India and West Indies level going into 4th ODI

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Published: 16/10/2014

With the series nicely poised at 1-1 following the abandonment of the third one day international due to bad weather, the penultimate match in Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmasala takes on added significance. The winner of this match can not lose the series and is therefore guaranteed at least a draw with one match still to play.

Having not played their third ODI, both teams should be well rested and ready to contest what is a now a two match contest. India can consider themselves somewhat fortunate to be in the position they are, having struggled in the first two ODI`s but managing to come back towards the end of the second match, taking seven wickets for just 45 runs. The Indian squad has also be strengthened with the inclusion of both Akshar Patel, a left-arm spinner and Manish Pandey, a right handed batsman who is the first Indian to score a century in the Indian Premier League. However, many people feel that the Indian selectors are experimenting with the team a little too much but they are still considered as favourites for this match at 2/5 with bet365.

West Indies enjoyed a very good start to the series, winning the first ODI by a margin of 124 runs. They were also in a strong position in the second ODI, with the likes of Darren Bravo and Dwayne Smith building a good batting platform only for the team to collapse from 170 for 2 to 215 all out, something that will have to be eradicated if they want to compete at the world cup next year. The West Indies have not recorded back-to-back wins against a top eight international team away from the West Indies since 1997 and they showed the exact reasons why in that match. Having said that, the West Indies have looked good for the most part on this tour but they are still considered as second favourites for this match at 2/1 with SkyBet to go 2-1 up in the series.

Taking a look at the top batsman market and Virat Kohli found some form in the second ODI, scoring 62 from 78 balls and he is the favourite at 7/2 with betfred to be India`s leading run scorer in this match. Suresh Raina matched Kohil`s top score of 62 in the second ODI and is available at 5/1 with paddypower to be India`s top batsman in this one. Despite been taken for one in the last match, Shikhar Dhawan scored well in the first ODI and is 4/1 with paddypower to bounce back to the form he showed in that game and be India`s leading contributor with the bat this time around.

West Indies will be looking for a repeat performance from opening batsman Dwayne Smith, having scored 97 runs from as many balls in the second ODI and he is 4/1 with paddypower to be the leading run scorer for his team again in this one. Smith`s opening partner, Darren Bravo has struggled to score highly so far in the series despite giving himself a start in both matches and is also 4/1 with the same firm to contribute the most runs for his team in Dharmasala. Middle order batsman Kieron Pollard started the series with a low score after most of the damage had already been done by his team mates but contributed well in the second ODI scoring 40 runs from 50 balls. Pollard is 6/1 with SkyBet to be West Indies leading run scorer in this fourth ODI and the ever dangerous Darren Sammy is out at 20/1 with stanjames.

Over the last four years during the IPL, Dharmasala has been a venue that has favoured the bat and bet365 have odds of 11/10 for there to be a century in the match.

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