West Indies v Australia Second ODI Betting Preview
West Indies v Australia: ODI Game 2, 18/3 – 9.30am (Local Time) 19/3- 12:30am AEST at Arnos Vale Ground, St Vincent
Australia kicked off their West Indian tour with a 64-run victory in the first ODI on Friday.
They return to the same venue for the second ODI and once again it will be the slow bowlers that will have the greatest impact.
The surface at St Vincent was slow and made life difficult for batsmen highlighted by Xavier Doherty’s four-wicket haul and the fact that George Bailey’s innings of 48 was the top score for both sides.
Both sides will want an improved batting performance, in particular the West Indies who lost 6/7 at one stage through their innings in the first match.
As already stated the slow pitch at the Arnos Vale Ground is going to favour the spin bowlers.
Australian spinner Xavier Doherty picked up 4/49 in the first match and will be crucial to the Australian bowling attack once again.
Marlon Samuels is the key figure for the West Indies. While he is in the side for his batting it was his bowling that troubled the Australians in the first ODI.
He picked up 2/29 off his 8 overs and also top scored with 35. He is definitely the one to watch in this clash as the Windies look to level the series.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS:
The forecast is possible thunderstorms with a top of 29 degrees.
There are two pitches available at the Arnos Vale Ground and even if they use a different pitch it’s still likely to be slow and favourable for spin bowling.
Australia should go into the clash with an unchanged line-up. The only possible change if any could be the addition of spinner Nathan Lyon at the expense of Peter Forrest.
Here is how the Australians are likely to line-up:
- David Warner
- Shane Watson (c)
- Peter Forrest
- Michael Hussey
- David Hussey
- George Bailey
- Mathew Wade
- Daniel Christian
- Brett Lee
- Clint McKay
- Xavier Doherty
The West Indies like Australia may bring in an extra spinner due to the pitch conditions. Spinner Devendra Bishoo could come into the side to replace Andre Russell.
Here is how the West Indians are likely to line-up:
- Kieran Powell
- Johnson Charles
- Marlon Samuels
- Darren Bravo
- Dwayne Bravo
- Kieron Pollard
- Carlton Baugh
- Darren Sammy (c)
- Devendra Bishoo
- Sunil Narine
- Kemar Roach
It’s hard to go past Australia although the West Indies will definitely improve on their performance from the first match.
The Australian batsmen have now had a chance to adapt to the local conditions and will also improve.
It could come down to the battle of the spinners and if Nathan Lyon is named in the Australian side to partner Xavier Doherty it could be a deciding factor in this match.
BEST HEAD-TO-HEAD BET:
Australia to win ($1.33)
AUSTRALIA HIGH BAT:
Michael Hussey ($6.50)
WEST INDIES HIGH BAT:
Marlon Samuels ($5.00)
AUSTRALIA MOST WICKETS:
Xavier Doherty ($4.50)
WEST INDIES MOST WICKETS:
Dwayne Bravo ($5.50)