England favoured to claim the ODI series in West Indies
The three match ODI series between the West Indies and England comes to a close this Wednesday as the two sides look to win the decider at North Sound. Both of the previous two matches have been held at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium too so both of these teams will be very aware of the conditions for the match, but which of the two sides will come out on top after they both claimed a victory in the first two ODI matches.
GR88.com believe that the game will be a close one, but after fine bowling performances from England they see the visitors edging this Third West Indies v England ODI before the T20 matches begin in Sunday.
Third West Indies v England ODI Odds:
West Indies – 1.92
England – 1.74
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
The first ODI between these two sides was played last Friday and looked as if England’s shoddy one day form was continuing from their post-Ashes tour against Australia as they were beaten 4-1 over five games. Things did start well for England too as they had their hosts on the ropes at 45-4 with their top four batsmen all out, however a 65 from Lendl Simmons, 87 not out from Dwayne Bravo and a 61 from Darren Sammy saw the West Indies a target of 270 for England. They fell 15 runs of the 269 total despite a 106 knock from Michael Lumb as the rest of the batting lineup crumbled around the opening batsman.
England did much better in the second one day international as only a 70 from Simmons, again top scoring for the host nation, saw a West Indian batsman score more than 20 runs. The West Indies were bowled out for just 159 as England turned the screw and while no England batsman came close to Simmons’ total the collapse from the first match between the sides did not appear second time around as England cruised to a three wicket victory with more than five overs remaining. Lumb once again top scored for the visitors with 39, while it was Ravi Bopara and Stuart Broad who carried England across the line.
One of the major variables for this Third West Indies v England ODI will be the pitch at North Sound with this major being the third match in less than a week. The pitch had certainly slowed down in the second ODI with it allowing more spin and less bounce, so the sides are going to have a tough time generating runs and I’m expecting a low scoring match between these sides and the bowlers are going to be the difference between the sides. England have the better of the exchanges with the bowlers in the first two matches between the sides, despite their collapse in the first ODI, and I see the odds on this match being correct and, as long as England do not experience another batting collapse, I see England taking victory in this third ODI and winning the series.
Back England to win the Third West Indies v England ODI at North Sound @ 1.74 with GR88.com.