India Huge Favourites To Win ODI Series After Second ODI Victory
Sportsbooks, such as Betway and Bet365, have India as the ODI favourites for the third and final showdown of the series. The match takes place on 14 August in Port of Spain, with the bookies having India at 1.24 to win the 3rd ODI. Meanwhile, the West Indies are on offer at 4.10.
India ODI Favourites After 2nd ODI Win
The first ODI between India and the West Indies was washed out due to bad weather. That then made it crucial for both teams to win the second ODI. India did just that in convincing fashion. In fact, both their batsmen and bowlers came to the party to give India a 59-run win by the D/L scoring system. Hence, India are now huge ODI favourites to claim the whole series.
Virat Kohli Cracks A Classy Century
Virat Kohli played good cricket throughout the 2019 World Cup, getting to five half centuries. Based on the high standards he sets, however, it wasn’t good enough. After all, Kohli is known for his ability to convert these fifties into hundreds.
In the second ODI against the West Indies, India subsequently batted first. They quickly found themselves in trouble, though, as they lost Shikhar Dhawan (2) in the first over. It gave Kohli the platform to build an innings and get himself back into great form. Kohli then cracked a classy century of 120 runs off 125 balls, which included 14 fours and one six.
His 42nd ODI century helped him surpass former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. The latter had the second most ODI runs (11,363) for India. Kohli is now second on the list, with only Sachin Tendulkar ahead of him with (18,426).
S Iyer Shows He Belongs In ODI Team
With Dhawan and Rohit Sharma back in the shed early, it was up to Kohli and Rishabh Pant batting at number 4 to build the innings. Given India’s middle-order woes over the last two years, it was a great chance for Pant to make a strong statement in the ODI format. He failed once again, scoring just 20 runs.
Shreyas Iyer came in at number 5 and grabbed his opportunity with both hands. Iyer put together a 100 run partnership with Kohli as he showed great patience and temperament. He made 71 off 68 balls in a knock that included five fours and one six. If Iyer can put together another good knock in the 3rd ODI, he can lay claim to a permanent spot in the middle-order.
There is also a good case for Iyer to be batting at number 4 and Pant being pushed to number 5. Iyer is a batsman by trade, whereas Pant is a wicket-keeper batsman. Iyer also has a better technique and temperament than Pant, which is what is required at number 4.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Takes Four To Seal Win
Chris Gayle is playing his last ODI series in international cricket and is keen on finishing with a bang. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not allow Gayle to settle down as he trapped him lbw for 11. E Lewis (65) then put together a couple of partnerships with Shimron Hetmyer (18) and Nicholas Pooran (42) to keep the West Indies in the game.
However, B Kumar came back for his second spell and struck twice in the 35th over to remove Pooran and Roston Chase (18). That put the West Indies on the back foot once more. With rain looming on the horizon, the loss of wickets hurt the West Indies chances of winning. B Kumar would go on to claim his 4th wicket when he dismissed Kemar Roach to finish with four wickets in the match.
The rest of the bowlers cleaned up the tail; Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets each, while Khaleel Ahmed and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket a piece. Kohli was subsequently awarded the Man of the Match title. Naturally, he will be eager to wrap up the series with an emphatic 2-0 victory.