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West Indies vs Australia 1st T20I Betting Tips 10/07/2021

Teams Status

West Indies

Evin Lewis should open the batting for West Indies along with Lendl Simmons. Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, and Chris Gayle should form the team’s middle-order.

The all-rounder duo of Andre Russell and Jason Holder will continue at the No. 6 and No. 7 positions. 

The big positive to come from the previous T20I series was the consistency shown by opener Evin Lewis. Left-hander showed form with the bat and finished the T20I series as the leading run-scorer with 178 runs at a strike rate of 160.36.

Besides Lewis, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, and Kieron Pollard put in match-winning contributions for West Indies during the South Africa series. The team management will be hoping that the side can make better plans to counter the threat of Australian spinners.

Kevin Sinclair will be the second spinner in the team along with Fabian Allen. Jason Holder, Obed McCoy, and Dwayne Bravo will three premier pace options for West Indies for this opening clash.

Australia 

Matthew Wade is likely to open the batting with Aaron Finch for Australia for this opening game of the T20I series.

In absence of David Warner, Steve Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne, young players in Josh Phillipe, Mitchell Marsh and Ben McDermott should follow the opening duo. Alex Carey will be the first-choice keeper for this T20I series.

For this opening counter, Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar will be two premier spin options against West Indies. Jason Behrendroff, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood will be the side’s main pacers for this contest.

However, Hazlewood could be replaced by Mitchel Swepson if conditions are favorable for the spinners at Gros Islet.

What do the Sportsbook Say

Despite losing their last three T20I series, New-look Australia will be the favorites to win the opening game of the T20I series to be played at Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia. 22Bet has Australia priced at 1.67 and West Indies at 2.205, Betway has Australia priced at 1.70, and West Indies at 2.10. Dafabet has Australia priced for 1.73 and West Indies priced at 2.16.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip 1- West Indies to score 40 runs in the first four overs

In the previous series against South Africa, Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons got the side off to brisk starts. World Champions have a clear game plan in mind as they want to score as many runs as possible in the Powerplay overs. So we expect West Indies to score 40 runs in the first four overs in the 1st T20I against [email protected]

Tip 2- Australia’s excellent T20I record at Gros Islet

Despite their inconsistent form in the T20 format, the visitors will take heart from the fact that they have won all their four T20I matches played at Gros Islet, St Lucia. Australia have managed to both their games played against West Indies at this venue. So can expect Australia to continue their unbeaten run and beat West Indies in the 1st [email protected]

Conclusion

The home side has plenty of work to do in this T20I series especially their ability to find the gaps against the spinners. The form of Chris Gayle will be a huge concern as the veteran failed to deliver runs in the series against South Africa. With premier players missing the T20I series, the opportunities will be for fringe players to showcase their talent with bat and ball. Based on home conditions and experience in their playing XI, West Indies will be the favorites to win the first T20I of the series.

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