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India vs West Indies 1st T20 Betting Tips - Kohli set to star in opening T20

West Indies nightmare form tipped to continue
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Virat Kohli makes his return to T20 cricket after resting in the last series and is tipped to be India's best batsman (Getty Images)

The T20 series between India and the West Indies gets underway in Hyderabad. Virat Kohli’s return to the T20 side is a big positive while the form of Shreyas Iyer deserves attention in the betting markets.

India Form


India batted first in their last T20 against Bangladesh in Nagpur and scored 174 runs. KL Rahul contributed 52 runs while Shreyas Iyer top scored with 62 runs.

Bangladesh fell comfortably short on 144 runs as Deepak Chahar took an incredible 6-7.

Virat Kohli missed the Bangladesh tour, but with an astonishing T20 average of 64.25 he represents superb value at 3.50 to be the hosts’ best batsman.

I expect India to win comfortably and the 1.44 odds on offer can be added to accumulators.  

India News


The big news is that Virat Kohli is back for this series so he is a certain starter while Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan could be rested.

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India have been in great T20 form while the West Indies have lost 8 of their last 9 T20 matches (Getty Images)

West Indies Form


West Indies have lost eight of their last nine T20 matches and come to India on the back of a T20 series defeat to Afghanistan. In their last outing in Lucknow Afghanistan batted first and scored 156 runs.

Other than Shai Hope’s fighting 52 runs, West Indies could only muster 127, and lost by 29 runs. The Windies have some exciting batsman and can beat anyone on their day, it just isn’t their day very often which is why they are listed at 2.75 to win.

West Indies News


Kieron Pollard will be key to the West Indies given his experience of Indian conditions but it is the top order that need to score runs. Evin Lewis has shown glimpses of the spectacular while India are all to aware of the quality in Shimron Hetmyer.

India vs West Indies Head to Head


India have won the last six T20 internationals against the West Indies. Their last match was in August 2019 when the Windies batted first and scored 146 runs in Providence. India’s response was emphatics with Virat Kohli scoring 59 runs and Rishabh Pant 65 runs. India won by seven wickets.

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India vs West Indies Betting Odds


India are rightly favourites at 1.44 with the West Indies sitting at 2.75. Virat Kohli's return to T20 cricket sees him favourite in the best batsman market at 3.50.

If you feel there could be a score of 100+ runs that can be backed at 7.50 while a Super Over is priced at 13.50.

India vs West Indies Match Up


India have an exceptionally strong side and with Virat Kohli returning things are not about to get easier for the West Indies. The visitors will need their batsman to be far more consistent if they have any hope of overturning their hosts.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer on his way to 62 runs in his last T20 international (Getty Images)

India vs West Indies Stats


  • India’s Virat Kohli averages 64.75 runs per innings in T20 cricket.
  • India’s Shreyas Iyer has scored 24 and 62 runs in his last 2 matches (T20 internationals).
  • West Indies have lost 8 of their last 9 matches (T20 internationals).

India vs West Indies FAQ

Where is the India vs West Indies 1st T20 being played?

The India vs West Indies 1st T20 is being played in Hyderabad, India.

When is the India vs West Indies 1st T20 being played?

The India vs West Indies 1st T20 is being played on 6 December 2019 at 13:30 GMT.

What is the India vs West Indies 1st T20 weather forecast on Friday?

It is predicted to be a hot day at a maximum of 27 degrees and no rain.

Is Virat Kohli the leading T20 batsman in the world?

That honour belongs to Babar Azam. Virat Kohli is ranked 15th but that is due to him being rested for many T20 matches.

Verdict

Shreyas Iyer scored 62 runs in his last T20 and I'm tipping him to score over 22.5 runs at 1.83. Virat Kohli's return to T20 after a brief break sees him backed at 3.50 to be India's best batsman.

Best Bet: Iyer Over 22.5 Runs Shreyas Iyer Over/Under 22.5 Runs @1.83 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Virat Kohli India Best Batsman @3.50 at bet365 - 2 Units

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Shreyas Iyer failed to score over 22.5 runs but Virat Kohli ensured a profit on the match with a magnificent 94 runs.
06 Dec 2019

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