Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- Windies v England 5th ODI
The fans were treated to some slam-bang ODI cricket as England posted a mammoth 418-run total in the last match.
Even such a big total looked well within the reach of Windies at one point but they were ultimately all out for 389, losing the match by 29 runs. The game changer was leggie Adil Rashid who bowled the 48th over and picked up four wickets within five deliveries to bag a fifer and seal the deal.
England were given a good start by openers Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales. Eoin Morgan also capitalised in the middle order with a century but it was the 150* from Jos Buttler, played at strike rate of almost 200, which enabled England to breach the 400-run mark.
In reply, Chris Gayle slammed 14 sixes and 11 fours on the way to 162, before he was castled by Ben Stokes. If Gayle would have stayed a bit longer, victory was certainly for the taking for the hosts. Darren Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite also scored fifties but the team could not capitalise in the final few overs and fell short.
Adil Rashid's five wickets are to be credited because it was he who ensured a win for England. But the pick of the bowlers was Mark Wood who picked up four wickets and conceded just 60 runs which was superb given the context of the match.
Both teams are looking quite settled. If anything, Windies need a bit more spark in their bowling lineup and they would then give any team in the world a run for their money. It would be only fair that Windies succeed in winning the final ODI and square off the series 2-2 as both teams have played high quality cricket in the series till now.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Windies- Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
England- Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shimron Hetmyer (Windies), Jos Buttler (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Sheldon Cottrell (Windies), Mark Wood (England)
Most Fours – Shimron Hetmyer (Windies), Eoin Morgan (England)
Team Scores Batting first – England 330+, Windies 300+
*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 soon, so stay tuned.
For live scores, match reports, news, audio and video coverage of the Windies v England series click here
© Cricket World