The ICC Cricket World Cup is back! This time we’re heading to India.
This year’s world cup is a round robin format, all 10 teams will play each other with the top four making the finals.
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WORLD CUP FINAL
India vs Australia
Sunday November 19, 6:30pm, Narendra Modi Stadium
Well here we are, after 47 one day internationals and six weeks of play we are down to the final two!
India have not lost a game in their home World Cup and are well deserved $1.44 favourites over the Aussie’s $2.75.
Haven’t Australia really turned it around? After losing their first two games, fans were very worried this team has taken a backwards step but have really strung together some famous performances and that is why we are back in the WC Final for the first time since 2015.
It’s going to be an uphill battle for our Aussie’s but on our day we truly are the best team in world cricket.
I personally will be having a dabble on the Aussie’s I would not mind proffiting off a big upset win.
Runscorer wise I’m with Virat for India, he’s already had the greatest world cup of all time, and will continue his form against us unfortunatley. $3.50 for top runscorer looks to be the play.
For the Aussies it’s hard to look past Travis Head isn’t it? He took the game away from South Africa early in the Semi Final and if he comes out all guns blazing once again that could be just what we need to pinch a win!
Australia to win, Virat top Indian runscorer, Travis Head top Aussie Run Scorer
SEMI FINAL 2
South Africa vs Australia
Thursday November 16, 6:30pm, Eden Gardens
South Africa will take on Australia in a semi final once again.
Will we get a repeat of 1999? Personally I’d prefer 2007. Nonetheless this game should be a cracker!
I’ve said it the whole tournament, South Africa have been unstoppable and I had them picked as the only team that could beat India. They’ve opened as $2.10 outsiders in this game but am I going to back them against Australia?
Lead by Quintin De Kock, this South African team has had a hell of a tournament and if you were a neutral supporter (which I am not) I would say that a play on South Africa would be value given that they only lost two games this tournament (India and the Netherlands) and when they played Australia, we were all out for 177 chasing SA’s 311.
De Kock’s runs line is incredibly short for a a man that is the second highest run scorer in the WC with 591 @ 65.66. Over 32.5 @ $1.83 is a play that I like. De Kock to score a 50 is $2.50 if you’re feeling frisky.
For the Aussies I like a play on Mitch Marsh and Glenn Maxwell’s overs. 28.5 and 27.5 respectively. These two are ramping up their performances at the right time this tournament.
Maxwell is $3.75 for a 50 which I like but he’s tough to back with confidence given how far down the order he bats.
Australia to win De Kock over 32.5, Marsh Over 28.5, Maxwell over 27.5
SEMI FINAL 1
India vs New Zealand
Wednesday November 15, 6:30pm, Wankhede Stadium
After weeks of round robin, we’re finally down to the pointy end.
Blink and you’ll miss it, we only have three games left of this World Cup.
The undefeated host nation India will take on New Zealand for a spot in the World Cup final on Sunday Night.
India are of course the favourites tonight, they’re $1.29 to win compared to New Zealand’s $3.75.
The Kiwis can beat anyone on their day, they came agonisingly short of a win against India in the group stage and have some incredibly high scores in this tournament alone. Don’t count them out at all.
It’s hard to back anything that isn’t India in my eyes however, they’ve improved every single game this tournament and look genuinely unstoppable.
The value is in the runscorer markets, Virat Kohli only has two scores of under 50 this tournament and scored 95 against NZ in their group game, I like him to score a 50 @ $2.10.
Another player that is seeing beach balls at the moment is Rohit Sharma the fearless leader, he had 46 against NZ earlier and has 503 runs this tournament alone at 55.88.
Rohit is $2.25 to score a 50 but I like his overs at 36.5 especially in a multi.
India to win, Rohit Sharma over 36.5 Runs, Virat Kohli 50+
SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER
India vs Netherlands
Sunday November 12, 6:30pm, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
The final round robin game of the world cup is going to be a savage beat down.
India are undefeated, Virat Kohli is averaging over 100 runs this tournament.
Kohli to score a 50, 100 and top Indian runscorer are my picks for this game.
I love the Dutch but this one will not be fun for them.
Virat Kohli Top Indian Runscorer
SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER
Australia vs Bangladesh
Saturday November 11, 3:00pm, MCA International Stadium, Pune
Australia are coming off one of the most historic wins of all time but lets not forget that the top order completely failed.
Maxi bailed us out with the greatest innings of all time but he’s not going to do that every game.
Our bats need to be better especially this close to finals.
Australia’s final group game is against Bangladesh and I’m expecting our boys to put some serious runs on here after the embarrassment the top order faced against Afghanistan.
Steve Smith is my pick for top runscorer, he’s been quiet in recent games but should turn it on here.
England vs Pakistan
Saturday November 11, 6:30pm, Eden Gardens, Kolkata
With New Zealand getting the chocolates on Friday night, Pakistan need to win in a very big and almost unrealistic fashion if they want a spot in the top four.
I think they win here but not by the 300+ run amount that is required to keep their season alive.
At $1.91 Pakistan look great value, sure England got their second win of the tourney the other day but do we really think they finish with a third? I don’t.
Pakistan to win
FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER
South Africa vs Afghanistan
Friday November 10, 6:30pm, Narendra Modi Stadium
While it’s not mathematically impossible, I’d say that Afghanistan’s finals hopes are finished.
They are $3.75 to win tonight against a read hot South African side, after the wheels fell off against Glenn Maxwell – I’m convinced Afghanistan may never win a game ever again.
In all seriousness though, South Africa have easily been the second best team this tournament and will more than likely see this game as centre wicket practice before the finals.
De Kock has been massive this tournament scoring hundreds for fun. With a tournament average of 68.75 I’m with him once again for top runscorer.
South Africa to win, Quinton De Kock top SA Run Scorer
THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Thursday November 9, 6:30pm, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
There is one spot in the finals left and the Kiwis need to win here if they are a chance of securing it.
This is New Zealand and Sri Lankas final round robin games, at 2-6 I can’t imagine SL are looking forward to this one especially after their “timely” loss to Bangladesh the other day.
The Kiwis are on a four game losing streak and a win here should almost secure their top four spot, Pakistan and Afghanistan are both 4-4 but significantly further behind on net run rate.
The Kiwis have a lot more to play for and I see them coming out tonight all guns blazing, they are $1.29 to win and I see them doing just that.
New Zealand to win, Rachin Ravindra to Kiwi runscorer
WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER
England vs Netherlands
Wednesday November 8, 6:30pm, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Minnow cricketing nations England and the Netherlands will do battle in their second last world cup games of the tournament.
The Dutch have performed to the level most people expected them to but England have really missed the mark this year and it’s hard to get a read on the XI they will roll out. Will they rotate the squad or stick with the same broken side that has underperformed? It’s hard to say.
I’m having a crack on the Netherlands at $7 in this one, England are a basket case and I can’t believe they are $1.10 to win this game.
Netherlands to win
TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
Australia vs Afghanistan
Tuesday November 7, 6:30pm, Wankhede Stadium
Afghanistan sit just outside the top four with a record of 4-3 with four wins in their last five games. A win tonight would see them jump from 6th all the way up to 4th and into a chance of finals contention.
The only problem is, they take on the Aussie’s who have not dropped a game since they’re shocking start to the tournament.
Australia are $1.17 to get the W tonight and while we have seen some massive upsets this tournament, I don’t see the Afghanis getting through our boys.
Australia have two games left of the round robin section of the tournament, this one against Afghanistan and then Bangladesh I can’t see them dropping a game before the finals.
Obviously there is no value in backing Australia head to head, Dave Warner is my pick for top Australian runscorer. He’s got the 5th most runs this tournament, 428 at 61.14 and is $3.50 to get it done tonight.
I can see Davey carrying his bat here quite comfortably.
Australia to win, Dave Warner Top Australian Runscorer
MONDAY 6 NOVEMBER
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Monday November 6, 6:30pm, Arun Jaitley Stadium
Both of these sides have already been eliminated from finals contention and will be playing for both pride and improved stats when they go at it at Arun Jaitley Stadium tonight.
Sri Lanka are very short favourites at $1.48 and it’s hard to get excited about Bangladesh at all.
Bangladesh have been just as poor as England and I can’t see things improving here tonight.
Sri Lanka To Win
SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER
New Zealand vs Pakistan
Saturday November 4, 3:00pm, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
This is a massive game, the 4th and 5th place team will battle it out in a game that could determine who makes it through to the finals.
The Kiwis looked flat against South Africa last time they played but lets be real, who hasn’t looked flat against South Africa.
New Zealand look the value to me here at $1.80 Pakistan are 5th but have only won one of their last five games.
New Zealand H2H
England vs Australia
Saturday November 4, 6:30pm, Narendra Modi Stadium
Australia will take on minnow cricketing nation England and it’s often a really said watch when these powerhouses of world cricket have to take on these teams that are clearly just lucky to be here.
England still only have the one win this tournament and a loss to the Aussie’s would see them officially eliminated from finals contention.
To the surprise of no one, I’m with Australia. Even though we are without Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh we certainly have the depth to beat these miserable Poms.
We look value at $1.62 as well.
Australia to win
FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER
Netherlands vs Afghanistan
Friday November 3, 6:30pm, Ekana Sports City, Lucknow
We have finally started to see Afghanistan play to their potential in this tournament. It’s been a long time coming but I’d almost say that they no longer have minnow status like the team that they take on this Friday.
The Afghanis are $1.33 over the Netherlands and they’ve earned that low price by having a hell of a tournament.
The Dutch have also impressed so far don’t get me wrong but Afghanistan are rolling right now and will be tough to beat.
Hashmat Shahidi is my pick for top Afghani runscorer, he’s averaging 56.50 with the stick this tournament and is their highest runscorer with 226 so far this tournament.
Bas De Leede will forever be my Dutch tip with both bat and ball, he leads the Netherlands in WC wickets this tournament and has the potential to light it up every time he walks out to the crease.
Afghanistan to win, Hashmat Shaidi top Afghanistan runscorer, Bas De Leede top Netherlands wicket taker
THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER
India vs Sri Lanka
Thursday November 2, 6:30pm, Wankhede Stadium
Things are about to go from bad to worse for Sri Lanka, after an upset defeat from Afghanistan they now have to face the undefeated India who are continuing to build momentum as they head towards the finals.
India are $1.15 favourites but my value pick is King Kohli for top Indian runscorer, he missed out against England but only has two scores under 50 in this tournament.
Kohli bounces back in a big way here
India to win, Virat Kohli top Indian Runscorer
WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER
New Zealand vs South Africa
Wednesday November 1, 6:30pm, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
2nd plays 3rd tonight in a clash that should not disappoint!
Will the Blackcaps get revenge on South Africa for their All Black brothers? $2.20 says they will.
South Africa only has the one upset loss to the Netherlands so far this campaign, you take that one little blip off their record and they have been genuinely unstoppable. The team has the highest score of the tournament (and any tournament for that matter) and Quinton De Kock has not only the highest score but the most runs at the world cup.
I think South Africa are currently the only side that can beat the unstoppable force that is India and can’t look past them at $1.67.
De Kock is the favourite for top SA runscorer at $4, does he do it again? I’m with him.
Marco Jansen has been the pick of the South African bowlers too this tournament with 13 poles to his name. He’s who I like for top wicket taker as well.
South Africa to win, Quinton De Kock top SA Runscorer, Marco Jansen Top SA Wicket Taker
TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER
Pakistan vs Bangladesh
Tuesday October 31, 6:30pm, Eden Gardens
2-4 Pakistan have been disappointing so far this tournament but they have the opportunity to turn it around when they take on 1-5 Bangladesh tonight in Kolkata.
It’s hard to make a case for the Bangers tonight, despite results not going their way Pakistan have still put on some large scores this tournament and I think they’ll be a cut above Bangladesh.
Mohammad Rizwan has the 7th most runs this tournament and is averaging 66.60 with the stick, he’s my pick for top Pakistani runscorer tonight.
Pakistan to win, Mohammad Rizwan, Top Pakistan Runscorer
MONDAY 30 OCTOBER
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka
Monday October 30, 6:30pm, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Both sides boast a 2-3 record this tournament and will go at it in what you would imagine would be tournament ending for the loser here.
Afghanistan have two major wins to their name this tournament, Pakistan & England and I don’t mind them at $2.75.
Sri Lanka are on a two game win streak with wins against the Netherlands and England to their name but for me the under dogs look far too good at the moment.
I’m with Afghanistan tonight, they’ve already exceeded expectations in this tournament but I see them getting it done here.
Afghanistan to Win
SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER
India vs England
Sunday October 29, 6:30pm, Ekana Sports City, Lucknow
England must be pretty ready to come home after this dismal world cup.
They have just the one win from their five games so far, their finals hopes are over and now they have to take on the undefeated hosts, India.
Rohit Sharma has been incredible for India this tournament, I am taking him for top Indian runscorer as well as a win to India.
India to Win, Rohit Sharma Top Indian Runscorer
SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER
Netherlands vs Bangladesh
Saturday October 28, 6:30pm, Eden Gardens
The second game of the Saturday double header is in Kolkatta, both minnow sides will be up for this one!
The Netherlands were blown out of the water against the Aussie’s in their last game but I like them to beat Bangladesh here.
$3.00 is great value for a side that beat South Africa.
Netherlands to Win
Australia vs New Zealand
Saturday October 28, 3:00pm, HPCA Stadium
The Aussies seem to be hitting their straps at a great time in the tournament.
It was a slow start but you’d imagine that they will be rolling into this New Zealand matchup with a lot of confidence after the dismantling of the Netherlands on Wednesday night.
The Aussie’s are $1.62 favourites but New Zealand on their day can beat anyone in this competition. I’ve gone against the Aussie’s already this tournament and it didn’t got well for me so I’m sticking with the boys.
Dave Warner is hard to look past for top runscorer, he has back to back centuries in this tournament and could go large again up the top, Steve Smith is my pick however, he scored 71 in Australia’s 399 v The Dutch and could get going against NZ here.
Australia to win, Steve Smith Top Aus Runscorer
FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER
Pakistan vs South Africa
Friday October 27, 6:30pm, MA Chidambaram Stadium
Pakistan will take on the Saffas on Friday night, both sides have been impressive so far. SA look like the only team that could beat India at the moment, they’re 4-1 and opening bat Quentin De Kock has scored 3 centuries in this campaign alone.
South Africa at $1.53 could be the best price you get them at for the rest of the tournament (except probably against India) My money is with SA.
Aidan Markram is my bet for top SA runscorer, De Kock has been incredible but can he do it every game? I’m unsure.
South Africa to Win, Aiden Markram top SA Runscorer
THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER
England vs Sri Lanka
Thursday October 26, 6:30pm, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Things have gone from bad to worse for England so far this tournament, currently sitting at 9th on 1-3. Some very specific things need to happen in their final five games of the round robin tournament but I’m backing Sri Lanka to wrap up their tournament this match.
Morale is at an all time low in the English camp, even though they’ve had four moral victories. I think it could all be over for this campaign.
Sri Lanka also only have one win so far this tournament but should get it done over this minnow nation.
Sri Lanka to Win, Kusal Mendis to SL Run Scorer
WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER
Australia vs Netherlands
Wednesday October 25, 6:30pm, Arun Jaitley Stadium
We’re officially at the halfway mark of the tournament, tonight our Aussie’s will take on the Dutch.
Don’t let the market price fool you, The Netherlands have been a fairly strong team recently and were $10 to win when they beat South Africa.
I know I’ve just pumped their tyres up and frequent readers of this blog (and members of the cricket Open Group) know how much I love Bas De Leede but I will be with the Aussie’s tonight.
Warner and Marsh were incredible against Pakistan and I could see Davey repeating his efforts against the Minnows here tonight.
Warner & Marsh are the shortest in the runscoring market ($3.50 & $3.75) because if they don’t get out, no one else gets to play.
I’m with Warner tonight and Mitchell Starc to be a flat track bully.
Australia to Win, David Warner Top Runscorer, Mitch Starc Top Aus Wicket Taker
TUESDAY 24 OCTOBER
South Africa vs Bangladesh
Tuesday October 24, 6:30pm, Wankhede Stadium
Coming off an “upset” win against England, South Africa will take on the Bangers in Mumbai.
South Africa open as $1.25 to Bangladesh’s $4.00 and I cannot see Bangladesh getting it done here. The Saffa’s have found the run scoring very easy in India and toss depending, I think that will continue here.
Aiden Markram is averaging 51.25 this tournament and I like him for top SA runscorer at $5 too.
South Africa to Win, Aiden Markram Top SA Runscorer
SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER
India vs New Zealand
Saturday October 22, 6:30pm, HPCA Stadium
India are unstoppable so far this tournament, the dismantled Bangladesh on Thursday night and will be coming in red hot against the Kiwis here.
Don’t get me wrong, NZ has played well so far this tournament but our gracious hosts are on a different level.
India are very short favourites here and it’s hard to make a case for anything else.
Shubman Gill has also improved every innings since returning, he’s who I like for top runscorer.
India to Win, Shubman Gill top Indian Runscorer, Jasprit Bumrah top Indian Wicket Taker
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER
Netherlands vs Sri Lanka
Saturday October 21, 3:00pm, Ekana Sports City, Lucknow
The Netherlands are coming off a huge win over South Africa can they do it again here?
I reckon they can.
The Dutch are a cricketing nation that is certainly on the rise and while Sri Lanka are very short favourites at $1.25. I think the likes of Bas De Leede, Max O’Dowd and Co can get this done.
Netherlands to Win, Bas De Leede Top Wicket Taker & Runscorer, Kusal Mendis Top SL Runscorer
England vs South Africa
Saturday October 21, 6:30pm, Wankhede Stadium
It’s a double header on Saturday and two of the biggest cricket nations in the world wide battle it out in the later time slot here in Aus.
Both England and South Africa have suffered shock upsets this tournament but should be dialled in for this game.
South Africa are ever so slight underdogs at $2.10 but I like them to get the job done here.
Quintin De Kock has been massive this tournament as has South Africa’s middle order. They’ve scored a heap of runs already and I think that will be the difference maker her.
South Africa H2H, Quintin De Kock Top SA Run Scorer, Joe Root Top English Runscorer
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER
Australia vs Pakistan
Friday October 20, 6:30pm, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Are the Aussie’s gaining momentum? They will be truly tested on Friday night when they take on the 2-1 Pakistan.
The Aussie’s seemed to get back on track against Sri Lanka on Monday night but Pakistan are certainly on another level compared to SL.
It’s really un-Australian but I think Pakistan at $2.40 is the value here. Mohammad Rizwan has scored the most runs so far this tournament (248) and Hasan Ali has the second most wickets (7).
Given the Aussie’s shaky start to this tournament, I think they could be easily over powered here.
Pakistan to win, Steve Smith top Aus Runscorer, Mitchell Starc top Aus Wicket Taker. Mohammad Rizwan top Pakistan Run Scorer, Hasan Ali top Pakistan Wicket Taker
THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER
India vs Bangladesh
Thursday October 19, 6:30pm, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Our gracious hosts India will take on the Bangers on Thursday night.
India have opened as $1.10 favourites to Bangladesh’s $7. We’ve already seen some huge upsets will we see another here?
I don’t think so.
India have been so dominate this tournament and I don’t see them going down to Bangladesh here, they’re 3-0 for a reason and I’m with them to make that 4-0.
Rohit Sharma is 4th in the tournament for runs scored so far with 217 but I’m with Kohli for top runscorer here.
India to win, Jasprit Bumrah top Indian Wicket Taker, Virat Kohli top Indian Runscorer
WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER
New Zealand vs Afghanistan
Wednesday October 18, 6:30pm, MA Chidambaram Stadium
Afghanistan have really firmed in their matchup after a historic win against England but I’m not buying into the hype to be complexly honest with you.
New Zealand are 3-0 and I believe they will win this matchup comfortably, they’ve batted incredibly well as a unit so far this tournament and I think the Afghani’s win the other night said more about England than anything else.
New Zealand to Win, Kane Williamson Top NZ Runscorer, Lockie Ferguson Top NZ Wicket Taker
TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER
South Africa vs Netherlands
Tuesday October 17, 6:30pm, HPCA Stadium
Slowly turning into my tournament favourites, South Africa will take on the Netherlands who have always been one of my favourite sides to watch in tournament play.
The Saffas have opened as an unbackable $1.04 and the Dutch are $10.
Quinton De Kock has been huge this tournament so far and is $3 for top SA Runscorer but I can’t see him going back to back.
Aiden Markram is where my money is tonight. He scored 54 against the Aussies and I like him to be top scorer here.
For the Dutch I’m with my main man Bas De Leede for top runscorer & wicket taker.
Aiden Markram Top SA Runscorer, Bas De Leede Top Netherlands Runscorer & Wicket Taker
MONDAY 16 OCTOBER
Australia vs Sri Lanka
Monday October 16, 6:30pm, Ekana Sports City
It’s literally do or die for Australia’s World Cup hopes here against Sri Lanka.
We have been terrible to start this campaign and I’m just not sure about this Aussie outfit.
It just looks like we don’t really care about this tournament. Dropped catches, poor performances… It just doesn’t really feel like the Aussie Cricket Team at the moment.
They need to beat Sri Lanka on Monday night, simple as that and I’m backing them to do just that. We have too much talent to put three poor performances together and I really like the matchup here.
The Aussie’s are $1.29 and should get it done.
Australia to win, Steve Smith Top Aussie Runscorer, Adam Zampa Top Aussie Wicket Taker
SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER
England vs Afghanistan
Sunday October 15, 6:30pm, Arun Jaitley Stadium
About as one sided as it gets.
England are $1.10 against the $7 Afghanistan.
England are 1-1 to start their campaign and a favourable matchup once again should see them continue to build momentum.
Joe Root is my guy here, I’m with him for top runscorer and handsome Reece Topley looks like the form bowler for England. I like him for wickets.
England to Win, Joe Root Top English Run Scorer, Reece Topley Top English Wicket Taker
SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER
India vs Pakistan
Saturday October 14, 6:30pm, Narendra Modi Stadium
This one could quite possibly be the game of the tournament!
130k fans at Narendra Modi Stadium cheering on the fiercest rivalry sport I cannot wait for this game!
India are early favourites in this contest at $1.44 but I don’t think Pakistan at $2.75 is a fair representation as to how close this game will truly be.
It was a thriller when these two met at the MCG during the T20 WC and I expect this to go down to the wire as well.
It’s hard to look past Virat Kohli for Indian Run Scorer here. Big time players make big time plays in big time games and I’m backing Virat to go to that next level like he always does.
India to win, Virat Kohli Top Indian Runscorer, Jadeja Top Indian Wicket Taker
FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER
New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Friday October 13, 6:30pm, MA Chidambaram Stadium
The Kiwis boast an ODI record of 30-10 against Bangladesh and are heavy favourites over the Bangers this Friday night in Chennai.
After an upset win over England, the Kiwis are $1.29 favourites to Bangladesh’s $3.75 and it’s hard to disagree with the bookies here.
Devon Conway impressed for the Kiwis with his unbeaten knock of 152* and I like him for top runscorer once again.
Chennai has proven in the past to favour spin over pace so I’ll be backing Rachin Ravindra for top NZ Wicket Taker.
New Zealand to Win, Devon Conway Top NZ Run Scorer, Rachin Ravindra Top NZ Wicket Taker
THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER
Australia vs South Africa
Thursday October 12, 6:30pm, Ekana Sports City, Lucknow
It wasn’t quite the start our Aussie’s would’ve liked for their world cup campaign, things won’t get easier for our boys either as they now face a side that just scored a world record amount of runs in their first game.
The Aussie’s are $1.73 favourites to beat the Saffas and while their Game 1 scorecard makes for a dismal read back, there were patches of that game vs India where we looked unstoppable.
Our bowling attack is better than Sri Lankas, I can’t see the South Africans getting a hold of them in quite the same fashion.
Australia to win, Marnus Labuschagne Top Run Scorer, Mitchell Starc Top Wicket Taker
WEDNESDAY 11 OCTOBER
India vs Afghanistan
Wednesday October 11, 7:30pm, Arun Jaitley Stadium
India had a chance to flex their muscles first up with a six-wicket win over Australia, although it didn’t get off to a great start when their first three wickets fell for a combined contribution of no runs from ten deliveries.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul came to the rescue combining for a 165 run partnership to help India chase down their target of 200.
Kohli would have taken plenty of confidence from that innings and putting a big score on the Afghanistan team might almost be a fait accompli.
Virat Kohli to Score 50+ @ $2.00
TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER
England vs Bangladesh
Tuesday October 10, 4:00pm, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
It’s an early start this afternoon with England looking to atone for an awful performance in their opener against the Kiwis.
Bangladesh took care of business against Afghanistan, winning by six wickets with a pair of batsmen registering half centuries.
Joe Root was one of the few batsmen to offer up any sort of resistance in that one and I’ll back him to lead the charge for England once again and top score.
Joe Root England Top Runscorer @ $4.33
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Tuesday October 10, 7:00pm, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Act two of the Tuesday double header brings us a rematch of the Asia Cup Semi Final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka less than a month ago.
Sri Lanka won that one although their performance in the final left a lot to be desired.
The confidence of that Semi Final victory is going to come in handy this week though as they take on Pakistan once more.
They have not beaten Pakistan at a ODI World Cup but that looks like it might be about to change.
Sri Lanka to Win @ $2.75
Monday 9th October
New Zealand vs Netherlands
Monday October 9, 7:30pm, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
After comfortably dispatching the reigning champions in their first match, New Zealand will now turn their attention to the Netherlands and it’s no surprise to see them as short priced favourites.
The Dutch lost by 81 runs in their opening game with Pakistan after they were dismissed for 205 chasing down the target.
This one boils down to how much we’re expecting New Zealand to win by and whether or not they bat first.
With Kane Williamson set to miss the game, let’s take Devon Conway to continue his hot form with the bat to finish as the Black Caps’ top run scorer.
Devon Conway New Zealand Top Runscorer @ $3.00
Sunday 8th October
India vs Australia
Sunday October 8, 6:30pm, MA Chidambaram Stadium
Sunday night Australia time we are treated to what should hopefully be one of the games of the tournament.
Host nation India will take on our mighty Aussie’s and Rohit Sharma’s Indians have opened as $1.67 favourites.
Australia certainly haven’t looked their absolute best lately but still have all the star power and talent to get an upset win here.
That being said though, Shubman Gill has been unstoppable of late and averages 44.66 against the Aussies in 6 ODIs.
It is un Australian to back India and I can’t do it. I am taking the Aussie’s at $2.20 with plays on Gill over 36.5, Steve Smith over 34.5 and Mitchell Starc Over 2.5 Wickets
Tip: Australia H2H @ $2.20, Shubman Gill Over 36.5 Runs @ $1.83, Steve Smith Over 34.5 Runs @ $1.83, Mitchell Starc Over 2.5 Wickets @ $3.25
Saturday 7th October
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
Saturday October 7, 3:00pm, HPCA Stadium
Bangladesh and Afghanistan will kick off the Saturday double header and I’m tipping the first upset of the tournament here.
Afghanistan are short under dogs at $2.10 and that’s where my money is in this game. They beat Sri Lanka in their warm up game and the conditions at HPCA Stadium should suit white ball superstar, Rashid Khan.
Tip: Afghanistan H2H @ $2.10, Rashid Khan Over 2.5 Wickets @ $3.50
South Africa vs Sri Lanka
Saturday October 7, 6:30pm, Arun Jaitley Stadium
South Africa will take on Sri Lanka in a matchup that they should win comfortably. Rain has effected their preparations but they looked very good in the one day series against the Aussies.
Sri Lanka are not a team I’m willing to back at the moment, they are a squad that are far too inconsistent and I think that the South Africans should get this done.
Tip: South Africa H2H @ $1.50, Quentin De Kock Over 31.5 Runs @ $1.83
Friday 6th October
Pakistan vs Netherlands
Friday October 6, 6:30pm, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
The Netherlands seem to be a cricket nation that is on the up but they will be severly tested in their first WC game of the tournament when they take on the powerhouse nation that is Pakistan.
Pakistan are $1.04 favourites to the Netherlands $10 which is not fun for neither players or punters.
Pakistan narrowly went down to the Aussie’s in their final warm up game but still put 337 runs on the board. I will be backing superstar batsmen Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq to be in the runs in this game.
Tip: Babar Azam Over 43.5 Runs @ $1.83, Imam ul Haq over 38.5 Runs @ $1.83
Thursday 5th October
England vs New Zealand
Thursday October 5, 6:30pm, Narendra Modi Stadium
We’re getting started where we left off in 2019 with the English taking on the Kiwis. Will we see another win by the “barest of margins”? The bookies don’t think so and it’s hard to disagree with them.
It’s no secret that the poms have elevated their game recently under Baz McCollum and are $1.44 favourites to Bazball the Black Caps in this opening game.
The Kiwis put 300+ scores on in each of their last two warm up games but the English are head and shoulders above them in my eyes.
Tip: England to win ($1.44) , Joe Root over 36.5 runs ($1.90) & Mark Wood top English wicket taker ($4)
2019 WORLD CUP
Sunday 14th July – Final
New Zealand vs England
Sunday July 14, 7:30pm, London
These two sides have taken different paths to the final, but it’s fair to say both belong on the big stage after overcoming a rocky fortnight in the leadup.
England and New Zealand met a week ago at Chester-le Street, a match this year’s hosts won comfortably by 119 runs.
After Thursday’s eight-wicket onslaught over Australia in the Semi-Final, England has been installed as the favourite at Lord’s on Sunday night.
It’s been well over 12 months since New Zealand last beat England in One Day format, but if their bowling attack can bring the same kind of energy it brought against India following the rainout, there’s nothing stopping the Black Caps from causing an upset.
Of course, the same also goes for England. Jofra Archer was enormous against Australia in the early goings disposing of Aaron Finch for a duck, while he was also responsible for Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal not long after.
England will be looking for the same kind of production they saw from their top order against the Kiwis last week. Jason Roy put up a half century while Jonny Bairstow chipped in with a ton, compared to Kane Williamson’s lackluster 28 run effort.
The openers are crucial for either side, but there’s also plenty to be said Eoin Morgan. The English captain has recorded five 50’s and a century against New Zealand, making him the x-factor for the three Lions.
We originally tipped the hosts in this year’s Preview, and despite New Zealand’s stunning come from behind victory against India, England look destined for their first ever World Cup victory.
Tip: England to Win @ $1.33, Eoin Morgan Top England Run Scorer @ $7.00, Kane Williamson To Make 50: No @ $1.67, Jonny Bairstow To Make 50 @ $2.25, Jofra Archer Over 1.5 Wickets @ $1.73
Thursday 30th May
England vs South Africa
England Top Wicket Taker: Adil Rashid @ $4.00
Cricket comes home on Thursday as the World Cup opener gets underway from The Oval. The hosts are short price favourites to open their campaign with a win, which makes betting a little tricky head-to-head. England enjoyed plenty of success against Pakistan in their four warm-up matches, particularly right-arm spinner Adil Rashid. The 31-year-old took three wickets across the series and received a glimpse at the Kennington surface in limited overs. The Oval is well known for its hard pitch, but that hasn’t stopped Rashid before. He’s taken five wickets in five career matches at the ground, adding to his total of 170 ODI wickets in matches played with Moeen Ali. Since the 2015 World Cup, Rashid has taken 129 wickets, so with the hopes of a nation on his back, back the spin sensation to lead the way.
Friday 31st May
Pakistan vs West Indies
Pakistan To Win @ $1.91
The odds paint a fascinating picture here between two of the World Cup’s biggest question marks. Pakistan won only one of their World Cup warm-up matches entering this year’s tournament, while the West Indies only managed a pair of victories over Ireland in the Tri-Series before being swept by Bangladesh. Pakistan does have one added advantage though – recent experience playing in English conditions. Mickey Arthur’s squad played five warm-up matches against England in the lead up to Friday’s game, while they’ll also be helped out by the world’s No. 7 ranked ODI batsman Babar Azam.
Saturday 1st June
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Kane Williamson Top Runscorer @ $4.00
Expectations are high for New Zealand as the Black Caps hope to make up for their Final loss to Australia in 2015. Right next to England, this is one of the most complete sides in this year’s tournament, headlined by captain Kane Williamson, who currently holds an 82.61 strikerate in ODI cricket. The bowling attack also looks strong led by Trent Boult and Tim Southee, but really, Williamson should steal the show on Saturday. The 28-year-old tormented Sri Lanka back in January combining for 132 runs across three matches, so take the handy odds on offer in the Top Runscorer market.
Afghanistan vs Australia
Steve Smith Top Runscorer @ $7.00
You’d be smart to away from the Wicket Taker markets in this one. With only 50m between the wicket and the boundary, this miniature ground is a batsman’s paradise – one our very own Ricky Ponting scored a century on back in 2001. Given Afghanistan’s lack of experience against Australian batting, this ground should play into the hands of the Aussies. Steve Smith has looked outstanding so far in warm-up matches, averaging 131 runs thanks to a century against England in Southampton. In front of what should be a very vocal crowd, back Smith to lead the charge at the crease in his return to the side.
Sunday 2nd June
Bangladesh vs South Africa
Quinton de Kock To Score a 50 @ $2.10
South Africa return for their second match of the World Cup hoping to make up for Thursday’s 104 run loss to England. The Proteas struggled with the pace of the Kennington Oval surface, but there are still some positives to focus on following Quinton de Kock’s 68 run effort off 74 balls. The South African vice-captain hasn’t faced Bangladesh since 2017, but you can bet Steve Rhodes’ side are well aware he scored an unbeaten 168 in the first match, followed by 73 in the third. With this match remaining at The Oval, de Kock has shown the right kind of form for another big performance.
Monday 3rd June
England vs Pakistan
Tuesday 4th June
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka
Afghanistan To Win @ $2.00
Sri Lanka were handed an ugly 10-wicket loss in their opening match against New Zealand as they struggled to cope with the Black Caps’ pace. Afghanistan were no match for the Australians in their seven-wicket loss either, leaving plenty of value on offer between two sides struggling with the ball in hand. Sri Lanka have already shown signs of trouble with the English surface, while Afghanistan at the very least have experience having played several warm up matches in England. With Rashid Khan enjoying a fairly quiet opening game by his standards (1/52), back Afghanistan to pull off what should hardly be called an upset.
Wednesday 5th June
India vs South Africa
South Africa Top Runscorer: Quinton de Kock @ $3.75
The Proteas are off to a miserable start after losing their opening two matches to England and Bangladesh, leaving South Africa at long odds to bounce-back tonight against the world’s No .2 ranked ODI side. India enjoy a late start to their World Cup campaign, while their opponents will be playing their third match in six days. South Africa are reeling following Dale Steyn’s campaign ending injury, but there’s still some value to be had on Quinton de Kock, who is averaging 45 runs with the white ball. De Kock has scored four hundreds against India, good for a 96.40 average and most importantly, a worthwhile bet.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Bangladesh Top Runscorer: Shakib Al Hasan @ $5.00
New Zealand’s fast start to the World Cup came as no surprise, but Bangladesh’s certainly has. An upset win over South Africa sees Bangladesh in the top half of the standings, although Steve Rhodes’ side will need to be at their best on Wednesday night against one of the world’s top bowling attacks. The Kiwis bring a great mix of spin and pace, but Shakib Al Hasan should be up for the challenge. Playing in his 200th ODI, the 32-year-old has been brilliant since moving up the order. Hasan put up 75 runs on the Proteas last week, only a fortnight after scoring 61 against the West Indies in a warm-up match. Hasan is one of the most accomplished batsman in the Bangladesh side, so back him to rack up another high total.
Thursday 6th June
Australia vs West Indies
Chris Gayle Top West Indies Runscorer @ $4.00
Australia finds themselves in the driver’s seat with a chance to tie New Zealand atop the World Cup standings. The Aussies weren’t at their best against Afghanistan in their World Cup opener, leaving plenty of questions left to be answered against a dangerous West Indies side on Thursday. There’s no value on Australia head-to-head, and while the West Indies are an enticing upset chance, Chris Gayle could be the safest option. These two sides haven’t faced each other since 2016, but if Gayle’s 50-run outing against Pakistan is anything to go by, the Aussies might have a tough time with the Windies vice-captain. Australia has won only three of their last eight ODI matches at Trent Bridge, while the West Indies are 7-1.
Friday 7th June
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Friday June 7, 7:30pm, Bristol
Pakistan, who are still riding high following their 14-run win over England earlier in the week, open as the heavy favourites to improve to 2-1. Sri Lanka are hoping to do the same after earning their first win over Afghanistan, but they might have their hands full with Babar Azam this time around. The small confines of Bristol are a batsman’s paradise, a ground Azam is familiar with after his May warm-up match against England. Azam has scored 50 runs or more in three of his last four ODI’s, and with an 85.96 strike-rate, he’s likely to lead the way as Pakistan’s Top Runscorer.
Tip: Babar Azam Top Pakistan Runscorer @ $4.00
Saturday 8th June
England vs Bangladesh
Saturday June 8, 7:30pm, Cardiff
England head to Cardiff on Saturday hoping to make up for Monday’s shock loss against Pakistan. It’s hard to back against an England bounce-back despite Bangladesh’s opening win over South Africa. Joe Root has been terrific against the white ball over the last month scoring 107 against Pakistan after a strong 51 effort against South Africa at The Oval. Root put up an unbeaten 133 against Bangladesh back in 2017, so back another big performance from the 28-year-old.
Tip: Joe Root Top Runscorer/England Win the Match @ $3.40
Afghanistan vs New Zealand
Saturday June 8, 10:30pm, Taunton
New Zealand Won By 7 Wickets
The Kiwis sit atop the World Cup standings despite Wednesday night’s close call against Bangladesh. The Black Caps have played Afghanistan only once before in the 2015 World Cup winning comfortably by six wickets. They’ll take full confidence into Saturday’s match knowing Afghanistan managed only 152 runs against Sri Lanka earlier in the week, while Kane Williamson should have no trouble lighting up Afghanistan’s Hamid Hassan, who has looked completely out of sync. Speaking of bowling, Matt Henry could be poised for another big game after taking four wickets in the win over Bangladesh. The 27-year-old already owns seven wickets to start the tournament, so take the double on offer.
Tip: Kane Williamson Top Runscorer/Matt Henry Top Wicket Taker @ $17.00
Sunday 9th June
India vs Australia
Sunday June 9, 7:30pm, London
Steve Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile saved Australia’s skin against the West Indies on Thursday, but they’ll need to improve in a hurry if they hope to remain undefeated. India, the second-ranked ODI side in the world, head into Sunday night’s game feeling fresh having played only one World Cup match so far. India made short work of South Africa in their six-wicket win last week, and although Australia won three of their five ODI matches against Virat Kohli’s side back in March, it’s still tough to trust the Aussies at this price. Kohli scored a pair of centuries in that series, which could spell disaster against Australia’s unpredictable bowling attack. If the Aussie spinners can’t find some form, Kohli could be in for a big day.
Tip: Virat Kohli Top India Runscorer/India To Win @ $4.10
Monday 10th June
South Africa vs West Indies
Monday June 10, 7:30pm, Southampton
The Proteas remain winless to start their World Cup campaign, and things aren’t about to get any easier against a lively West Indies side. South Africa’s bowling wasn’t the same without Dale Steyn against India, while the Windies will be hoping for another big bowling performance of their own from Carlos Brathwaite, who took three wickets against Australia on Thursday night. The West Indies’ bats also did some damage against the Aussies. Shai Hope led the way with 68 runs, taking his ODI average to above 50. With a handful of dangerous bats in the lineup including Chris Gayle, take the West Indies at a generous price.
Tip: West Indies To Win @ $1.91
Tuesday 11th June
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Tuesday June 11, 7:30pm, Bristol
Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka find themselves with only one win apiece to start the tournament, making Tuesday’s game vitally important. Bangladesh put a scare into New Zealand last week losing by only two wickets, while Sri Lanka returns following last week’s rainout against Pakistan. Bangladesh has won only two of their last five matches against Sri Lanka, including last year’s win in the Asia Cup. This is also a big match for Shakib Al Hasan, who sits 23 runs shy from 6,000 career ODI runs. So far Bangladesh’s bowling attack has been a little one dimensional in the English conditions as the team have struggled to generate spin. Even so, Bangladesh has still shown strong signs in terms of pace, making Mustafizur Rahman a strong bet to lead the way in wickets.
Tip: Bangladesh To Win @ $1.67, Shakib Al Hasan Top Bangladesh Run Scorer @ $4.50, Mustafizur Rahman Top Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Wednesday 12th June
Australia vs Pakistan
Wednesday June 12, 7:30pm, Taunton
Pakistan have enjoyed an extra few days to prepare for this match following last week’s rainout against Sri Lanka. Australia, on the other hand, returns to the pitch following a gallant 36-run loss to India at The Oval on Saturday night. The Australians will take plenty of confidence into Wednesday knowing they swept Pakistan in their five-match ODI series back in March. Justin Langer will be searching for a little more from the on-pacers though after allowing Sharma, Dhawan and Kohli to score over 50 runs each. There were still plenty of positives to take away from the loss though, particularly David Warner and Steve Smith’s performances with the bat. We should also see a big total from captain Aaron Finch, who scored a pair of tons against Pakistan back in March.
Tip: Australia To Win @ $1.40, Aaron Finch Top Australian Run Scorer @ $4.33, Pat Cummins Top Australian Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Thursday 13th June
India vs New Zealand
Thursday June 13, 7:30pm, Nottingham
The two remaining unbeaten sides square off on Thursday as India returns from a three-day break as short-priced favourites. New Zealand will have a point to prove against the world’s second-best ODI squad, and if they bowl like they did during Saturday’s eight-wicket win over Afghanistan, the Black Caps are in with a chance. New Zealand managed only one win during their four-match series against India back in February, largely due to their struggles against India’s spin. Kane Williamson averaged only 32 runs across all five matches – bad news as he prepares to face Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who’s taken 16 career wickets against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma also enjoyed relative success with the bat against the Kiwis in January racking up 87 runs in the second match and 62 in the third. India already looks the side to beat this year, making it tough to back a New Zealand upset.
Tip: India To Win @ $1.44, Rohit Sharma Top Indian Runscorer @ $3.75, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Top Indian Wicket Taker @ $4.50
Friday 14th June
England vs West Indies
Friday June 14, 7:30pm, Southampton
The West Indies have managed only two matches so far thanks to last week’s rainout against South Africa. An opening win over Pakistan was a nice start to their World Cup campaign, while the Windies also weren’t disgraced against Australia losing by only 15 runs. England are 2-1 following last week’s thrashing of Bangladesh, but they’ll be eager to make up for a pair of ODI losses in their four-match series against the West Indies back in March. Fortunately, this time around England hold the home pitch advantage, which has already caused a few problems for top order batsmen Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo – both of which have combined for only 71 runs so far. England spinner Adil Rashid, meanwhile, has taken 20 career wickets against the West Indies, making the 31-year-old nice odds to lead the chase for Top Wicket Taker.
Tip: England To Win @ $1.29, Adil Rashid Top English Wicket Taker @ $4.00, Chris Gayle to Score 50: No @ $1.53
Saturday 15th June
Australia vs Sri Lanka
Saturday June 15, 7:30pm, London
Australia returns to London on Saturday hoping to make up for last week’s 36-run loss to India on the same pitch. David Warner’s 100 against Pakistan on Wednesday was a welcome sign, but the Aussies do need to be wary of a well-rested Sri Lankan side enjoying a 10-day break thanks to back-to-back rainouts. The Sri Lankans will fancy themselves if they can rely on some strong bowling from Suranga Lakmal, but unfortunately, the medium pacer has little experience against Australian bats. Warner, meanwhile, put up a ton on Sri Lanka back in 2016, while Aaron Finch continues to rise his strike rate. Both look good value for some runs in what should be a comfortable Australian win.
Tip: Australia To Win @ $1.13, David Warner Top Australian Runscorer @ $3.50, Aaron Finch Over 38.5 Total Points @ $1.83
Afghanistan vs South Africa
Saturday June 15, 10:30pm, Cardiff
South Africa Won By 9 Wickets
The Proteas are in a world of trouble with three losses and zero wins to their name, but they might have a chance to finally earn some points against the tournaments other winless team. Afghanistan has been the easy beats so far, most recently losing by seven wickets to New Zealand. These two sides have never faced one another in One Day cricket, and although South Africa have shown very little to get excited about, they should have no trouble winning this match if Faf du Plessis can lead the way. South Africa has enjoyed some extended time off following last week’s rain-shortened match against the West Indies, so this should be the ideal chance for the Proteas to enjoy some success.
Tip: South Africa To Win @ $1.13, Faf du Plessis Top South African Run Scorer @ $5.00
Sunday 16th June
India vs Pakistan
Sunday June 16, 7:30pm, Manchester
India and Pakistan have managed only two matches so far in their World Cup campaigns thanks to England’s weather. These two sides played a five-match ODI series last year with India winning 4-1, but with short odds on offer, you’ll have to look elsewhere for some value. Shikhar Dhawan was brilliant against Australia on Sunday night scoring 117 off 109 balls, but Virat Kohli is the player worth your money. The Indian captain has averaged 58 runs against Pakistan in seven career matches, good for a strike rate of 102.75. Meanwhile, for Pakistan, Mohammad Amir has been equally impressive for Pakistan taking seven wickets so far. The 27-year-old also holds strong numbers against India having taken 10 wickets in four matches.
Tip: Virat Kohli Top Indian Runscorer @ $3.25, Mohammad Amir Top Pakistani Wicket Taker @ $4.33
Monday 17th June
Bangladesh vs West Indies
Monday June 17, 7:30pm, Taunton
Bangladesh Won By 7 Wickets
The West Indies find themselves as the short-priced favourites on Monday night, although this match could turn out to be a little closer than expected. Both sides kicked off their World Cup campaigns with a win before losing to New Zealand and Australia respectively. Bangladesh has enjoyed a lengthy break after their match against Sri Lanka was rained out last week, while the Windies are fresh from an eight-wicket thrashing at the hands of England. Surprisingly enough, Bangladesh has won three of its last five matches, compared to the Windies, who have lost four. Bangladesh have a few concerns with the bowling, especially on a Taunton pitch that has so far suited pacers more than spinners. Even so, there’s plenty of power in the batting line up, particularly Soumya Sarkar, who has averaged 49 runs against the West Indies in six ODI matches. If Bangladesh can take care of the Windies’ top order, the upset could be on.
Tip: Bangladesh To Win @ $2.75, Soumya Sarkar Top Bangaldesh Runscorere @ $5.50
Tuesday 18th June
Afghanistan vs England
Tuesday June 18, 7:30pm, Manchester
Afghanistan are the only winless side remaining in this year’s tournament, and as the odds suggest, they don’t stand much of a chance against England. These two sides last played in the 2015 World Cup, a match England won comfortably by nine wickets. Joe Root was particularly impressive for England scoring a ton against the West Indies last week, but we could also see a big match from Jos Buttler, who currently holds a 136.02 strike rate in this year’s World Cup.
Tip: England To Win @ $1.04, Joe Root Top England Runscorer @ $3.75, Jos Buttler Top England Runscorer @ $8.00
Wednesday 19th June
New Zealand vs South Africa
Wednesday June 19, 7:30pm, Birmingham
New Zealand Won By 4 Wickets
We were robbed of last week’s top of the table clash between New Zealand and India, but that doesn’t mean the Kiwis can’t put on a show against the struggling Proteas. South Africa have won only one match so far during the World Cup as they resume following Saturday’s nine-wicket win over Afghanistan. The loss of Dale Steyn continues to hurt the bowling attack, but the Proteas might be a sneaky chance here if Quinton de Kock can keep up his strong form. The 26-year-old put up 68-runs against Afghanistan on 72 balls, but it’s his 59-run average in 10 matches against New Zealand that really stands out. For some added value, Kiwi medium-pacer Trent Boult has also been phenomenal against South Africa taking 19 wickets in nine matches, so back the pair to have a big game.
Tip: Trent Boult Top New Zealand Wicket Taker @ $3.50, Quinton de Kock Top South African Runscorer @ $3.75
Thursday 20th June
Australia vs Bangladesh
Thursday June 20, 7:30pm, Nottingham
The Aussies return from a five-day break to face a dangerous looking Bangladesh side fresh from a win over the West Indies on Tuesday. Australia has won their last three ODI matches against Bangladesh, although you have to rewind all the way back to 2011 to find their last completed match. Aaron Finch has been outstanding so far racking up 153 runs against Sri Lanka last week, and you’d be foolish to back against the captain on Thursday.
Finch has averaged just over 88 runs in 10 matches against Bangladesh and remains strong odds at Top Runscorer. From a bowling perspective, look no further than Mitchell Starc. Fresh from his four-wicket haul against Sri Lanka, Starc returns to face Bangladesh after taking four wickets against Bangladesh at The Oval in 2017’s abandoned match.
Tip: Australia To Win @ $1.17, Mitchell Starc Top Australian Wicket Taker @ $3.25, Aaron Finch Top Australian Runscorer @ $3.75, Aaron Finch Man of the Match @ $7.00
Friday 21st June
England vs Sri Lanka
Friday June 21, 7:30pm, Leeds
Wednesday’s 150-run victory over Afghanistan places England back in the driver’s seat ahead of another favourable matchup against Sri Lanka. Fresh from Eoin Morgan’s dazzling display it’s hard to fade England in this match, although the hosts will be hungry to make up for last year’s shock ODI loss during their tour of Sri Lanka. Good for a strike-rate of 99.65, Joe Root has enjoyed tremendous success against Sri Lanka, while it’s also hard to look past Chris Woakes and his 14 wicket haul.
If you’re looking for some value on Sri Lanka, Dimuth Karunaratne looks a good play to make 50. He’s well-rested after back-to-back rainouts with 256 career runs in four matches against England.
Tip: England To Win @ $1.08, Joe Root Top England Runscorer @ $3.75, Chris Woakes Top England Wicket Taker @ $5.00, Dimuth Karunaratne Top Sri Lankan Runscorer @ $3.75
Saturday 22nd June
India vs Afghanistan
Saturday June 22, 7:30pm, Southampton
Afghanistan was no match for England on Tuesday losing by 150 runs, and it’s tough to expect much else from the World Cup’s only remaining winless side on Saturday night. India are undefeated through three matches so far and now return to Southampton, the same ground that saw them win by six wickets against South Africa three weeks ago. These two sides played out a draw in the Asia Cup last year, but it’s hard to see Afghanistan putting up a fight in the English conditions. There’s every chance we don’t even see Virat Kohli take the crease if Afghanistan’s bowling struggles early, which makes Rohit Sharma your safest bet. The Indian opener scored 122 not out at Southampton to open the tournament, making him a nice bet for Man of the Match.
Tip: Rohit Sharma Man of the Match @ $5.50, Rohit Sharma Over 50.5 Total Runs @ $1.83
West Indies vs New Zealand
Saturday June 22, 10:30pm, Manchester
New Zealand Won By 5 Runs
The Kiwis rolled South Africa on Wednesday to remain undefeated, but they’ll need to be wary of a dangerous West Indies side looking to make up for their terrible performance against Bangladesh. New Zealand has won four of its last five matches against the Windies, but a lot has changed since they met back in 2017.
The Black Caps are yet to hit full stride, which should worry out of form batsman Chris Gayle. Fortunately, Shai Hope should be good enough to carry the load if the Windies are to stand a chance. The 25-year-old has averaged 72 runs in 10 matches against New Zealand, while this could also be the match that sees Trent Boult turn a corner. New Zealand’s medium paceman owns 18 wickets against the Windies in nine matches.
Tip: New Zealand To Win @ $1.57, Shai Hope To West Indies Runscorer @ $4.00, Trent Boult Top New Zealand Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Sunday 23rd June
Pakistan vs South Africa
Sunday June 23, 7:30pm, London
Big matchup between two sides still searching for their second win. Pakistan looks overs at this price following a handy five-day break, and if they can somehow reclaim some of the form that saw them win two of their five matches against the Proteas in January, the upset could be on. Babar Azam has averaged 48 runs against South Africa for a strike rate of 95, but it’s Mohammad Amir who’s worth your money on Sunday. Pakistan’s paceman owns 13 career ODI wickets against India in five matches played, and if he can take Quinton de Kock out of the equation early, his side should stand a strong chance.
Tip: Pakistan To Win @ $2.20, Mohammad Amir Top Pakistan Wicket Taker @ $3.50, Babar Azam/Mohammad Amir Top Runscorer/Wicket Taker Double @ $13.00
Monday 24th June
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
Monday June 24, 7:30pm, Southampton
Bangladesh Won By 62 Runs
Afghanistan returns to Southampton on Monday, the sight of their narrow 11 run loss to India just two days prior. Still winless through six matches, Afghanistan will take a little confidence into this match knowing Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Nabi both rattled one of the world’s top One Day sides for four combined wickets. There’s no denying Afghanistan look well over the odds at this price, but it’s hard to fade Bangladesh given their recent win over the West Indies and their competitive showing against Australia last week. Shakib Al Hasan has been money so far, and his numbers against Afghanistan certainly stack up. In seven matches, the veteran all-rounder has averaged over 100 runs for a strike rate of 101.40. With that in mind, it’s worth backing the Innings of Winnings double.
Tips: Shakib Al Hasan Top Bangladesh Runscorer/Bangladesh Win the Match @ $3.60, Mohammed Nabi Top Afghanistan Wicket Taker @ $4.50
Tuesday 25th June
England vs Australia
Tuesday June 25, 7:30pm, London
England’s shock loss to Sri Lanka on Friday night couldn’t have come at a better time for the well-rested Aussies. Justin Langer’s side survived a scare of their own against Bangladesh last week, but if the Aussies can overcome what will no doubt be a hostile crowd in London, they stand a good chance at upsetting this year’s hosts.
England has won the last five ODI matches between these two sides, but they’ll have their hands full against a classy Australian top order comprised of Aaron Finch and David Warner. Both are averaging over 80 runs with the white ball against the English, while Jason Roy and Joe Root have enjoyed equal success against the green and gold. Form-wise though, England are 4-1 on the back of a One Day loss this year, and if this series pans out anything like last year’s tour of Australia, the Aussies could be in trouble.
Moeen Ali was particularly strong last June racking up nine wickets across the four-game series. England’s deadly spinner has been a little quiet so far during the World Cup, but with plenty of turn expected in London, he’s worth backing at a very generous price. This match feels very 50/50 head-to-head, so it might be worth steering clear of backing an outright winner.
Tip: Moeen Ali Top England Wicket Taker @ $6.00, David Warner To Score 50 @ $2.10, Joe Root To Score 50 @ $2.10
Wednesday 26th June
New Zealand vs Pakistan
Wednesday June 26, 7:30pm, Birmingham
Pakistan Won By 6 Wickets
A 49 run win over South Africa on Sunday night should have Pakistan feeling confident as they head into Wednesday’s match against the unbeaten Black Caps. New Zealand nearly came undone against the West Indies last week, although captain Kane Williamson won’t lose any sleep knowing he’s typically saved his best cricket for ODI’s against Pakistan.
Williamson has scored a pair of centuries against the Green Shirts, adding to his whopping 488 run tally across eight career matches. World Cup leading wicket-taker Mohammad Amir also holds strong numbers against the Kiwis having taken 15 wickets in five matches.
It feels as though New Zealand might be due a loss before the finals, but it’s tough to see Pakistan causing a boilover. The Kiwis demolished South Africa to win by four wickets on the Birmingham pitch last week, largely thanks to Lockie Ferguson’s three-wicket haul. If you’re looking for some added value in the Player Performance market, Ferguson took seven wickets during Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand last year and another 12 in the United Arab Emirates.
Tip: New Zealand To Win @ $1.67, Kane Williamson Top New Zealand Runscorer @ $3.50, Lockie Ferguson Top New Zealand Wicket Taker @ $3.75, Mohammad Amir Top Pakistan Wicket Taker @ $3.50
Thursday 27th June
India vs West Indies
Thursday June 27, 7:30pm, Manchester
Unbeaten India returns to Manchester on Thursday, the sight of their 89 run win against Pakistan a fortnight ago. The West Indies are 1-4 through five matches, and as the odds suggest, they have their work cut out for them against the second-best ODI side in the world.
India has won three of the last four matches between these two sides largely thanks to the class of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The pair is averaging over 60-runs in nine matches played against the Windies, while Jasprit Bumrah’s 14 wicket total also stands out.
The West Indies will take some confidence into this match knowing they lost narrowly by five runs to New Zealand last weekend, though. Chris Gayle finally came through with a strong double-digit performance, while Carlos Brathwaite’s late ton made things interesting.
There’s also a case to be made for the Windies when you factor in Shai Hopes recent performances. The 25-year-old scored a ton against India late last year, backing it up with a strong 95 run performance in the very next game.
Given how unpredictable this tournament has been over the last week, the Windies only need to win the toss and hook in with the bat to cause an upset.
Tip: Back the West Indies to Win @ $3.75, Shai Hope Top West Indies Runscorer @ $4.00, Jasprit Bumrah Top India Wicket Taker @ $3.50
Friday 28th June
Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Friday June 28, 7:30pm, Chester-le Street
South Africa Won By 9 Wickets
These two sides might be fighting for nothing more than bragging rights at this point. South Africa returns following Sunday’s upset loss to Pakistan, while Sri Lanka is looking to put April’s horror show against the Proteas behind them.
The Lions lost 5-0 during their tour of South Africa and 3-0 in T20Is, but they look up and about following last weekend’s win over England. Sri Lanka’s off-spin trouble the English, and after taking three wickets last Saturday, Dhananjaya de Silva looks a strong bet to lead the way as Top Wicket Taker. The 27-year-old owns a pair of wickets against Quinton de Kock, and considering Sri Lanka are also unbeaten at the Riverside Ground, it’s worth backing the upset.
Tip: Sri Lanka To Win @ $2.75, Dhananjaya de Silva Top Sri Lankan Wicket Taker @ $4.50
Saturday 29th June
Pakistan vs Afghanistan
Saturday June 29, 7:30pm, Leeds
Pakistan Won By 3 Wickets
Winless Afghanistan will look to end the World Cup on a high note, but nothing will come easy against a Pakistan side looking to edge their way into the Semi-Finals.
Pakistan’s shock win over New Zealand on Wednesday night has the green shirts in with a chance if results go their way, and they have to feel confident knowing they’ve won their last three ODI’s against Afghanistan.
Mohammad Amir has taken 16 wickets so far during the World Cup, similar numbers to his career total against Afghanistan. Pakistan’s paceman owns 16 wickets in six matches against Afghanistan, so back him to earn another large haul.
Tip: Mohammad Amir Top Pakistan Wicket Taker @ $3.50, Fakhar Zaman Top Pakistan Runscorer @ $4.33
New Zealand vs Australia
Saturday June 29, 10:30pm, London
The Aussies have firmed into favouritism after securing a Semi-Finals berth against England earlier in the week. Australia will hold fond memories of their final win in the 2015 World Cup, but they’ll also be hungry to put their average tour of New Zealand in 2017 behind them.
Backing David Warner to make 50 runs continues to prove profitable, while Aaron Finch is also worth including as he’s averaged 67 runs in ten matches against the Kiwis.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson struggled earlier in the week against Pakistan, but he’s typically played his best cricket against the Aussies. The captain is averaging a touch over 120 runs against Australia in the eight matches he’s played.
Head-to-head, you can’t go past Australia at Lord’s following their thrilling win over England. Australia’s fast bowlers excelled, particularly Mitchell Starc, who took 4/43. Starc has taken 19 wickets with the white ball against New Zealand and if he can find the same kind of length that we saw on Tuesday, he should be a real chance at Top Wicket Taker honours.
Tip: Australia To Win @ $1.50, Mitchell Starc Top Australian Wicket Taker @ $3.25, David Warner To Score 50 @ $2.10, Aaron Finch To Score 50 @ $2.10
Sunday 30th June
England vs India
Sunday June 30, 7:30pm, Birmingham
It doesn’t get any easier for England on Sunday as they head to Birmingham to square off against undefeated India. Fortunately for the English, they won their ODI series 3-2 against India at home last year, making them a handy bet to upset the visitors.
Virat Kohli scored 70 runs twice during the series, but he failed to make a ton. Joe Root, meanwhile, is averaging over 60 runs against India alongside Ben Stokes, who has scored a total of 420 runs in 10 matches.
India won comfortably against the West Indies on Thursday night, but their previous performance against Afghanistan cast some doubt on their undefeated record. If it wasn’t for Mohammed Shami’s hat-trick, India probably would have lost the match.
England needs a win desperately if they hold any hope of making the Semi-Finals. They were embarrassed against Australia last week, but considering they bounced-back from their loss to Pakistan earlier in the month to thrash Bangladesh five days later, expect a big response from Trevor Bayliss’ side.
Tip: Back England to Win @ $2.00, Joe Root Over 38.5 Runs @ $1.83, Virat Kohli Over 41.5 Runs @ $1.83
Monday 1st July
Sri Lanka vs West Indies
Monday July 1, 7:30pm, Chester-le Street
There’s nothing to play for but bragging rights as both sides look to end the World Cup on a high note.
Sri Lanka lost by nine-wickets to South Africa last week, but their campaign could be labelled a slight success after defeating England in the match prior.
Having now lost their last five matches, the West Indies have largely been underwhelming this year. The bowling attack has struggled throughout the tournament, while the same can be said for Shai Hope, who has made 50 runs or more only twice.
Sri Lanka can win this match if Lasith Malinga continues to trouble opposing batsman with his yorker. Malinga has taken nine wickets from five matches this year, making the 35-year-old veteran a great bet to lead the way as Top Wicket Taker.
Winning the toss could be crucial in this match, as teams batting second have won four of the last five ODI’s at Chester-le Street. A new pitch has also been installed for this game, so if Sri Lanka’s bowling can do the talking early, they look a worthwhile upset chance.
Tip: Sri Lanka To Win @ $2.63, Lasith Malinga Top Sri Lanka Wicker Taker @ $3.50, West Indies Runs In Over 1: Over 3.5 @ $1.73
Tuesday 2nd July
Bangladesh vs India
Tuesday July 2, 7:30pm, Birmingham
Bangladesh has plenty to play for on Tuesday night as they still hold a slim chance of earning a Semi-Finals berth.
Wins over South Africa and Bangladesh have been the highlights so far for the Tigers, but they’ll have to be at their best if they wish to topple a hungry looking Indian side looking to rebound from Sunday’s loss to England.
While it’s tempting to back Bangladesh to cause a monumental upset, these two sides met twice last year in the Asian Cup, with the Tigers losing both matches by wide margins.
The safest play in this one is to avoid head-to-head betting and instead focus on player performance. With questions being asked, you can expect India to respond, and that starts with captain Virat Kohli, who has averaged just over 59 runs against Bangladesh.
A key factor in this match will be the pitch – the same one that was used on Sunday during India’s loss to England. Kohli’s side struggled as the pace slowed down, but if they can get in and bat first, they should be able to take full advantage.
Tip: Virat Kohli to Score 50 Runs @ $1.87, Rohit Sharma to Score 50 Runs @ $2.25, Mohammed Shami Top India Wicket Taker @ $4.50
Wednesday 3rd July
England vs New Zealand
Wednesday July 3, 7:30pm, Chester-le Street
A trip to the Semi’s is on the line for England on Wednesday night as they hope to accomplish what they failed to do in 2015: beat New Zealand.
It would take a catastrophic loss for the Kiwis to miss out on a spot in the Semi’s, and despite what recent history suggests, New Zealand are somehow the heavy underdogs. The Black Caps haven’t lost to England at a World Cup since 1983, and they should rest easy knowing Kane Williamson has averaged close to 130 runs against England in just eight matches.
Speaking of batsman, Eoin Morgan has struggled mightily since his ton against Afghanistan last month. Morgan has managed only 26 runs in three matches since, which spells trouble on the speedy Chester-le Street wicket.
Lockie Ferguson has quietened down in recent weeks, but it was nice to see Trent Boult come through with a four-wicket haul last week at Lord’s. We’ve been saying it all tournament, but if the Black Caps can get in and bat first, they should keep their stunning record against England intact.
Tip: New Zealand To Win @ $3.00, Eoin Morgan Under 34.5 Total Runs @ 41.83, Kane Williamson to Score 50 @ $2.10, Lockie Ferguson OVer 1.5 Wickets @ $1.73
Thursday 4th July
Afghanistan vs West Indies
Thursday July 4, 7:30pm, Leeds
West Indies Won By 23 Runs
Both Afghanistan and the West Indies are hoping to finish their disappointing World Cup campaigns on a high note as they both occupy the bottom two spots on the ladder.
The West Indies lost a narrow one on Monday to Sri Lanka, while Afghanistan returns well-rested following last week’s three-wicket loss to Pakistan.
Each side has lost its last five matches, and not to sound predictable, but batting first at Leeds is crucial. Neither side has proven capable of chasing down runs in the second innings, so whoever can take the crease first and pile on a decent total should go a long way towards winning.
Chris Gayle has struggled throughout the tournament and if yet to make a ton. The same also goes for Mohamed Nabi, who would benefit from batting earlier in the order.
With little to play for other than some bragging rights, it’s likely we see the cream rise to the top on Thursday night. Rashid Khan has also been quiet throughout Afghanistan’s campaign, while cricket nuts will remember Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s famous googly that caught Gayle flat-footed in last year’s qualifier.
The head-to-head price is too slim for the West Indies, and while an Afghanistan upset wouldn’t be surprising, stick with the Player Performance markets.
Tip: Rashid Khan Top Afghanistan Wicket Taker @ $3.50, Chris Gayle Under 45.5 Runs @ $1.87, Mujeeb Ur Rahman Over 1.5 Wickets @ $2.25
Friday 5th July
Pakistan vs Bangladesh
Friday July 5, 7:30pm, London
The chances of a Semi-Final for either side is slim., but you can expect Pakistan and Bangladesh to put on a show as they look to wrap things up on a high note.
Pakistan comes in red hot hiding a three-game winning streak with victories over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan. The market reflects their success, and with the team looking to boost their net run rate for a last-ditch shot at the Semi’s, the Run Scorer market is once again worth your money.
Asif Ali could be worth a flyer at $11.00 odds as he makes just his third appearance of the World Cup. The 27-year-old holds the best strike rate in the Pakistani side, while Babar Azam has also averaged 71.62 runs in nine matches against Bangladesh.
Finally, one of the most profitable betting plays of the entire tournament is in action. Shakib Al Hasan has been money notching a pair of centuries against England and the West Indies followed by a strong 66 run outing earlier in the week against India. The Tigers veteran is a safe bet for Top Run Scorer.
If you are looking for some value though, backing Bangladesh outright could be worthwhile. With the pressure on Pakistan to pull off the unthinkable, the Tigers could easily put this match out of reach if they get in to bat first.
Tip: Bangladesh To Win @ $2.50, Shakib Al Hasan Top Bangladesh Run Scorer @ $3.75, Babar Azam Over 39.5 Total Runs @ $1.83
Saturday 6th July
Sri Lanka vs India
Saturday July 6, 7:30pm, Leeds
India has already sealed their spot in the Semi-Finals, but you can bet captain Virat Kohli will be hoping his side can finish above Australia in the standings.
If the Aussies lose to South Africa and India successfully defeat Sri Lanka, they’ll finish on top of the World Cup ladder with seven wins and only one loss. Indian fans have to feel pretty confident going into this match knowing they’ve won four of their last five ODI matches against Sri Lanka.
Leeds has played host to some fairly high-scoring matches over the last fortnight, and it’s also a ground the Sri Lankan’s will hold fond memories of. The Lions defeated England on the same ground a fortnight ago, but it will take a mighty effort for Sri Lanka to roll over India on Saturday night.
Rohit Sharma has dominated Sri Lanka in the past scoring 695 runs in nine matches. The World Cup’s leading runscorer has been a safe bet all-tournament having earned centuries against South Africa, Pakistan, England and Bangladesh, while Mohammed Shami has also been a strong bet against Sri Lanka having taken 16 wickets for a 16.5 strike rate against in five matches.
Tip: Rohit Sharma Top India Runscorer @ $3.25, Mohammed Shami Top India Wicket Taker @ $4.33
Australia vs South Africa
Saturday July 6, 10:30pm, Manchester
South Africa Won By 10 Runs
The Aussies are the favourites to win the World Cup, but they still have plenty to play for on Saturday if they wish to finish on top of the table.
Australia was no match for New Zealand last weekend winning comfortably by 86-runs, and as the odds suggest, they should have no trouble tearing apart an understrength Proteas side looking for just their third win of the tournament.
While the Aussies are the clear favourites, they will have revenge in mind on Saturday night. South Africa won four of its five ODI matches during last year’s tour of Australia, a performance that should instil a little hope in the Proteas’ side.
Aside from the safest bet in the world – David Warner to score 50 – Jason Behrendorff could also be worth a look as Top Wicket Taker. The 29-year-old has never faced South Africa in an ODI, and looks poised for another big performance after taking a pair of wickets against New Zealand last week at Lord’s.
Tip: Australia To Win @ $1.40, David Warner to Score 50 @ $2.00, Jason Behrendorrf Top Australia Wicket Taker @ $5.00
Tuesday 9th July – Semi-Final
India vs New Zealand
Tuesday July 9, 7:30pm, Manchester
New Zealand Won By 18 Runs
New Zealand is scrambling for answers as they head into Tuesday’s do-or-die Semi-Final clash on a three-game losing skid.
Following their scare against Bangladesh last week, India bounced back strongly to defeat Sri Lanka by seven wickets over the weekend in a performance headlined by centuries from KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.
India is the firm favourites in the market after winning three of their four ODI matches during a tour of New Zealand earlier in the year.
The Black Caps could easily keep this match close, but if you rewind back to their narrow five-run win over the West Indies at Manchester last month, it’s hard to find confidence in New Zealand’s chances.
India, meanwhile, has been enormous at Old Trafford winning by an average margin of 107 runs. Captain Virat Kohli is due a big performance, but teammate Rohit Sharma is once again the man to watch with an 87 run average in nine matches against the Kiwis.
If you’re looking for some added value, Trent Boult might be worth a look at Top Wicket Taker. The 29-year-old has largely been disappointing so far, but he was outstanding against India back in January taking 12 wickets across all four ODI’s.
Tip: India To Win @ $1.33, Rohit Sharma To Score 50 @ $2.10, Trent Boult Top New Zealand Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Thursday 11th July – Semi-Final
England vs Australia
Thursday July 11, 7:30pm, Birmingham
After a mid-tournament slump that saw England lose to Si Lanka and Australia in back-to-back succession, the hosts now find themselves in the Semi-Finals after registering two straight victories over India and New Zealand.
England will square off against Australia again on Thursday night after Justin Langer’s side squandered a chance to finish on top of the ladder by beating South Africa.
The Aussies will still take full confidence into this match knowing Aaron Finch and David Warner both put forward a strong opening partnership against England last month though, but the lack of depth could hurt Australia if both get out early.
Since their struggles, England’s batting has found some form in recent weeks. Johnny Bairstow has recorded back-to-back centuries, while Jason Roy has recorded back-to-back half centuries.
So much of this match comes down to Australia’s fast bowling, which has been close to unstoppable. Mitchell Starc owns 26 wickets so far through the World Cup, but if England’s openers establish dominance early, Australia might be left looking for somebody to step up.
Winning the toss is crucial as both sides look to get in early and bat. If England can take the crease first, their opening partnership followed by Joe Root look tough to beat.
Tip: England To Win @ $1.67, Jonny Bairstow Top England Run Scorer @ $4.00, David Warner Not to Score 50 @ $1.67, Aaron Finch to Score 50 @ $2.20, Jason Roy to Score 50 @ $2.25