Can England secure the ODI series at Lord’s?

Ian Bell adds more runs on his way to 41 not out in a comprehensive 3rd ODI victory for England in Manchester.

Ian Bell adds more runs on his way to 41 not out in a comprehensive 3rd ODI victory for England in Manchester.

The ODI series between England and Sri Lanka has been a topsy turvy affair so far with the first three one day international matches seeing a close England win then a bounce back from Sri Lanka to make it 1-1 after two matches with a 157 run win at Chester-Le-Street. However, the third game in Manchester saw England run riot, thanks to a Chris Jordan masterclass with the ball, to limit Sri Lanka to just 67 runs before Alistair Cook and Ian Bell wrapped up the match in less than an hour. Victory for the hosts at Lord’s again today will see them take an unassailable lead in this five game series, but will they win it today or can Sri Lanka push it to the decider at Edgbaston on Tuesday?

England v Sri Lanka 4th ODI Betting Odds:

England to win – 1.69

Sri Lanka to win – 1.99

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Coming into this 4th ODI at the home of English cricket, Lord’s cricket ground in central London, it is the hosts who have all the momentum after delivering a crushing blow to Sri Lanka last time out. Chris Jordan secured the man of the match award in Manchester after an amazing five wicket haul and just 29 runs conceded from eight overs and it he is sure to have the eyes of the world on him again in this one day clash. However, James Anderson removed both the Sri Lankan openers in Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan as well as ceding just ten runs in seven overs, two of which were maidens.

While the English bowlers were on fire in Manchester during the 3rd ODI, this series has seen some inconsistent batting from both sides with just two English batsmen reaching double figures in the 2nd ODI at Chester-Le-Street and two of the top three for the guests at the Oval in the 1st ODI in Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara scoring a total of eight. If this form continues today, I feel that it is likely to be England that cope best as Jordan has bagged himself nine wickets over the three tests, standing head and shoulders above the rest of the bowlers.

As well as the form of the 25 year old Barbados born Sussex player helping towards a home win in this 4th ODI the weather at Lord’s is expected to be fine for this match causing the pitch to lose pace. If this should happen then, just like in the T20 match between these sides recently and several county cricket matches of late, the score rate late on is likely to drop and leave us with a low scoring match. The advantage from this will only help the bowlers and I foresee another, and third from four matches, star man performance from Jordan to lead England to victory in this ODI series.

Back England to beat Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI match at Lord’s @ 1.69 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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England favoured to claim the ODI series in West Indies

Ravi Bopara's 38 not out in the Second ODI saw England level the series

Ravi Bopara’s 38 not out in the Second ODI saw England level the series

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.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.