West Indies clash with England in the fourth ODI today at the Oval before wrapping up the series two days later in Southampton at the Ageas Bowl. West Indies were outclassed in the third ODI by the English side by 124 runs. Opting to bowl first, they allowed England to pile up 369 for nine off their 50 overs. England’s total was its largest in an ODI against the West Indies, surpassing the 328 for seven at Edgbaston in 2009. Moeen Ali’s astonishing century helped his team go 2-0 up in the series. West Indies was in with a chance as long as the big-hitting Chris Gayle was making 94, but thanks to Plunkett who sent off Gayle and took his first ODI five-for, West Indies didn’t last long.
Windies skipper Jason Holder said after the match “Definitely we can still square the series but we’ve got to take it step by step”. It will be an exciting contest today and Cricket betting opportunities are open. England have the edge over West Indies, making them favorable to bet on the match today.
The home side is expected to go in with the same team, expecting to clinch the series. England have Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Butler who combine to form a very formidable middle order which can give a run for the money for the Windies. Moeen Ali has been playing very well consistently, this summer, and hopes to continue so. Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, and Adil Rashid will be the bowling firepower.
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Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle will open the innings yet again for the visitors. Despite Gayle hitting a respectable 94 runs in the last match, it was not enough to stop the English side from winning the match. Apart from the Jamaican, no other batsmen crossed the 50 run mark. They need someone in the middle order to bat sensibly in order to propel the side towards a challenging total for their opponents. It is a must-win game for the Holder-led side at the Oval today. Following the defeat, Holder said the Windies need to execute better in the remaining games in order to take something away from the rubber.