India v West Indies First T20I: Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on December 4, 2019

As 2019 draws to an end, many full member countries of the ICC are starting to build towards next year’s T20 World Cup. Both India and the West Indies have been in test cricket action in recent weeks but the sides are now ready for a three-match T20i series, with the first game going off in Hyderabad on Friday.

West Indies are the reigning T20 World Champions while India are among the favourites to dethrone them but who will come through in this highly-anticipated clash?

What are the cricket odds for India v West Indies?

The West Indies will always offer a threat in the shortest format of the game but the tourists are very much the outside bet here. India start as clear favourites for the win and can be claimed at odds of 1.28 with Bet365 while the West Indies are the outside Satta at 3.25.

An obvious point to consider here is the comparative strength of the two squads. West Indies’ best players tend to appear when a World Cup comes along but for now, there’s no Chris Gayle, no Andre Russell, no Sunil Narine and no Dwayne Bravo. Kieron Pollard leads a competent side that includes big hitters such as Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis but without their big names, we suspect the Windies are staring at a series defeat. In the short form, we’re expecting a 2-1 scoreline in favour of the hosts with India to claim the opener.

Match Odds Summary: India 1.28 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick) West Indies 3.25

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

India suffered a blow ahead of this series when Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out. But their batting remains strong ahead of Friday’s first game. Sanju Samson steps up to cover and he can be claimed at 8.00 with Betway in the hosts’ top batsman market.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are joint favourites at 3.50 with Bet365. They are followed by KL Rahul at 4.50. Batting options in India’s middle order include Shreyas Iyer at 6.50, Rishabh Pant at 7.00 and Manish Pandey at 8.00.

West Indies’ dangerous but inexperienced batting is led by Evin Lewis who is favourite to top score for his side at 3.60. Brandon King is a joint second favourite at 5.00 along with Shimron Hetmyer and Lendl Simmons.

The winner should come from within that group of four. You can also consider Nicholas Pooran at 5.50, Denesh Ramdin at 6.50 and Kieron Pollard at 6.50.

The better value may lie in the West Indian version of this market but it looks a little harder to pick. For India, this should come down to a two-way fight in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan.

Readers will know that we often favour Rohit Sharma. And the opener has been very profitable for us over the years. He’s in solid form and while we’d hope for a longer price, Rohit is the Satta this time.

Top Batsman Odds Summary

India: Kohli 3.50, Rohit Sharma 3.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Rahul 4.50, Iyer 6.50, Pant 7.00, Samson 8.00, Pandey 8.00

West Indies: Lewis 3.60, King 5.00, Hetmyer 5.00, Simmons 5.00, Pooran 5.50, Ramdin 6.50, Pollard 6.50

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

We’ve had to pick two favourites so far and, for our final tip, we’ll therefore look to the outsiders. The Most Sixes betting is very close but India have a slightly longer price of 2.10. West Indies come in at 2.05.

We know that any West Indian side can be dangerous. But with some of their biggest names missing, India’s own power hitters have the chance to give us a profit. We’re banking on India’s bowlers to dismiss their opponents cheaply. And if that scenario comes true, we can collect at a reasonable price.

Most Sixes Odds Summary: India 2.10 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), West Indies 2.05, The Tie 7.50