England have locked horns in the second Test of the three-match series against West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, which started on Thursday.
West Indies did not let the momentum drop for a bit in the first session of the day as they were right on top of their game. Jason Holder won the toss and asked England to bat first in overcast conditions and that was an immediate threat for England.
The first session started late due to rain and the effect of it was evident during the first session of the day. The ball was keeping low every now and then and Holder saw the opportunity to bring in Roston Chase, the spinner and rattle England's top order; believe it or not, that's exactly what happened. Rory Burns and Zak Crawley were dismissed off consecutive deliveries from Chase all of a sudden England were struggling with two of their top-order batsmen back in the hut.
Skipper Joe Root came out to bat but he could not cross the 30-run mark as he fell prey to a beautiful delivery from Alzarri Joseph. England needed a turnaround and it came through the bats of Dominic Sibley and Ben Stokes as West Indies could not dismiss this on Day 1.
The game and the momentum have shifted in England's favour clearly and that is exactly how they would like it to be. Sibley is batting on 86 and Stokes is unbeaten on 59 and both are looking at big individual scores here at the Old Trafford on Day 2.
In the meantime, I have assorted three of the best markets to bet on from Day 2. Why don't you take a closer look at them?
If it was not for Sibley England would have been struggling on the very first day of the second Test match at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Sibley brought out his grit at the right place in the right time and proved his selection in the England Test squad.
The right-hander was absolutely amazing out there in the middle on Day 1 and did not let any of the West Indian bowlers get the better of him. He is on 86 runs and he has taken 253 balls to score them; believe it or not, he has hit just four boundaries at the strike rate of just 34.0.
The amount of resilience shown is simply impeccable and here's a jaw-dropping statistics about Dom Sibley - this man averages a whopping 128.50 in the second match of any Test series. To add to the previous stat - He has two matches and has 257 runs under his belt with one hundred and one half-century, which he has registered in this match already. Sibley has featured in five matches in 2020 and has managed to amass 427 runs at an outstanding average of 71.16 with one century and one-half ton.
Last but not the least, Sibley has one hundred to his name and his highest score is an unbeaten 133, which is way beyond the market demand. The way he has batted in this innings, there is no way I feel that West Indies bowlers are going to get past his defence. Sportsbet.io are offering brilliant odds of 1.90 for Sibley to score at least 113 runs and I can only see a win here for you.
Now that we are done with Sibley, I will request you to shift your focus towards Ben Stokes, who also has been sensational in this Test match. He might have missed on a couple of big scores in the first Test of the series, but he came in handy with his mighty willow just when England needed him the most.
Stokes is batting on 59 and it has taken him 159 balls to score those runs at a strike rate of just 37.1, which is very unlikely of the all-rounder. The amount of patience that Stokes has portrayed in this ongoing game in Manchester is commendable. Stokes has 738 runs against West Indies in just 11 matches at an average of 46.12 with one hundred and five fifties.
His highest score against the Caribbean boys is 100 and that came on the English soil in Leeds. In the year 2020, he has played five Test matches and has managed to pile up 417 runs at an average of 59.57 with one hundred and two fifties, one of which he has scored in this particular game. Stokes' highest score this year is 120 and we do not even want that much as we would just want him to score 38 more runs to make us win this bet.
Sportsbet.io is offering brilliant odds of 1.90 for Stokes to score at least 97 runs and the way he has batted, he is likely to score way more than that on Day 2 of the Test match.
A lot of England cricket fans will be delighted to see the arrival of Stuart Broad in the playing XI as he was dearly missed during the first game. England's second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket has 485 scalps to his name at an average of 28.50 including 17 five-wicket and two 10-wicket hauls.
When he plays against West Indies, Broad has picked up 57 wickets in 18 matches at an average of 28.82 including two five-wicket and one 10-wicket haul. In the ongoing year, Broad has played four games and has managed to add nine more wickets to his tally at an average of just 19.11.
Broad has 18 victims at the venue in seven matches at an average of 28.88 and his best figures of 6/25 came against India several years ago. So why did I choose Broad over Chris Woakes and Sam Curran?
This question should bother you and it is absolutely fair enough considering the statistics I mentioned which is not amazing for sure. But trust me when I say this because I have the numbers to back up my statement - Woakes averages 61.00 against West Indies and has just two victims to his name; Curran, on the other hand, averages 161.00 against the Caribbean men and has only one scalp to his tally.
Now you must believe my reasons to back Broad in this innings of the Test match with the ball? If you do, then head over to 10Cric, who are offering odds of 3.50 for the English seamer to be the top team bowler.