The third test match in the West Indies vs India series begins at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia, tomorrow. India leads the four-match series 1-0. All cricket betting analyses point to an Indian win, which will give them an unassailable 2-0 lead.
West Indies, who hung on by a thread for a draw in the second test, will hope for yet another draw. A West Indies victory will be considered a miracle. Don’t bet in favour of a Windies win even if you are a daredevil in online betting scene. They do not seem to possess bowlers capable of bowling India out twice. Their batting has shown signs of improvement. They will be hoping to improve up on that performance and keep the series alive till the last test.
West Indies Chances
A number of pieces must fall into their places if West Indies are to pull off a win here. First, they need to win the toss and have the good sense of batting first. In fact, this is the likeliest of things to happen. The rest of the conditions are even more unlikely.
Second, their top order needs to fire in unison. That means Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels have to step up along with in-form players like Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood and Shane Dowrich. Chase, in particular, will be eager to maintain his good all-round form. West Indies have brought in young opener Shai Hope into the team. He is likely to play.
Third, even if West Indies post a big score, they need to bowl India out cheaply – not once but twice. Their bowling lacks penetration, precision and discipline. Realistically, it can happen only if Indian batsmen bat with over-confidence and arrogance. Otherwise, it may happen in once, but unlikely in both the innings of a test match.
Fourth, rain should stay away. The forecast is for mild rains.
India looks a real powerhouse with the bat – a batting unit which you can trust in cricket betting odds. Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Lokesh Rahul all scored runs. M. Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have shown good form, but so far failed to convert starts into substantial innings. There is some concern in bowling though. Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami have been fantastic. But the others tend to be a bit erratic at times.
The pitch might favour spin, if the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) play-offs matches held there over the last week are any indication. India might draft in Ravindra Jadeja into the playing eleven.
Overall, India have played 47 tests in West Indies, winning six and losing 16. In the last 15 tests though, they have won three and lost just one. India have played just one test match at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. It was in 2006 and the match ended in a draw.
It is going to be either an Indian win or a draw. The third odd of cricket betting, West Indies win, is a distant probability.
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