West Indies hammered Ireland in the opening match of the series, claiming a 5-wicket victory. It’s time for the hosts to aim for a second win and inch closer to winding up the series. On the other hand, Ireland will be hoping to stage an upset. Meanwhile, punters like us can make the most out of the situation and bet on lucrative odds to make our wallets heavier by the week. Here are the top three bets which will fetch you money from Thursday’s match.
Living up to his name, the right hander has been West Indies’ hope in the last couple of years and he is also our hope to win the bet and ship in some easy money by the end of the day. In the last five matches, his scores are – 13, 42, 78, 102, 109 (344 runs at an average of 68.8)! Hope was the third highest run scorer in One-Day Internationals in 2019, racking up 1345 runs at an average of 61.13, which includes four centuries and eight fifties.
Having played only four matches against Ireland, the opener has scored 220 runs at an average of 55.00, including his career best of 170. Ireland is one of the opponents which he loves to score against. In Day/Night matches, his record takes an upward curve, having scored 1126 runs in 24 innings at a rate of 70.73 with 4 centuries and as many fifties to his name. Arguably, he is the best batter for his side and back him up will surely reap dividends.
The Irishman has been a mainstay in the national side since it gained prominence in the world stage. You must be wondering why I summoned him of all people. Be patient, I will tell you why!
In the last five matches he played against the West Indies, the southpaw has registered scores of 15, 3, 12, 0, 23 (10.6 on an average). As visible, only once has he scored north of 21 runs just once in the above mentioned cases. In the last five ODIs, Porterfield passed the stipulated mark a one occasion, having maintained an average of 21.8, which again works for us perfectly. The batsman has struggled in the Caribbean it seems, having scored just 50 runs in four matches he’s played in this part of the world, averaging 12.5 and registering a score of above 21 only once. Overall, he has played 10 matches against the Windies and averaged 10.30. Can’t you hear the need of the hour? Just place the bet and relax as almost double the investment is on your way!
The Kensington Oval has predominantly favoured the batsman, which already gives us a head start before going into this bet. If we scrutinise the last five matches played at the venue, only two times have the count crossed 12, which is definitely a good sign in the context of the bet. In the two concerned games, a total of 47 sixes have been hit, with Chris Gayle hitting 24 of them. Without his absence, we are not expecting fireworks in this series. But, we miss him, don’t we?
On the other hand, the last five matches Ireland featured, none of the matches has registered more than 12 sixes. Incidentally, the European has hit just 9 maximums (which is not even less than 2 per match). Even in the last five matches played in the Caribbean, only two games have had more than 12 sixes. That’s sums up, we are not expecting more than 12 sixes even in the worst case scenario. Now, you can take your time and place the bet on this full-proof bet.
If you wager $100 on each of the bets individually, a return of $716 ($350 + $183 + $183). That’s playing the safe way. But where’s the fun in that?
Take a risk, parlay bets for odds of 11.72.
The equation: Investment - $300, Return: $3516