It wasn’t a shock at all that the West Indies smashed the Poms, they’re capable of humiliating teams on their day. Gayle led the way hitting a fantastic century but was backed up by his Carribean teammates with both bat and ball.
The West Indian players play more T20 cricket than anyone else in this competition which showed against England. They’ve got every aspect of the game covered, opening bowlers, two good spinners, two class death bowlers and then an explosive batting order. Even if West Indies aren’t at their best they’ve still got enough to beat Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka showed against Afghanistan why they’re outsiders to win back-to-back World Cups, and if Dilshan didn’t come to the party then they were in big trouble. If he doesn’t get runs against the West Indies it could be embarrassing.
I just can’t ignore the power the West Indies have in their batting order, and will be backing them at $1.61 to win today.
Chris Gayle was at his very best against England which will send shivers through every other bowler in the competition. I wouldn’t like to be a Sri Lankan bowler trying to work out where to bowl at Gayle in this form. His game has matured over the years, he now allows himself time to get in and then explodes. He’s impossible to look past top scoring for his nation again at $3.
Oddschecker’s Best Bet
If West Indies bat first then they’ll cruise to victory making the $2.6 on offer for them to win by 26+ runs decent value. Even if they bowl first with Gayle at the top of the order they’re a very good chance of winning by 7-10 wickets.