We arrive at the conclusion of what has been a fascinating One Day International series between West Indies and England. The final instalment of the show will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet and we’re set for another enjoyable round of cricket as both sides aim to sign-off with a win. Here are our West Indies v England 5th ODI betting tips.
A 3.00pm start time is great news for fans planning to follow the action back in the UK and the match plays an important role in what will be an action-packed day of sport across the board. As well as having plenty to watch on Saturday, punters also have more than enough to keep them busy with a number of attractive betting markets offered on the outcome of the 5th ODI.
Have your say on a host of markets on both the series and Saturday’s ODI, including match winner, top English batsman, top England bowler, the West Indies player to score most runs and the home nation player to take most wickets. It’s worth flicking through the various offers as you could find a bet or market you didn’t know existed that fits perfectly with how you want to approach this game.
The betting doesn’t stop when the coin toss is decided and the action gets underway as the majority of major bookmakers now offer in-play betting, meaning a financial interest is now as exciting at the final ball as it was before the start. All the most popular pre-match markets remain, with odds updated to match the flow of play. Watch the game closely enough and you could spot a bet worth having before the traders shorten the price.
Let’s look at how this series has played out so far…
It was a competitive start from both teams, and we got a feel for how this tour was going to play out after the opening One Day International match of the series. In a high-scoring game, West Indies went first and put up a brilliant score, setting their opponents a run-chase of 360-8 (50.0). That looked to be more than enough to secure victory as, to beat it England would have to smash their own record of overturning a deficit.
Celebrations in the home camp proved premature, however, as England put on a show to set a new record, returning 364-4 (48.4). The tourists are far from the perfect side but there can be no arguments that, when playing to the best of their abilities, an England team in full flight is a joy to behold for cricket lovers. Each player to a man played an important roll in getting the win that day and writing their name into the history books. The performance and effort needed to secure the result tells us it’ll be a long time before we see England go better and break that tally.
The 2nd ODI wasn’t nearly as impressive in terms of scores, but it lost nothing in drama as Windies refused to roll over. The hosts lost the opener but knew their efforts that day would’ve been enough to see off most top-level opponents and they took confidence from that to level things up with a 2nd ODI victory. The scoreboard read a home win by 26 runs, West Indies 289-6 (50.0) against England’s 263 all out (47.4). It was the win Chris Gayle deserved on the back of a fantastic showing in the first ODI and he played an instrumental part in helping achieve the result.
England Respond Best
With the series tied at 1-1, fans were looking forward to the third ODI and it was anyone’s guess which side would go on and take the advantage. In the end neither got the chance as the 3rd One Day International was a wash-out, weather forcing the cancellation of the match before a ball had been bowled. It was a bitter pill to swallow for all concerned, not least punters wo had done their homework and placed bets on the outcome. Stakes were returned that day and we moved on to the 4th instalment.
It was worth waiting for and England responded best to the delay when smashing their way to a win by 29 runs. The performance was impressive and the result a real feather in the cap of the tourists, but we were particularly impressed by the character shown by England, bouncing back from defeat and a frustrating cancellation to edge themselves into a 2-1 series lead. The scoreboard read West Indies 389 all out (48.0) against England 418-6 (50.0). Another stunner.
The usual suspects delivered that day with Chris Gayle playing superbly in defeat, taking a jaw-dropping 162, but it wasn’t enough, and we had to feel for him. Jos Buttler stood out for England when recording a personal best, a dozen sixes and 13 fours, inspiring his side into a commanding lead. Eoin Morgan acted as chief support, helping himself to 103 runs.
Who Will Have the Final Say?
With the series locked at West Indies 1 – 2 England the home team will feel they have done enough in this series to avoid defeat, although if England repeat their efforts of the 4th day of play that’s exactly what they’ll end up with. We’ve enjoyed some memorable individual performances on both sides, but Gayle has been the standout and he’ll want to help level the scores and take the consolation of a draw.
England believe their play deserves the win, especially after setting records in the 1st ODI and recording a stunning score in the 4th and will want to finish the job in style and take a 3-1 ODI series win away with them. We prefer the draw and will be picking Windies to get their revenge at a decent 2/1 with Coral. That’s a risk, of course, but it makes more sense than having your stake money down on the 2/5 with the same firm.