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England eyeing winning finale

England eyeing winning finale


A series which has been peppered with big hitting and sixes draws to a close on Saturday with the fifth and final one-day international between West Indies and England.

Both sides have simply piled on the runs in the three completed ODIs to date, with the tourists holding a 2-1 series lead heading into the finale at Gros Islet.

England to win fifth ODI @ 20/49

The value in the outright market for the fifth ODI is clearly with the Windies, who are 33/20 to claim victory and secure a drawn series, having already gone a long way to showing that their Test success against England was far from a fluke.

However, England have a series victory in their grasp now and will surely not want to let that slip, especially given the recent experience of being humbled in the five-day format by a side wrongly written off by many before the tour had even started.

Top away team batsman, Eoin Morgan @ 17/4

Among the stunning array of firepower as the disposal of the Three Lions, skipper Eoin Morgan often goes under the radar, with even his place in the team being questioned by some observers.

However, his recent form in one-day internationals is nothing short of sensational, with left-hander Morgan having not been dismissed for less than 50 in any of his last nine innings.

In this series he has scores of 65, 70 and 103 to his name, while his ODI average since the start of last year stands at 47.33.

Should you want a greater return then Jos Buttler at 5/1 could be your man, as he could hardly be in better nick after smashing 150 from a mere 77 balls in the fourth ODI.

Most match sixes, England @ 20/23

Sixes have seemingly been all too easy to hit in this series, with both sets of batsmen tucking in, with a whopping 46 maximums struck in the fourth one-dayer alone.

As to which side to back in this market, the outcome could largely be decided by how quickly, or not, England can dispose of the ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle – who has smacked 30 sixes already in the series.

He has yet to be dismissed for less than 50, so maybe England are due some success against the veteran, who is without doubt one of the great ODI batsmen of all-time.

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