Here are our top West Indies v England 2nd ODI betting tips. West Indies and England go at it again as the nations continue to speed through what will be an educational One Day International series, not to mention an enjoyable one for fans. The sides got the ball moving with the opener on Wednesday and return to action on Friday afternoon.
UK fans can keep pace with the 2nd ODI match from 3.00pm GMT at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown and if the midweek game was anything to go by there should be plenty to talk about come the conclusion of this one.
Five One Day Internationals will be played between Wednesday 20 February and Saturday 2 March and by the end of the run supporters of both teams will have a clearer picture on what they can expect as we head into the thick of an important year.
As is the norm with big international cricket matches, played out over any format, bookmakers offer punters the chance to add a bit more interest to the occasion with a punchy bet. There’s an ever-increasing number of markets on offer – both pre-match and in-play – meaning a wager is just as exciting at the coin-toss as it is just before the final ball is bowled.
Keep Things Simple
Keep things simple and bet on the winner of the match or aim a little higher and play one of the exciting specials on offer. Call the outcome of the top West Indies batsman or top West Indies bowler, get your money down on the man to score most runs for England or who will take most wickets for the tourists.
There’s so much to choose from, in fact, you can bet as the day goes on the likes of next ball. Watch live from home and bet live on your desktop or through the mobile app of your preferred bookmaker.
Let’s pick through the major talking points of Wednesday’s 1st One Day International in the hope it nudges us in the direction of a nice priced winner of the 2nd ODI…
England were in fine form in a match that went late into Wednesday evening when battling to win the opening ODI against all the odds. Not only did they beat West Indies to set the pace for the rest of the series, they set a record in the process, proving again just what the team are capable of on their day. We’ve saw England at their best and worst already this year, but this was certainly the mark of a team playing high quality cricket.
The tourists won the day by six wickets with the final scores reading West Indies 360-8 (50.0) against England’s 364-4 (48.4). A dramatic, high scoring affair, but the bare result didn’t show just how good the victors were or how hard they worked to get over the line. Windies oozed class to set their opponents their highest ever recorded ODI run-chase. The tally had the locals as nailed on favourites, but there was to be a twist in the tale as England covered the deficit, and then some.
Joe Root and Jason Roy scored centuries to help close the gap, the former smashing 102 off just 97 balls, the latter a stunning 123 off 85 balls. On the back of such a mammoth effort their teammates simply had to deliver to ensure both men got the reward they deserved, the likes of Eoin Morgan contributing some big numbers to deny an opponent led by Chris Gayle to seal victory in Barbados.
Root Hits 5000
It was a fantastic team effort from England to grab the desired result, but viewers enjoyed some stunning individual performances on both sides. Joe Root marked the occasion by scoring his 5000th ODI run and he did it in double-quick time too. He didn’t capture the headlines, however, as pundits were left raving about teammate Jason Roy’s performance, one that saw him named man of the match and there could be no complaints over that call.
On the other side of the fence and it was impossible not to feel for Chris Gayle who put on a show to place his team in the driving seat. He knocked 137 and that’s the highest run score from a Windies player against England. He has also hit more sixes than other international player and we’re sure his numbers will swell further still when these teams renew rivalries.
It took a monumental effort from England to win the 1st One Day International match but bookmakers have rushed out to support them to double-up and do the same again on Friday, pricing 2-0 as odds-on favourite. That may surprise a few followers of this tour, we know it certainly caught our attention and there looks to be value around in the betting.
England backers will find their side marked as short-priced jolly with Coral traders offering no more than 2/7. That strikes us as a bit of a knee-jerk reaction on the back of a big win, but let’s remember the game could’ve gone either way and West Indies performance on Wednesday would’ve been more than enough to defeat most sides at this level.
The locals will know that too and will be desperate to put things right at the second attempt and catapult themselves back into contention for the series win. England are favourites to win the series outright but if Windies can tie at 1-1 things will get interesting.
Our advice is back West Indies to win the 2nd ODI at 11/4 with Coral and also have a bet on them claiming the series at 17/2. If they get level this weekend it’ll mean you will get a winning bet from the 2nd ODI and will also be able to cash-out for a profit on your series punt.
The top batsman market makes for interesting reading and we think it’s worth sticking to the players who stood out earlier this week. Chris Gayle will want to make a point and can be backed at 11/4 to score most runs for his side. Jason Roy is 3/1 for England, a price shared by Joe Root.