The fourth and final test match of the ongoing series between West Indies and India starts tomorrow at the Queens Park Oval at Port of Spain. Technically, this is a dead rubber, as India have already clinched the series 2-0. As for cricket betting, even though outright win category is sealed, there are other options for online betting, especially for most runs and wickets.
West Indies – Preview
West Indies have shown neither determination nor skill to cause concerns in the Indian camp. They have shown flashes of sporadic brilliance but have not been able to sustain it for long enough. Their top order must take much of the blame. In none of the innings, they have managed to post a substantial total. In the rare instances they got a start, they threw it away midway.
Their bowling, on the other hand, performed better than expected. The star Indian batsmen were not able to toy with the inexperienced bowling, as many experts had predicted. Still, the bowlers’ inability to finish off the innings was a prime reason for the series loss. Far too often, they allowed the Indian lower middle order batsmen to make vital contributions.
If West Indies still entertain any hopes for a face-saving win, their top order batsmen need fire and bowlers need to be consistent with their intensity.
India – Preview
India will be happy with the way they wrapped up the series. However, they cannot afford to be complacent, if they are serious in their pursuit of the number one test ranking position. India is number two in the test ranking. Australia currently holds the top ranking. But the Aussies are struggling in Sri Lanka. India can make use of their struggles and advance their ranking only if they keep on winning.
India will be happy with the way their bowlers have performed in the series, especially R. Ashwin and Mohammed Shami. But they will not be too happy with the way their batsmen have performed in the series. Virat Kohli lost the way after the double hundred in the first test. Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul were good in patches. Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha were the real batting heroes for India in this series.
Indian batsmen will look forward to a final hurrah in this test.
Indian batsmen and bowlers lead the way in the most runs and most wickets category. Ashwin is the leading wicket taker, followed by Shami. Kohli still remains the top run-getter, but he is closely followed by Rahul, Rahane and, surprisingly, Ashwin.
A good cricket betting option will be the man of the series. It will take a remarkable effort from someone to overtake Ashwin in the race for that honour.
It is advantage India. But they are not really great finishers of test series. Hope the new India can shed the bad habits of the old. Just like you can embrace a new era of cricket betting with 12bet!
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