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West Indies vs Australia 5th T20I Betting Tips 17/07/2021

Teams Status

Australia

Having already lost the series, Australia managed to salvage some pride in the 4th T20I, albeit only just. The thrilling match had everything from big hitting, impressive bowling and last-over drama, following which the Aussies came out on top.

But truth be told, Australia still have a certain areas they need to improve. For instance, they were cruising at 126-1 at one stage but still only managed 189-6, thanks to their middle-order failing to capitalize once again and struggling against the bowling of Hayden Walsh Jr in particular.

Dan Christian did impress late in the innings but the middle-order unit has yet to do anything of note in the series.

Riley Meredith was expensive for Australia late in the game and nearly lost them the match. If he is taken out of the side, one of AJ Tye, Mitchell Swepson, Wes Agar could be an option as replacement. Meanwhile, Ben McDermott and Ashton Agar are reportedly carrying injuries and that could mean another chance for Josh Philippe in the middle-order.

West Indies

West Indies lost the fourth T20I but they were the favourites to win at various stages of the game, especially after the start provided by Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis, and then the late innings heroics of Fabian Allen.

It wouldn’t bother them too much as the series was already in the bag and they were resting some of the regulars, including Dwayne Bravo.

A cause of concern for the hosts must be the number of runs conceded by Oshane Thomas and Akeal Hosein, who were collectively bled for 71 runs in their five overs.

Another player who should be concerned is Andre Fletcher who has failed in a series his team and teammates have won at a canter. His World Cup place could be in doubt if he fails to improve soon.

One man who could return to the playing eleven is Bravo, who has had his rest. Kieron Pollard, Fidel Edwards, Obed McCoy and Shimron Hetymer, however, are nursing injuries and their status is ambiguous.

What do the Sportsbook Say

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West Indies are still the favourites. Dafabet has West Indies priced at 1.84 and Australia at 2.02. Bet365 has West Indies available for 1.80 and Australia for 2.0. Lastly, MelBet has West Indies priced at 1.89 and Australia at 1.90.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: West Indies to win @ 1.89

Despite sending out a weakened side, West Indies nearly won the fourth T20I. It almost felt like they had taken their foot off the pedal, having already amassed an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. In the final T20I, expect the hosts to try harder and field a stronger unit – one with Bravo in it. If that happens, West Indies at near pickem odds sounds like an amazing bet. The play can be found on MelBet.

Tip: Total runs over 331.5 @ 1.832

The series has long been decided, which means there is little pressure on either side. These dead rubbers are just platforms for players to show what they can do on an individual basis in what is a World Cup year. Expect both the teams to play fearless cricket, and when that happens, lots of sixes and fours are hit. The play here is to back the total runs spread of 331.5 runs to be covered. The play can be found on MelBet.

Conclusion

What West Indies could not do in the seemingly easier series against South Africa, they have done against Australia. They have shown the world that they will be genuine contenders for the T20 World Cup later this year. They can further enhance their claim if they grow their lead in this series from 3-1 to 4-1.

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