West Indies v New Zealand
Sunday 22 August, 19:00
TV: Live on BT Sports
West Indies' batting frailties were exposed in game two as they were rolled for 161 in a chase of 212 off 41 overs. Yannic Cariah and Alzarri Joseph, with 52 and 49 respectively at Nos 8 and 10, gave the scorecard a more respectable look.
The bowlers had once more done a fine job, restricting the Kiwis. Kevin Sinclair took four wickets with his offspin and Akeal Hosein two. And a repeat of game one looked on the cards at the break. Alas New Zealand had a wicket in the first over and the hosts collapsed to 72 for eight.
With Kyle Mayers opening the bowling as well as the batting the balance of the XI is pretty good. But the top order is too flaky and there's nothing they can really do about that.
Possible XI: Hope, Mayers, Brooks, King, Carty, Pooran, Holder, Cariah, Akeal, Joseph, Sinclair
Whereas West Indies did the damage with spin, New Zealand relied on old faithful. Trent Boult and Tim Southee took seven wickets between them with their reliable combination of pace and seam.
With Jimmy Neesham and Glen Phillips back in the team they are better balanced, too. Finn Allen's 96 at the top of the order was perhaps a breakthrough innings.
Allen is a blaster. Yet he adjusted brilliantly to testing conditions to anchor the innings and was a deserving man of the match. Kame Williamson missed out on game two and may not return for this one.
Possible XI: Guptill, Allen, Conway, Conway, Mitchell, Phillips, Neesham, Bracewell, Santner, Southee, Boult
There's something for every type of bowler in Bridgetown. It appears to be a very testing surface indeed for batters with challenges coming at top speed, pace off and varieties of spin. It should open up an opportunity to play the innings runs market. If West Indies bat first we'd like to combine their unreliable batting and a dodgy surface with a lay. Fingers crossed for laying more than 260 at 2.1011/10. Bet the runs here.
How to play
West Indies bowler shave to be on top form to make a dent in these match odds. They've managed it twice before but three-in-a-row may be beyond them. Still, the option for a trade is clear to see. From 3.002/1 bowling first they could come in as short as even money with another strong show. Bet the match odds here.
Martin Guptill and Shai Hope have been boosted to 10/3 and 7/2 respectively for top bat scores. For the hosts, Akeal looks big at 55s considering 30 or 40 might be enough. For the Kiwis, Phillips is eye-catching at 8/1 after strong T20 form. Akeal is also value at 7/2 for top Windies bowler given that he's found grip and turn. Bet the Sportsbook markets here.