India v West Indies: First T20i Odds and Betting Preview

After a thrilling ODI series that was closer than any of us seriously expected, India and West Indies now face off over three T20 internationals, the first of which takes place in Kolkata. So, what about the cricket odds for India v West Indies on Sunday?

As T20 World Champions, this is the form of the game where the Windies truly excel and with some high profile reinforcements joining up with the squad, Carlos Brathwaite’s side harbour genuine ambitions of a series win.

What are the cricket odds for India v West Indies?

It’s fair to say that the West Indies ran out of steam at the end of that ODI series and while they held India at 1-1 after three matches, the tourists suffered heavy defeats in the final two games. They are more competitive in the T20 form, but as a result of those losses, the Windies are the outside satta for Kolkata at 3.15 with Betrally.

That figure leaves India as clear favourites at 1.35 again. But is this just a case of betting with the shorter priced team? There’s no Chris Gayle for the West Indies and Dwayne Bravo has retired from international cricket. However, the tourists have brought in Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and skipper Brathwaite. We expect them to win at least once in this series, but the momentum India gained from those big ODI wins should see them home this time.

Match Odds Summary: India: 1.35 (Betrally – Editor’s Pick) West Indies: 3.15 (Betrally)

What are the top batsman cricket odds for India v West Indies?

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were the standout batters for India in that ODI contest, but Kohli takes another break here so it’s Rohit who starts as favourite to score most Indian runs at 3.50. Shikhar Dhawan follows at 4.00, while KL Rahul is at 4.33 and Shreyas Iyer at 5.60.

There’s no MS Dhoni for India, so Rishabh Pant comes in at 9.00. Other options down the order include Dinesh Karthik at 8.00 and Krunal Pandya at 17.00.

In the West Indies’ version of this top batsman market, Evin Lewis comes back into the squad and he starts as favourite at 3.75. Lewis will be a familiar name to IPL fans, but there are challenges as we move through the order.

Shimron Hetmyer is available at 4.50, while both Rovman Powell and Darren Bravo are at 5.00. Kieron Pollard at 7.00 and Andre Russell at 7.50, come along to provide the value down the order.

Once again, it’s another tough call although for many, Rohit Sharma would be the obvious tip from an Indian perspective. We will, however, give Shikhar Dhawan one last chance here. We expect the selectors might be taking the same view. He’s been out of touch for a while, but the quality is there and we’re backing it to return in Kolkata.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Rohit 3.50, Dhawan 4.00 (Betrally – Editor’s Pick), Rahul 4.33, Iyer 5.60, Karthik 8.00, Pant 9.00, Krunal Pandya 17.00.

West Indies: Lewis: 3.75, Hetmyer 4.50, Rovman Powell 5.00, Bravo 5.00, Pollard 7.00, Russell 7.50.

What are the most sixes cricket odds for India v West Indies?

The markets are a little slow to open following India’s win on Thursday. We’ll quickly finish with Most Match Sixes, where there looks to be some value. India start as favourites at 1.90 with Bet365 while the West Indies are our choice at 2.25.

If Rohit and Dhawan do tee off from the first ball, then that market will be justified. But while the Windies are missing Gayle, there is enough firepower to convert even if the tourists lose the match. Pollard, Russell, Lewis and Brathwaite should be capable of delivering the profit in this section.

Most Sixes Odds Summary: India 1.90, West Indies 2.20 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), The Tie 7.50.