West Indies are set to host India for a five-match T20I series and the 1st T20I is set to take place at the at the Brian Lara Stadium Tarouba in Trinidad on Friday, July 29.
West Indies suffered a disappointing whitewash in the ODI series. West Indies suffered a 3-run loss against India in the opening clash. Jason Holder’s absence did have a big toll in the first ODI. While in the 2nd ODI, despite performing well, West Indies were quite disappointed after not being able to finish off games. They had enough chances in the match. Kyle Mayers and Shai Hope have performed quite well at the top of the order but couldn’t salvage the series. They will now try to revive in the series in the shortest format.
On the other hand, India headed into the ODI series with a second-string squad, and the likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah were few of the absentees. However, there were few players like Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who were brimming with confidence after ODI series win.
The visitors will have a major boost as Rohit Sharma will now be back in action to lead the Men in Blue from the front. They were without their permanent captain in the ODI series and in his absence Shikhar Dhawan was leading the visiting team. India had an all-round batting effort that helped them seal the series in the 2nd ODI. In a rain-marred final clash, the Men In Blue managed to get the win and clean swept Windies.
WAGING ODDS: West Indies (2.80) Vs India (1.42)
West Indies are the underdogs and are priced at 2.80, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹280.
India are the favorites and priced at 1.45 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹142.
The surface at the Brian Lara Stadium is expected to be batting-friendly and a run fest will surely be on the cards. The batters of both sides would be eager to make merry on this wicket and the bowlers would need to toil hard for getting breakthroughs. With the momentum behind them, the Men in Blue are likely to get away with a win.
Prediction: India to win