series so far the prices around on West Indies to win this match as well would appear to be value but surely there has to be some sort of reaction for India in this game. It isn’t like West Indies have dominated the two matches so far either, they have just been better in the key moments. I wouldn’t put anyone off taking the home side here but I do expect the best of India so far so I’ll leave that alone.
The better bet for me comes in the form of the match runs here. Providence Stadium is renowned for being low and slow and with this match expected to be on the same pitch as the previous game was played, I certainly expect no different here. The run line for this one is 321.5 which wasn’t covered in the first game and with both teams likely to bring extra spinners into their team if they do make changes, I don’t see why it would be covered here. Only two men made more than 27 in that last game here which highlights that the pitch was tough to bat on. In theory it should only be tougher here so I’ll take the under.
Back Under 321.5 runs for a 3/10 stake at 1.83 with Bet365
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