England started the ODI series with a comfortable win in the first match and now have a chance to close out the series on Sunday 5 March when they take on West Indies at the North Sound Stadium.
West Indies v England 2nd ODI Preview
West Indies had their moments in the first match but weren’t consistent enough to capitalise. On a tricky pitch, they kept the aggressive England batsmen under check. Even Eoin Morgan struggled for fluency initially but the hosts were profligate with their fielding, letting the match slowly drift away.
Jason Holder will have worries about the top-order batting with all three failing to muster a noteworthy score. He would be happy though with the performances of Jason Mohammed and Jonathan Carter.
With the ball, Devendra Bishoo was disappointing and the hosts struggled for control in the final overs too. With very little margin in a short series like this, West Indies will have to improve their performance quickly.
Morgan was forthright in claiming ahead of the first ODI that his side needs to temper their aggressive instincts on a sluggish surface. Credit to him for leading from the front with a mature century in a perfect demonstration of calculated aggression and subtlety.
Sam Billings playing in the place of injured Alex Hales demonstrated his ability to adapt so well that he definitely warrants another game. Joe Root was unlucky to get a grubber but Morgan otherwise has very little worries about his batting line-up.
Same goes with the bowling where the star all-rounder Ben Stokes wasn’t even required. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett impressed with their pace while Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali plugged away with control and consistency.
West Indies v England 2nd ODI Line-ups
West Indies will think hard about their top three and although it’s cruel to drop anyone for just one failure. Also, Bishoo’s performance with the ball was disappointing which could mean another change there.
All of a sudden, England will hope that Hales’ hamstring isn’t healed yet. Billings’ performance is a welcome headache although he could miss out if Hales is back to being fit. Otherwise, there may not be any changes in the England line-up.
West Indies v England 2nd ODI Odds
The markets still favour an England win and understandably so. At odds of $1.33 (William Hill
), there isn’t much value on the visitors’ win. The need to win this match to stay alive in the series could be the kick in the backside that the hosts need. West Indies’ win is offered at odds of $3.40 (William Hill
) which is slightly aggressive.
Morgan’s hundred on a sluggish pitch was a top notch effort although it looks highly unlikely if there would be another century in the second ODI. Odds of $2.00 (bet365
) on a hundred not to be scored in the match is an interesting punt.
Morgan has scored two tons in the last three matches and looks in cracking form ahead of this match. Odds of $2.25 (Ladbrokes
) are being offered for him to score fifty. For the hosts, Jason Mohamed is being offered odds of $3.75 (Ladbrokes
) to do the same.
West Indies v England 2nd ODI Tips
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