New Zealand is playing West Indies, in their second Test match of the series, at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The match commenced on 11th December, Friday.
The West Indies tour of New Zealand has been dominated by the hosts thus far, with the Kiwis winning the T20I series and the first Test with an innings to spare. In the second Test, that began today, West Indies chose to bowl first and restricted the hosts to 294 runs at the cost of 6 wickets at the end of the day. Henry Nichols emerged as the star performer for the Kiwis with his unbeaten 117 runs, which included 15 fours, being the highest score on the board after Stumps were called on Day 1. West Indies is most likely to come out to bat on the second day, and I have assorted the best three bets for Day 2 which can make your weekend a very merry one.
The Jamaican cricketer has been playing in Test cricket for the Windies over the last two years, in which he has played 20 innings and scored 410 runs at an average of 24.11. But that is no reason for us to rethink this bet. If we look at his recent performances they aren't nearly as impressive, with the last 5 innings yielding a combined 64 runs (2, 26, 0, 32, 4). For any non Math majors out there, he has been able to score at a grand average of 12.8 which is well below the market demand. If the small sample size of five games bothers you, let me ease those concerns as well. Doubling the sample size might give the Windies star a more respectable average, 18.6, but it is still within the limit that LeoVegas has offered.
He might have scored a 26 in the first innings at Hamilton, but seeing the nature of the wicket on Day 1, it is going to be a mighty struggle for the Windies openers against the Kiwi pacers with the new ball. To make things sweeter for you, let me give you one final stat on Campbell. Even in the six matches that he has played for the ICC World Test Championship, his average is a mere 14.54 from 12 innings. LeoVegas has offered odds of 1.86 for Campbell to score under 20.5 runs and this is a good bet to put your money on.
Jermaine Blackwood is a world-class batsman from the West Indies team, who has been on fire in the Test series recently. His career average, from the 32 Test matches he has played, has been 32.07 from 57 innings, which already bodes well for the bet. But his recent performances were where he has truly shone. In the last 10 innings, he had an average of 46.2, with 2 half-centuries and a century in the matches. If that doesn't convince you let me tell you about his past performances against the Kiwis. Blackwood has come out to bat against the Kiwis in three separate innings and he was able to score a total of 190 runs (104, 23, 63) from the 2 matches. With a massive average of 63.33, he scored at least 23 runs in all three games and scored well over the required 23.5 runs both times when he came to bat in for the first innings. LeoVegas has offered odds of 1.86 for Jermaine Blackwood to score over 23.5 runs in his first innings and this bet is too good to turn away from.
I have found another winning market for you with this bet. When we look at the previous games played by the Windies, the opening partnerships in the last 5 innings have been as follows - 53, 4, 1, 0, 16, and as we can clearly see, West Indies was only able to score higher than 20.5 runs once in the last 5 innings with an average of just 14.80. In fact, even in the last 10 innings played by the Windies, the average of opening partnerships was just 18.00, which is also well within the parameters for our bet. In the last 2 matches played against the Kiwis,West Indies managed to get an opening partnership over 20.5 runs just one time in 4 innings and lost their first wicket below 20.5 runs 3 times out of 4. LeoVegas has yet again offered odds of 1.86 for the Total Opening Partnership- Away Team, to be under 20.5 runs, which is a really good bet to win money from.
John Campbell to score under 20.5 runs in the first team innings - @1.86 (LeoVegas.com)
Jermaine Blackwood to score over 23.5 runs in the first team innings - @1.86 (LeoVegas.com)
Total Opening Partnership- Away Team, to be under 20.5 runs - @1.86 (LeoVegas.com)