England vs West Indies: 3rd Test, Day 5 – Who will win the Match? Best Betting Odds
The fifth and final day of the third Test between England and West Indies will begin today from 3:30 PM at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
Rain has once again tried to ruin England’s chances to win the Test. The rain gods weren’t kind to them in the second Test as well but the hosts came out on top thanks to their bowling attack. Going into the fifth day of the final Test match, England need eight wickets to win the match while the West Indies require 389 more runs. A win for the visitors is near impossible at this stage as they will look to draw the game and retain the Wisden Trophy.
West Indies are currently at 10/2 with Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite in the middle. Stuart Broad has picked both the wickets so far. He is only one wicket away from completing 500 scalps in his Test career.
Weather becomes important after it rained for whole day yesterday. Even today, it will be cloudy for most parts of the day in Manchester with around 30% chances of rain. England will be hoping for play to happen for at least a session and a half for them to try and bowl out the West Indies.
Expected Top Players on the final day
Brathwaite is known to spend his time in the middle when the odds are against him and his team. Expect a fighting knock from him in trying to save the match for the West Indies.
This man performing and picking more wickets almost looks certain at the moment. He already has 8 wickets to his name in the match and he will most probably take a 10-wicket haul in the game.
Archer can turn out to be an unlikely hero for England. A lot has happened off the field since the first Test and it will be fitting if he takes 4-5 wickets to help his team win the series.
Our Betting Tips
The match situation is heavily in favour of England. Not many are expecting West Indies to draw this match. But weather can prove to be a hindrance. However, some play will take place today and the hosts, the way they are bowling, might not need more than a couple of sessions to seal the game.
Our Prediction – England to win the match.
England vs West Indies, 1st Test – Hosts are expected to dominate the proceedings
LEEDS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: England batsman Ben Stokes drives a ball towards the boundary during day one of the 2nd Investec Test match between England and West Indies at Headingley on August 25, 2017 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
After an agonizing four months, Test cricket finds a way back into our lives in the sizzling English summer. Hosts England will be locking horns with the West Indies, whose players traveled to this part nearly a month ago to abide with the ongoing pandemic restrictions.
Not many can forget what happened when these two sides last met in West Indies, when the English were taken down 2-1 in a three-match series. However, the Caribbeans have not done well in England for quite a while now and there are no signs suggesting a change in fortune for the tour.
England will be without their Test skipper Joe Root, who will be accompanying his wife as the couple are expecting a baby. In his absence, the 2019 Garfield Sobers Trophy winner Ben Stokes takes charge of the side, which happens to be the first time he will be doing so.
It will be interesting to see what line up the West Indies come up with for this game. The side will be desperate for the likes of Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite to weather the new ball storm. Considering a fact that the weather will remain a bit cloudy and windy throughout the game, James Anderson and Stuart Broad will find great assistance and will prove to be a nightmare for the opposing team.
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (WK), Jason Holder (C), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel
STATS TO REMEMBER:
- Stuart Broad is 15 wickets short of 500 Test wickets, a feat previously achieved only by three fast bowlers – Courtney Walsh, Glenn McGrath and James Anderson.
- This will be the fourth Test to be played at the Rose Bowl. In the previous three, England won twice (both against India) and drew once (against Sri Lanka).
England at home are always a threat, irrelevant of who is up against them. West Indies do not have their full-strength squad in England right now and that could play into the hands of the hosts.
England are expected to win this game comfortably.
Our bet is on England to emerge victorious.