The second Test between West Indies and India gets underway at Sabina Park on Saturday afternoon and we can expect a results-orientated pitch in Jamaica. This famous Kingston ground hasn’t witnessed a draw in 15 Tests since 1998 and it may represent West Indies’ best chance of getting back in the four-match series as the pace bowlers will thrive…
- Ajinkya Rahane has scored at least one hundred in 5 of India’s last 7 Test series
- Ishant Sharma has taken 23 wickets in 4 Tests in the West Indies
- India have won their last 2 Test matches at Sabina Park
|30th July – 2nd August||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|West Indies v India 2nd Test|
| Ishant Sharma top India bowler (1st inns)
|@ 9 / 2||
|Ajinkya Rahane top India batsman (1st inns)||@ 6 / 1||
|Ishant Sharma named man of the match||@ 20 / 1||
The Sabina Park pitch goes against the grain somewhat as unlike most West Indies pitches nowadays there is something in it for the fast bowlers. If a youthful Windies side, which includes 19-year-old fast bowling Test debutant Alzarri Joseph, can extract something from the pitch then they should at least be competitive.
The hosts are as big as 8/1 for a series-levelling win (Boylesports) after losing the first Test in convincing fashion, although it is in-form India who are 4/9 favourites after stretching their unbeaten run in Test cricket to seven matches (won six, drawn one).
West Indies could do with a big contribution with the bat from one of their more experienced players and Marlon Samuels is 7/2 to be their top batsman (first innings), albeit he has a mixed record at his Jamaican home as he scored 175 runs when he played New Zealand here in 2012 but he then made a pair against the same opponents at Sabina Park two years later.
One man who consistently scores runs is India’s Ajinkya Rahane and he will be keen to make a big score after failing to build on a decent start in Antigua last time out. Virat Kohli stole the headlines in the first Test with his double-hundred but we fancy it is the turn of Rahane to shine and he is 6/1 to be top India batsman (Betfred).
Sharma’s Chance To Impress
As for the bowling, Ishant Sharma will get a rare chance to impress on a pitch that should suit the lanky fast bowler. As previously mentioned, Sabina Park suits the quicker men and the 9/2 for Sharma to be top India bowler looks like a massive price (Betfred).
Top India Bowler Odds:
Sharma took 6 for 110 when he last played at this Kingston ground and he tends to love playing in the Caribbean, where he has taken 23 wickets at an average of 19.21 in four Tests. Sharma bowled well in the first Test in Antigua without getting the luck he deserved but he should prosper here and he is a juicy 20/1 to be named man of the match (Betway).
Man Of The Match Odds:
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