Thanks to their bonus point against Sri Lanka, West Indies currently sit top of the table with 9 points (teams get 4 points for a win, or 5 points for a win with a bonus point).
Sri Lanka and India both have zero points, and as a result of this, today’s match is already almost a must win for both teams.
There was a great finish to the game between West Indies and India on Sunday, with India pushing West Indies really close after it initially looked like a walk in the park for the Windies.
I’m not sure whether the comeback was down to India’s ODI ability, or just simply West Indies making a pig’s ear of what should have been a reasonably comfortable run chase
Anyway, West Indies got there in the end, and as a result they are now the online bookmakers 11/10 favourites to win the trophy outright.
Onto today’s game and India are favourites. The bookmakers have India at 4/7, and Sri Lanka 11/8.
Punters in India wishing to bet on the match can do so with William Hill, as they accept customers registering from Indian addresses, you can read more about betting in India here at bettingsites.co.in
This is the last of the games at Sabina Park, Jamaica (the rest of the tournament is played at the Queen’s Park Oval, in Trinidad), and it gives Sri Lanka an immediate chance to avenge their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to India.
MS Dhoni is out of this game and the rest of the series, so it will be interesting to see how India cope without him. Dhoni is by far India’s most experienced ODI performer, so in a funny kind of way his absence might not be the worst thing to happen as it could be an interesting opportunity for Duncan Fletcher to judge how his less experienced players cope without their leader – and maybe identify Dhoni’s eventual successor.
The two games so far at Sabina Park have been won by the chasing side, and neither match produced masses of runs. The side that wins the toss should bat second if they are going on previous results, so expect a massive price swing in the odds after the toss.
As I mentioned above, the outright tournament betting see West Indies as 11/10 favourites. India are currently second favourites at 11/8, and Sri Lanka the outsiders at 4/1.