England will collide in the final ODI of the three-match series with Ireland at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, which will take place tomorrow.
England have already clinched the ODI series as they went 2-0 up having won the second ODI as well by four wickets a couple of days ago. There were plenty of positives for Ireland as they did not give up easily in either of the matches they have played so far in this series. They fought right until they could place the England batsmen in spots of bother but at the end, it was the Three Lions, who got the better of the visitors. You can argue with me saying the result is all that matters at the end but for a team like Ireland, coming into England and playing some really competitive all-round cricket is THE takeaway for me.
England’s top order has not fired consistently and their upper-middle order have crumbled in both ODIs. It was Sam Billings, who powered England over the line in both the ODIs and he deserves quite an applause for those efforts. The young Irish Curtis Campher, on the other hand, have been phenomenal with the bat in this series so far and he is expected to shine again in the final match of the series. But for now, let me bring your attention to the markets that I have assorted for you to bet on - let’s take a look.
Jonny Bairstow has slowly gone on to become one of the first names in that England ODI setup in recent years. However, I remember mentioning the failure percentage of Bairstow and Jason Roy, when it comes to the betting market but I am willing to take a risk with this one and to be honest, so should you. I will not be asking you to place a bet on this market without any rhyme or reason for sure and that is exactly why I want to let you know that Bairstow has an ODI career average of 46.98 and has 3007 runs to his name including nine centuries and 12 half tons. If you don’t want to consider the above, look at this - he has managed to score 2070 runs at home at an impressive average of 57.50 including six centuries and nine fifties. Under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, Bairstow has been quite excellent with his piece of Gray-Nicolls as he has an average of 50.83 including nine centuries and 12 half tons. He showed us his class, composure and attacking intent in the second game against Ireland where he rocketed to 82 runs from just 41 balls and it was because of mostly his effort upfront, that England managed to crawl over the line at the end. In the third match of any ODI series, Bairstow still maintains an average of 46.16 and that is just above the mark that we need him to hit for us to win tomorrow. Royal Panda has the best odds (1.90) for this market and there is no way I am going to miss out on this opportunity and so should you too!!
Ireland have probably found a little gem in the form of the young debutant Curtis Campher; although it is way too early to say that the way he handled and placed both his innings in the respective games in the ongoing series so far, is simply incredible by all standards. When the likes of Andrew McBrine, William Porterfield and Kevin O’Brien failed, it was Campher who rose to the occasion and came up clutch with the bat and occasionally with the ball as well. This is his debut series and that too away from home in England and he is the highest run-scorer in the series so far; In two matches, Campher has 127 runs to his name including two half-centuries. Prior to this, he has featured in three List-A matches and has managed to rack up 181 runs at an incredible average of 90.50; and guess what - Campher has scored half-centuries in each of those games. In both the matches in this series so far, he bailed Ireland out of tricky situations and has managed to help his side post respectable totals against England. In the first game, he remained unbeaten on 59*, while the rest of his team crumbled under pressure and in the second match, Campher added 68 runs to Ireland’s total before getting dismissed. England and Ireland are going to be playing the final match of the series at the same venue and I am expecting Campher to score big yet again tomorrow given the naivety of their batting order. Royal Panda is offering odds of 7.00 for Campher to be the top Ireland batsman and I am going for it!
It has been a forgetful series for James Vince with the bat and there is only one match left up his sleeves to prove that he is worthy of getting a seat in this team’s ‘golden’ bus. But I have serious doubts about the same as Vince has only managed to score 41 runs in two matches at an average of 20.50. There is no doubt about Vince’s flamboyance on the pitch with the bat but the right-hander hasn’t quite lived up to his potential. In 15 matches for England, Vince has managed to score only 306 runs at an average of 23.53 including just one half-century. When it comes to facing Ireland in the fifty over format, he has played four matches and has 59 runs to his name, averaging only 19.66. In the year 2019, Vince got a place in this ODI team on seven occasions, and he could only manage 134 runs at an average of 22.33. He has played in 10 matches under Morgan’s captaincy, and Vince could score only 210 runs at an average of 23.33. Moreover, James Vince is not used to coming out at number three as his preferred position is the opening slot, which is currently occupied by Roy and Bairstow. So, there will be a day when the selectors and Morgan will run out of patience and hand his place over to some other batsman who will be more consistent and willing to keep that place in this Three Lions side. Dafabet is offering odds of 1.87 for Vince to score under 35 runs and I can see an opportunity here to win and even almost double our investments, so don’t miss out on this chance because I’m not going to.