West Indies v India 1st Test: Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on August 20, 2019

India’s tour of the Caribbean has been a one-sided affair so far. Can the home side gain any success on the 5-day leg? West Indies and India will now play two games in the newly-formed World Test Championship. The first of them will start in Antigua on Thursday. Therefore, here are some West Indies vs India 1st Test tips.

The tourists look in good shape after the successful T20 and ODI series and, as you might expect, Virat Kohli’s men are betting favorites to take the honors here, according to the cricket odds.

What are the cricket odds for West Indies v India?

India heads the result betting by some margin. You can back the visitors at odds of 1.40 with Betway for the win. Victory for the West Indies is quoted at 5.50 with Bet365, while the same sportsbook has the best numbers for the draw at 7.50.

The good news for the Windies is, that after years of struggle in the longer formats, they now have a strong batch of promising young cricketers. Unfortunately, as we said at the start of the one-dayers, their best chance of victory came in the T20is. This represents their preferred format.

Patience and stamina is lacking in test cricket right now. We expect India to breeze to victory in both of these tests.

Match Odds Summary: West Indies 5.50, India 1.40 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), The Draw 7.50 (Bet365).

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

Both teams make changes from the limited-overs squads. So, there are some new faces to consider in the top batsman markets. Remember, this is test cricket, so the runs count on first innings only and for the Windies, we have three joint-favorites. Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo and Shai Hope all go off at 5.50 with Betway. They are followed by John Campbell at 6.00.

Shimron Hetmyer’s explosive talents have yet to transfer to test cricket. But, he could be an option for this game at 7.00. There’s no Nicholas Pooran for this game, so other home picks could include Roston Chase at 7.00, Shane Dowrich at 10.00 and skipper Jason Holder at 11.00 – all with Bet365.

For India, Rohit Sharma was the form batter in the T20s before Virat Kohli took over in the ODIs. Both men are good options in India’s top batsman market. However, it’s Kohli who starts as favorite at 3.00. In the test side, Rohit bats much lower, so he will start at long odds of 9.00. There are also some strong picks in between those two players.

Cheteshwar Pujara is an accumulator in the test format and he can be claimed at 4.75, while Mayank Agarwal is at 6.00. KL Rahul is quoted at 6.50, while Ajinkya Rahane is tempting at 7.50. For outside sattas, take a look at Hanuma Vihari at 8.00 or Rishabh Pant at 11.00.

Pujara is a huge favorite of ours in this market and, if we have a flat deck and a fairly standard seam attack, he can go big here. Kohli is in good form and may be hard to ignore but at 3.00, the skipper is too short, so we’ll stay with Pujara for these West Indies vs India 1st Test tips.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: West Indies: Brathwaite 5.50, Hope 5.50, Bravo 5.50, Campbell 6.00, Hetmyer 7.00, Chase 7.00, Dowrich 10.00, Holder 11.00.

India: Kohli 3.00, Pujara 4.50 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Agarwal 6.00, Rahul 6.50, Rahane 7.50, Vihari 8.00, Rohit Sharma 9.00, Pant 11.00.

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

We’ve taken a favorite and a second favorite so far and we’ll, therefore, finish with a longer option. India’s top bowler market tends to favor the seamers with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah locked as joint-favorites in places.

Our pick is Ravichandran Ashwin, who should have a big part to play on first innings. He’s as short as 3.20 with some sportsbooks, so the odds of 4.50 represent some excellent value.

India Top Bowler Odds Summary: Bumrah 3.75, Shami 4.25, Ashwin 4.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Ishant Sharma 5.00, Jadeja 5.50.