The West Indies lead India 2-1 going into the fourth T20 international of their five-match series, so the fixture at Lauderhill in Florida starting at 15:30 on Saturday 12 August should be a fascinating contest.
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder missed Tuesday’s third T20 with a minor injury, but he should be available for Saturday’s game with his replacement, Roston Chase, likely to drop out of the team.
India could recall opener Ishan Kishan, who starred in the ODI series, after their top two, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill, made just one and six in the third game. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who missed the second T20 with a sore thumb, returned on Tuesday to take 3-28.
West Indies to win @ 17/10
India needed a brilliant innings of 83 off 44 balls from Suryakumar Yadav, number one in the ICC’s T20 batting rankings, to seal a seven-wicket win over the West Indies on Tuesday and keep alive their chances of a series comeback.
The Windies competed well up until SKY’s demolition job as Rovman Powell cracked 40 not out off 18 balls to take them to 159-5, and they removed both India openers cheaply.
The series concludes with two matches in the USA, at Lauderhill, and the West Indies have a poor record against India at the Florida venue, losing their last four meetings in 2019 and 2022.
However, Powell’s men have impressed with bat and ball in this series, holding their nerve to win two tight contests in Tarouba and Providence, and at the prices, they merit a bet to go 3-1 up on Saturday.
Tilak Varma – India Top Run Scorer @ 9/2
India have a seemingly never-ending production line of young batting talents, many of them making their names in the Indian Premier League, and Tilak Varma has enjoyed a superb debut series at international level in the Caribbean.
The 20-year-old scored 343 runs in 11 IPL innings for Mumbai Indians this year, hitting 23 sixes and scoring at a strike rate of 164, and he should be backed to be India’s top runscorer in the fourth T20 against the West Indies.
He claimed that honour in the first two matches, scoring 39 and 51 in his first two international appearances, before playing a valuable supporting role to Suryakumar in Tuesday’s win.
Tilak finished unbeaten on 49 from 37 deliveries, showcasing the temperament as well as the shotmaking ability which thrilled Mumbai fans in this season’s IPL.
India’s openers have struggled in this series, making scores of six, three, 27, seven, one and six, so it makes sense to focus on their middle-order players in the Top Run Scorer betting, and Tilak is a tempting price to extend his terrific start at international level.