Even the most dedicated of Irish supporters may have expected the worst when India took to the field for the first of these T20 internationals in Dublin on Wednesday. Their fears were justified thanks in large part to the efforts of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The pair put on a huge opening partnership and pushed India to a 76-run victory. The cricket odds are stacked against Ireland again on Friday.
India are likely to make some changes for Friday’s second game but the bookies, like most pundits, are expecting a similar outcome.
What are the cricket odds for Ireland vs. India?
India are 1.04 favourites at Betway for Friday’s match and you can back Ireland at 13.00. It’s rare to see a team as heavily favoured in a cricket match as India are in this spot, but it’s an adequate reflection of the comparative strengths of these two sides.
The tourists may play around with their lineup but in the same conditions against a bowling and fielding unit who were sub-par, we will surely get a similar result.
Who will be the top batsman in Ireland vs. India cricket odds?
If you like to make tiny profits then by all means back India but there will be more value in the side betting, starting with the top batsmen options. For India, Rohit Sharma delivered the profit on Wednesday, just falling short of a century, but it’s Virat Kohli who starts as favourite on Friday at 3.50 with Bet365.
Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan can both be claimed at 3.75 with Betway while KL Rahul may well come in and give you an option at 4.00 with Bet365. In the middle overs, Suresh Raina is available at 5.50 with Betway and, if they get any time at the crease, MS Dhoni at 13.00 or Hardik Pandya at a huge 34.00 may just deliver.
For Ireland, James Shannon was the only batter to impress with an explosive 60 from 35 balls and he could be a good option to top score for the hosts on Friday at 4.50. Paul Stirling starts as the favourite here at 4.33 with Bet365 while the hard-hitting Gary Wilson looks exceptionally generous at 7.50.
Elsewhere, Simi Singh looks a little too short at 6.00 but Kevin O’Brien has lengthened to 8.00 with Betway and could be a profitable option at a long price.
As an overall tip, you may want to wait until confirmed team news comes through but we’re going to side with Shikhar Dhawan once again. The left-hander didn’t quite give us the profit in Wednesday’s game but he made a brisk 74 and has been in dominant form for some time.
Top batsman cricket odds summary:
India: Kohli 3.50, Rohit 3.75, Dhawan 3.75 (our choice), Rainia 5.50, Karthik 9.00, Dhoni 13.00, Hardik Pandya 34.00.
Ireland: Stirling 4.33, Shannon 4.50, Singh 6.00, Wilson 7.50, Kevin O’Brien 8.00.
Who will be the top bowlers for India vs. Ireland cricket odds?
We just missed out on a nice return at 4.00 on Ireland losing a wicket in the first over. Hardik Pandya’s dropped catch to cost us, but if you want to look at that option again, Betway have trimmed the odds slightly to 3.75.
Alternatively, there is the 7.00 on offer from Bet365 on any player from either side scoring a century. Rohit Sharma came so close with 97 on Wednesday.
Either of those picks could be profitable but we’ll finish ourselves with India’s top bowler betting. Ireland had no answer to India’s spinners but this is a quality seam attack that should play its part in securing a second straight win.
Once again, we suggest leaving this bet until the starting XI is confirmed but in a market where Kuldeep Yadav starts as favourite at 3.75 with Betway, Bhuvneshwar Kumar offers excellent value at 4.75 with Betway again.
Top bowler cricket odds summary:
India: Kuldeep Yadav 3.75, Chahal 4.50, Kumar 4.75 (our pick), Bumrah 4.75, Pandya 5.00, Raina 13.00.