England are hosting West Indies in the first Test of the three-match series at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, which started from July 9, Wednesday.
After a dull first day, we experienced a full day of cricket on the second day of the Test match between England and West Indies. After opting to bat, England closed the day having lost just one wicket with Joe Denly and Rory Burns at the crease. But West Indies bowling attack, especially their skipper Jason Holder and Shanon Gabriel had other plans for the England batting lineup. Believe it or not, England were bundled out for a modest total of 204 runs with Ben Stokes being the top scorer with 43 runs as we had predicted in yesterday's tips.
Holder was the star of the show as he picked up six wickets and Gabriel rattled the English batsmen early on in the day and he too shone with four scalps to his name.
That was something England was not expecting that for sure nor the not-in-the-stadium Barmy Army to be honest. West Indies bowling attack's surge led by Holder ran through the England batting lineup and they fell apart like a house of cards. West Indies came out to bat and showed a lot of resilience and the only wicket was claimed by James Anderson. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope are out unbeaten and West Indies trail by 147 runs. It remains to be seen if they can see out the morning session of Day 3 of this first Test match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. For now, I need you to concentrate on the markets I have brought you for Day 3.
Kraigg Brathwaite has huge responsibilities on his shoulders to see out the first session of the day and once he does that, he can grow on the nerves of the English fans. Brathwaite holds a good record when it comes to playing against England as he averages 36.88 and has scored 627 runs including two centuries and one fifty. When Brathwaite plays in England, he averages 50.50 having scored 303 runs in just four matches with one hundred and one half-century to his name. In the first match innings, he averages 41.31 with 909 runs to his name including two hundreds and six half tons. In the second position on the batting lineup, Brathwaite averages 38.00 with 684 runs to his name and has two hundreds and three fifties. There is a reason to push for Brathwaite and it is simply because of his big efforts in England against the host.
10Cric is offering odds of 1.90 for Brathwaite to score at least 39 runs and if you would go by my words and numbers, you are in for a show here!
West Indies Mr Dependable Shai Hope has come out to bat in number three and England will have plenty to worry about tomorrow. However, in this market's scenario the odds are relatively higher than I had expected and this is your chance to make almost double the investment. Hope averages 42.58 against England with 511 runs in just eight matches with two centuries and two fifties. The classy right handed batsman has 378 runs in four matches at a jaw-dropping average of 75.60 with two centuries and one half ton. Can you even believe that average? Yes, in case you do not believe, these numbers are for real! Just to add to those numbers, Shai Hope averages 34.75 when he is playing away from home.
LeoVegas is offering odds of 1.90 for Hope to score at least 30 runs and going by the looks of these statistics of the Caribbean, it is likely to happen.
I have already spoken about Hope in the previous segment sharing few of the statistical brilliance for Hope. Now I am just going to add to those numbers making sure that you get a lot of cash in return tomorrow when it happens. Hope's overall average (27.29) in the longest format of the game may not speak highly about him but his antics against England definitely does. As you are already aware of his average against England (42.58), it is his second-most against the Test playing nation. He has scored two centuries in Test cricket and both of them have come against England and that too at their own backyard. Hope has five Test fifties and two of them have been scored against England. Therefore you can understand the kind of threat he possesses, especially, while Hope is playing on the English soil, where he has an average of 75.60. He has scored 1288 runs under the able leadership of Jason Holder at an average of 33.02.
Royal Panda is offering amazing odds of 3.75 for Hope to be the top West Indies batsman and if the statistics are to be believed, that might as well be the case.
Kraigg Brathwaite to score more than 38.5 runs - @ 1.90 (10Cric)
Shai Hope to score over 28.5 runs - @ 1.90 (LeoVegas)
Shai Hope to be the top team batsman for West Indies - @ 3.75 (Royal Panda)