England and West Indies go head to head in the second One Day International at The Kia Oval on Tuesday.
England were convincing winners in the first match and could wrap up the series with a victory here.
The last match at the Rose Bowl was decided on the Duck-worth Lewis method but West Indies never really got close and managed just 172 all out in reply to England’s 288.
It was all about Ian Bell with the bat in this encounter, he scored a fantastic 126 from just 117 balls which silenced any doubters that he had about playing in this format of the game.
It was a classy knock from Bell who opened the batting and took the game to his opponents right from the off.
He was well supported by Jonathon Trott and Craig Kieswetter who scored 42 and 38 respectively. Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan then joined in with scores in the 20’s at the end of the innings.
With the ball, Bresnan took four wickets for just 34 runs so he certainly had a good match last time out. James Anderson and Graham Swann also took two wickets a piece.
As for West Indies, Chris Gayle missed the game through injury and they will be hoping to welcome him back on Tuesday. There is no doubt they missed Gayle’s fire power at the top of the order.
Darren Sammy’s men now have it all to do if they are to win this series and they must come out on top here.
Marlon Samuels was yet again one of West Indies’ best players with two wickets and 30 runs from as many balls. Also, Dwayne Smith made 56 with the bat and was the team’s leading scorer.
Sammy will know his side have to improve at The Oval if they are to take a positive result.
England go into the match as big favourites to take a 2-0 lead in the series. You can back them at 1.73 (8/11) with VC Bet.
West Indies know they will need a big performance to win this encounter. They are being offered at 2.20 (6/5) with SportingBet.
After his knock at The Rose Bowl, Ian Bell is one of the favourites to be his side’s top goal scorer with odds of 4.50 (7/2) with BoyleSports.
West Indies will be hopeful of a Chris Gayle return on Tuesday and he can be backed at 3.75 (11/4) with @ Bet365 to be his team’s leading scorer.
Marlon Samuels looks to be the West Indies best player at the moment and he will need a good performance if they are to draw level in the series. Samuels taking the man of the match award is being offered at 17.00 (16/1) with BlueSQ.