Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - West Indies v India 1st Test
The 1st Test between West Indies and India will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound in Antigua.
With India having won both the T20I and ODI series, they would like to seal the Test matches as well, a format in which they are head and shoulders above their opponents, to bring an end to the tour on a positive note.
That said, West Indies have been formidable in home conditions, beating England recently, and would be no pushovers.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten century in India's only practice match against West Indies A, while each of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari scored half-centuries.
With the ball, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav picked up three wickets each in the first innings while Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up one wicket each in the second essay.
Surprisingly Mohammed Shami did not bowl and it might be a fitness issue for him.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will open the innings for India, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli to follow.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo will be the pillars of the West Indian batting line-up, with Shimron Hetmyer providing them with the x-factor.
Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach will lead the team's bowling line-up while Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall and skipper Jason Holder will be their all-rounders.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
West Indies- Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach
India- Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari/Ajinkya Rahane/Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - India
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – C Pujara (India), Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ishant Sharma (India), Shannon Gabriel (West Indies)
Most Sixes – Virat Kohli (India), Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies)
Man of the Match – C Pujara
Team Scores Batting first – India 380+, West Indies 260+
Match Handicap India
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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