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We have a fascinatingly posed Day 5 of the second test between England and West Indies. It might be a cliché to say but all three results are indeed possible going into this match. Yes, an England victory or a Draw seems most likely but who is to say the West Indian batsmen will not score around 3 n over and actually go for the win?
The fourth day was slow until it suddenly accelerated. Stuart Broad took three wickets in ten balls to cause a West Indies lower-order collapse and ensure England still had a chance to win. Overall, though, the England bowling was a bit disappointing.
Chris Woakes was far too short for most of the day and Dominic Bess was completed ineffective. He pitched up the ball when trying to bowl outside off-stump or was too straight and kept being picked away. Both of them must improve if England has a chance to win.
The West Indians would be happy that a couple of their batsmen got fifties. Shai Hope also looked pretty good before getting out in a now familiar manner. The pitch is not really breaking up as much as was expected and the West Indies could hold out and escape with a draw. The weather, though, is not going to help them and we can expect a full 98 overs of play.
England has to work very hard to try and win this match from here and to possibly keep a series win in sight as well. Remember, there are also some very important World Test Championship points at stake in this match as well.
We expect England to come out for around 5-10 overs to get 50 more runs if possible. This will give the West Indies a target of about 270 in about 88-90 overs. The required run-rate is not too much but difficult on a fifth day pitch.
It will also give England enough chance for a last push with the new ball if it comes to that.
Once the West Indian batsmen are in, it is all about the English batting. Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, and Dominic Bess are the bowlers that have to win this match for England. Woakes was quite poor in the first inning and lucky to end up with three wickets. Stokes is an excellent fifth bowler but this match must be won by the specialist bowlers.
This is free money as far as we are concerned. There is no way that England is going to bat for long enough to give Joe Root an opportunity to beat this total. He could also get out in trying to increase the run-rate.
Root is batting on 8 and will require more time than is available to get past 34. Make the most of this opportunity. Such chances to win almost double your stake for a safe bet like this don’t come around often enough.
Once again, anyone with a half decent knowledge of the game is going yo know that this is free money on offer for users. England is going to bat for about 10-12 overs max and is on 37 right now. This means it will have to score about 80 runs in that much time. Possible but highly unlikely.
We don’t think England is even going to come close to making these many runs before declaring.
Another excellent opportunity to make some money here.
Day 2 of the England vs West Indies Test match belonged completely to the hosts. Powered by a 176 from Ben Stokes and a very measured century from Dominic Sibley, England managed to put 469/9 on the board before declaring.
There were a couple of things that were very interesting to observe on Day 2. None of the batsmen, except Stokes for a brief period of time, were able to score freely on this pitch. The footmarks became visibly bigger from the start of the second day to the end.
This indicates that batting is going to become very tough by the end of day 3 or middle of day 4.
Jos Buttler got a good 40 before getting out, Sam Curran made his presence felt immediately, but Stuart Broad looked a bit out of sorts. Maybe he was trying too hard to make a statement but he gave away too many freebies in his first spell.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Alzarri Joseph are at the crease for the West Indies. They are 437 runs behind, a massive total by any measure, and will need to play exceptionally just to make England bat again. Normally, the third day of the test is considered to be the best for batting but we think that is already past us.
Let us see what Day 3 holds in store.
All eyes are going to be on Dominic Bess in this match. He has a pitch that is turning square and a big score to back him up. Roston Chase took five wickets for the West Indies and it is Dominic Bess’s turn to return the favor.
Batting is going to be very difficult for the West Indies. They may be able to go for long periods defending but when the wickets come, they will come quickly. The real challenge will have to come from Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, and Jason Holder.
Looking down the order for a potential highest-scorer may not be a bad thing.
For England, Sam Curran is going to pose difficult questions with his left-arm angle while Bess can be expected to bowl at least 20 overs in the day.
Alzarri Joseph is batting on 14 right now and is going to be facing a fresh set of bowlers on Day 3. He was already out plumb LBW to Sam Curran but England did not review the decision. There are better odds available for lower scores but we almost a 50% return on this bet is a very good return.
Joseph has an average of 6.37 in Tests although his highest score is 34. Still, this is an excellent chance to bank some relatively safe returns to start the day.
We cannot believe that England is still available for such a good price at this stage of the match. West Indies is close to $81 at the moment, which just shows how little a chance the men from the Caribbean have.
The draw has been given a decent shot by the bookmakers and that could be because of the weather. Still, considering the state of the pitch and the way it is turning, we should have enough time for a result.
It is highly unlikely that you will get a batter price for England to win this match from here on in. Capitalize and make sure you bank some more cash for yourself! This one is a no-brainer.
The first day of the second test between England and West Indies ended with England on 207 for three. If at the beginning of the day England would have been given this score, they would have taken it.
The West Indies lost some important moments in the day. They chose to bowl knowing fully well that no team in history had won after choosing to bowl first at Manchester.
They then dropped catches, misfielded, and looked sloppy throughout. Shannon Gabriel was giving away 2 runs standing at mid-on!
Dom Sibley was lucky to be there at the end but the scorecard is going to show a nice inning of 86 not out.
Roston Chase and Jason Holder were the most effective bowlers for the West Indies on Day 1. The amount of turn that Chase got is going to make the West Indies nervous about batting fourth for sure.
Ben Stokes is well set and England has a lot of batting yet to come. Let us see what Day 2 could have in store for us.
We lost a little bit of play to rain and a very similar forecast is expected for day 2. Some rain is possible but we should get the majority of the overs in.
The plan for England is simple. Bat for as long as you can and get as many as you can. The pitch is going to get more and more difficult to bat so this is the best time to be batting. A score close to 350 is going to effectively put the West Indies out of the game in our opinion.
The spinners are going to play a massive role in this match. Chase is already getting the ball to spin square and Dominic Bess will have to lead the attack for England, whenever he gets a chance.
The fitness of the West Indian bowlers was in question ahead of the match and we think they suffered on that account on Day 1. It is going to be hard work for them if they cannot get a couple of early England wickets.
Sibley is batting on 86 not out at the moment and is no doubt going to have some nervy moments when he restarts. However, he is going to be confident and has spent enough time to know what the pitch has in store.
There is no hurry for him to score runs or to take unnecessary risks. The pitch is also going to be at its best after the initial half an hour.
You can double your stake on this bet and we think it is well worth the risk.
England’s opener put together 29 runs in the first inning so the West Indian pair needs to get out under that for you to win.
England has Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes who are likely to take the new ball. We fancy them against the West Indian openers, particularly the left-handed John Campbell.
Broad is excellent against the left-handers while Woakes can swing the ball both ways. This is our ‘safe’ bet for the day to try and bank some money.
West Indies won the first match against England and now holds a 1-0 lead. This is the first time in 20 years that the West Indies has won its first match of the series in England. It also means that the England vs West Indies Wisden Trophy will go to England only if it can manage to win the two remaining matches.
There is very little turnaround between matches and this is where the depth of two sides is going to be tested. Can the West Indies find a way to out-perform England even when the odds remain stacked against it? England is going to welcome back Joe Root for this match and is likely to make a couple of other changes as well to its bowling attack. Is that going to be enough?
England vs West Indies 2nd Test match 2020 is going to be played at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester starting on the 16th of July 2020.
There were more than a few occasions in the opening match where England could have taken an insurmountable lead against the West Indies but they let those opportunities go. Now, we think it is high time that some of those weaknesses are addressed and a few changes are made.
The first change is obvious. Joe Root is going to come-in and Joe Denly looks like the player that is going to miss out. Zak Crawley scored 76 in the second inning while both the openers also had one inning of substance.
Crawley will move up to three and Root will come in at four.
As the best batsman for England right now, Joe Root is going to be a welcome addition. He is also the captain of the side and has enough experience to lead the team out of this tough situation.
Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, and Jos Buttler should keep their places, for the time being, however, the scrutiny on Jos Buttler’s batting is increasing. He just has one century in his career so far and seems to struggle in test cricket. With a hungry Jonny Bairstow in the wings, Buttler is going to feel the pressure for sure.
Now, the bowling attack. Stuart Broad missed out in the first test and made a lot of noise about it. Will bringing him back for the next test seem weak? Is it unfair to the bowlers who played the first test? We think he is going to be back in place of Mark Wood even though it may not be completely fair.
Dom Bess is going to be under pressure for his place as well. He did not pick a single wicket in the second inning when the pitch was at its most receptive to the spinners.
There are too many England players that are playing for their place in the team right now and that is a big concern.
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, JE Root, BA Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, CR Woakes, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad.
West Indies played excellent cricket and deserved to win. It did not win the toss, had to chase a tricky total on the last day, and was missing two of its best batsman as well. Nothing deterred it and some superlative performances from the bowlers led the way.
Now, the trick is going to be backing that performance up with another one.
The West Indian fast bowlers did a lot of work and injuries would be the main concern for the team right now. Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, and Alzarri Joseph are all returning from injury lay-offs. If any one of them pulls up in the middle of the second test, it is going to be disastrous for the team.
They do have the Chemar Holder as back-up but he is untested and perhaps just a bit too raw at the moment.
The same attack as the first test has to stay fit and continue to put in the work. We are sure that the West Indian fast-bowlers would be praying for their team to bat first in Manchester!
West Indies gave up 313 runs in the second inning even after triggering a late collapse. Work ahead of the West Indies bowlers should not be taken lightly.
On the batting front, John Campbell is the only batsman that could miss out if he does not fully-recover by Thursday. Other than that, though, the same batting lineup is expected. Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, and Shmarh Brooks did pretty well in the first test.
Jason Holder has not been needed and Shai Hope has not been able to contribute either.
There is still some steam left in the West Indies batting and that will make the England team nervous.
Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.
It is a huge advantage to win the toss and bat first. 30 out of the 44 results here have been in favor of the team batting first. The first couple of days are very good for batting and so unless there is an unexpected amount of grass on the surface, teams will want to bat first.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Clouds are expected on the first three days of the test match but the most serious threat of rain is on the third day. There should be plenty of time for a result in this match as well. The surface usually takes spin going into the fourth day onward and batting becomes progressively more difficult.
The average first inning score is 333 while it is just 166 in the fourth.
We could see a bit more grass than usual seeing as two test matches have to be played with hardly any break between them.
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West Indies has now won four out of the last six test matches it has played against England. This England team has a lot of problems in the batting and the bowling attack needs to be reshuffled too. That being said, West Indies has a weaker batting lineup (even after taking the last match into account) and its bowlers are going to be tired.
England is available at $1.40 which is a good price.
Bet on England to win.
Our favorite Bets
Total Sixes in the match – Under 6.5 ($1.60)
Sixes are not a priority in test matches and this is why we are advocating going under in this bet. Not a single six was hit in the first test in either inning. The bowling attacks are pretty strong and this could be a good relatively safe bet for this match.
Any Player to hit a century in the 1st inning – Yes ($1.70)
This is a great bet in our opinion. You are not picking any one batsman or even a team. Any batsman from any team in the first inning hits a century and you get paid. Considering that the first inning is the best time to bat, this is another very good bet to make.
Top Batsman in the match – Rory Burns ($8.00)
This is a more of a risk but the return is spectacular too. Burns scored a fifty in the previous inning he played and seemed to be coming into form. He is also likely to bat at a time when the pitch is at its best. Worth a punt for sure.
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