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Gayle ready to fire West Indies to first World Twenty20 win

| 24.03.2014

West Indies had plenty of support in their bid to defend their World Twenty20 crown before the tournament started but defeat to India has cranked up the pressure on Dwayne Bravo’s side ahead of their clash with Bangladesh.

The tournament hosts also come into this game on the back of a shock defeat to Hong Kong in the preliminary stages and they’ll be eager to placate the home fans as they bid to cause an upset of their own. 

Mushfiqur Rahim’s side are the 9/4 outsiders for victory under the lights in Mirpur, while the Windies are the 1/3 favourites with Ladbrokes to get their campaign back on track.

Much will depend on maverick batsman Chris Gayle if the West Indies are to pick up their first win of the tournament.

The Caribbean batters looked all at sea against India’s pack of spinners, especially against off-spin but with the Bangladesh side containing bowlers turning the ball the other way, this could play into Gayle’s hands.

The left-hander will enjoy the ball turning into his pads rather than away from the bat and he could bet set for a big score, featuring a few maximums along the way.

The Jamaican star is 5/1 with the bookie to be man of the match and 9/4 to score a 50. The most successful batsman in T20 history can also be found at 4/1 (+0) to score the most runs in the handicap market.

As we have seen in most night cricket in this tournament the toss is vital to a side’s chances of winning the game with heavy dew playing a massive part in conditions.

Bangladesh, with their array of spinners, will be desperate to bowl first and Ladbrokes go 10/11 on who wins the spin of the coin.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Oliver Yew