Another mighty thrashing was handed out in this topsy turvy competition on Friday, as India hammered the hosts, West Indies by 102 runs (D/L method). Even allowing for Duckworth/Lewis, it was still a good beating.
The situation today sees a battered West Indies taking on Sri Lanka, with a win for the Windies guaranteeing them their spot in Thursday’s final.
The online bookmakers see this one as another tight one, and have West Indies as marginal favourites.
The pitch had enough grass on it last Friday for both captains to claim they would have put the opposition in, had they won it. Obviously, by winning the toss, only Dwayne Bravo actually had the decision to make. Bravo’s bad luck didn’t end there, as he now finds himself suspended from today’s match for a slow over rate.
The tournament has opened right back up now with India claiming the bonus point last Friday. It now means all outcomes are back on the table.
A West Indies win today, with or without a bonus point, puts them in the final. If they lose they are not out, but they will be depending on the result of the final round-robin match between Sri Lanka and India, and bonus points, etc.
A win for Sri Lanka today with a bonus point puts them through. A win without a bonus point puts them level on points with West Indies, and opens up the prospect of all three teams finishing equal on points, and run rate deciding the final outcome. A win for India on Tuesday with a bonus point, will see them through to the final no matter what happens in today’s match.
With all these ifs, buts, and maybes, the outright winner betting has changed again with West Indies out to 6/4 favourites. India are now second favourites at 7/4, and Sri Lanka are the outsiders at 2/1.