Cricket Betting Tips & Match Predictions: West Indies vs. Pakistan – First Test
The four match T20 series between the West Indies turned out to be a disappointment for both the fans and players as the first, third and fourth T20s were a washout due to bad weather. Pakistan won the second T20 and took the series with a 1-0 scoreline.
The West Indies will now face Pakistan in a two match test series with the first test starting on August 12 in Kingston, Jamaica. Things don’t look very good for the first test as well as there are showers expected on all five days of the test. Whether we will lose just a few overs or end up losing a session or two is hard to tell as of now as the weather can act up quite a bit in Kingston.
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West Indies vs. Pakistan – First Test – Betting Odds
The West Indies are surprisingly betting underdogs going into the first test as Bet365 has given them odds of 3.40. Pakistan which is arguably the most unpredictable team in world cricket across any format goes in as the betting favorite with odds of 2.20. The odds for the first test ending in a draw are currently at 3.25.
These two teams have not played each other in a long time as the last test match took place in May 2017. If we take a look at the last five matches, the results are pretty even with Pakistan winning three out of the last five including their last test. The West Indies have won two games as all five games have produced a result.
Our betting experts have taken the weather into consideration and think that we are likely to end up with a drawn test.
West Indies– Players To Watch Out For
The West Indies are going into the first test with a pretty strong squad led by K Brathwaite. Apart from the captain the two players that we think you should watch out for include the talented Shai Hope and Jermaine Blackwood.
When it comes to the bowling department, the West Indies will be without the services of Shannon Gabriel but still have a lot of experience with Kemar Roach and Jason Holder.
Pakistan – Players To Watch Out For
The Pakistani captain Babar Azam is considered by many to be one of the most talented batsmen going around in world cricket today. The problem for Babar Azam is that Pakistan hasn’t played a lot of test cricket of late and it has definitely impacted his performance. This is a great opportunity for him to lead from the front with the bat provided we the weather does not interrupt.
Some of the other batsmen to watch out for include the experienced Azhar Ali, Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam. In the bowling department, the pace bowlers that you need to keep an eye out for include Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi while Yasir Shah is the biggest threat in the spin bowling department.
Different Bets To Wager On
Apart from betting on the outright result for these test matches, there are a number of other side bets that you can place. Some of these bets include who will win the toss, who will win the series, which bowler will take the most number of wickets and which batsmen will score the most number of runs.
WI vs PAK 1st Test – Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions
- Who will win the toss: West Indies
- Who will win? – Draw
- Man of the Match: Jason Holder