We’re close to the end of the 12th edition of the World Cup but as Week 5 came to its climax, only one team had secured automatic qualification to the semifinals.
In all probability, India will be joining Australia in the last four and that leaves a likely fight between New Zealand, Pakistan and England for the remaining two slots. All will be revealed in the next seven days so let’s get on and see what’s in store.
Week 6 begins on Thursday with a dead rubber between Afghanistan and West Indies at Headingley. Neither team has impressed so far but the Afghans are without a point after seven straight defeats.
The Windies have played some positive cricket at times so the logical bet is to take their price of -450 with [custom:bovada-link] as opposed to Afghanistan’s +340.
On Friday, it’s Pakistan and Bangladesh where, depending on what happens in the England vs New Zealand game on Wednesday, the Pakistanis may yet have a chance of claiming a semifinal slot.
It may well be worth waiting for the outcome of the earlier game before making a judgment. Pakistan will certainly be fired up if they have a chance of winning but even if their campaign is over, we would prefer to take Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men. Pakistan is the -205 favorite at [custom:bovada-link] with Bangladesh coming back at +170.
By the time India lines up to play Sri Lanka on Saturday, their progress to the knockout stage may well have been confirmed. A win over Bangladesh on Tuesday will seal that place in the semis and despite losing to England, many feel that Virat Kohli’s men are the team to beat.
Sri Lanka was genuinely impressive in that victory over West Indies and a century from young Avishka Fernando suggests their future may be bright after all. For now, however, we’ll be taking India for the win at -750 as opposed to Sri Lanka’s +500.
Australia will secure top spot in the table if they beat South Africa and few punters will want to back anything other than a win for Aaron Finch’s side. They appear to be the perfect ODI unit with power hitters, accumulators and a devastating bowling attack.
As a result, we’re backing the Aussies at -220 and ignoring the +180 price on the South Africans, who have been poor since the opening day when they lost heavily to England.
If everything falls into place, then we should have a semifinal quartet of Australia, India, New Zealand and England. If India and Australia are kept apart in the semis, then we are backing those two to meet in the final.
They’ve been the two best teams throughout and an India vs Australia final would probably be the climax that this 2019 Cricket World Cup really deserves.
As Week 4 of the 2019 Cricket World Cup drew to a close, we saw our first confirmed qualifier for the semifinal phase. Australia’s comfortable win over England sees them through to the top four but who will join Aaron Finch’s men in the knockouts?
We also wave goodbye to Afghanistan and South Africa, who will be heading home after the groups, but we still have a packed and entertaining fixture list in store for Week 5.
India and the West Indies kick things off as the 1983 finalists do battle at Old Trafford on Thursday. India will join Australia in the semifinals with a win in this game while the Windies have faded badly after a strong start to the competition.
India is the hot favorite to pick up the points at -335 with [custom:bovada-link] while the West Indies is at +270. The Windies can beat anyone on their day but India’s form has us backing the favorites.
South Africa is eliminated but at this stage most of us expected Sri Lanka to have joined them. Dimuth Karunaratne and his men produced the shock of the World Cup to beat England and they now have genuine hopes of a semifinal place.
In Friday’s match, [custom:bovada-link] has South Africa available at -205 while Sri Lanka is out to +170. Form suggests there could be an upset but the South Africans have great quality in their squad and it’s about time that they proved it.
Double Delight Saturday
Saturday brings us another doubleheader and the early game sees Afghanistan take on Pakistan at The Oval. Even though the Afghans pushed India so close at the weekend, they have underperformed at this tournament and we expect Pakistan to take full advantage.
Early price indicators from around the markets suggest Pakistan will start around -500 with Afghanistan at +400 and it’s hard to argue with those numbers.
The second Saturday game should also go with the favorites. New Zealand beat Australia in the group stages of the 2015 World Cup and the Kiwis can be a match for any team but we are backing the Aussies here. There are no odds available just yet but Australia has been dominant in all areas and that domination should continue.
Not only has England now lost three matches in this tournament, they have conceded top spot in the ODI rankings to India. On Sunday, these two meet at Edgbaston in what is looking like a must-win game for the hosts.
Early indicators suggest that this will be a tight market where some sportsbooks may even have the same win price for both teams. We say get behind India as England’s “flat track bully” approach is being found out on these difficult surfaces.
We’ve three more games to round up, starting on Monday with Sri Lanka vs West Indies and we’ll go against our trend by backing the outsiders this time. Sri Lanka will carry the longest price and if they have even a remote chance of a top-four place, then we expect them to convert against the disappointing West Indies.
Tuesday involves Bangladesh taking on India at Edgbaston. Both teams should enjoy strong local support in Birmingham but India’s form and momentum makes it the obvious pick.
Week 5 finishes with England vs New Zealand. If our tips are proved correct, England will need the win while the Kiwis will already be through. We’d like to check on form and the toss but, if pushed to name a winner now, England’s alarming slump has us siding with New Zealand.
We’re just reaching the halfway point at the 2019 Cricket World Cup and the table is really starting to take shape. England, India, Australia and New Zealand were the favorites for the title and, as Week 3 draws to a close, those four teams currently occupy the semifinal places.
Week 4 should go a long way toward cementing those top four slots so let’s see what’s in store.
Australia has just enjoyed a big win over Sri Lanka that briefly took them to the top of the table. On Thursday, Aaron Finch and his men will tackle Bangladesh at Trent Bridge and [custom:bovada-link] has the defending champions at -650 for the win. Bangladesh is out at +450 and we think the sportsbook has called this correctly.
Bangladesh won’t surrender meekly. They have the tournament’s leading run scorer in Shakib Al Hasan but they are struggling to match the stronger sides at this World Cup.
Friday’s clash at Headingley should produce another routine win for Eoin Morgan’s England when they host Sri Lanka. Morgan blasted 148 from just 71 balls as England produced the highest score of the tournament to ease past Afghanistan.
The World Cup’s host nation is hitting top form and that’s bad news for the weaker sides. Back England to win at -1200 as opposed to Sri Lanka’s +700 at [custom:bovada-link].
2011 world champion India is looking to go through this tournament with an unbeaten record and they should maintain a winning run against minnows Afghanistan. The Afghans have just suffered the biggest defeat of this tournament so far and India’s challenge is to match England’s result from Tuesday.
There’s really no contest here so, if you like to take small profits, back India at -10000 as opposed to +1500 on Afghanistan.
Kiwis Take Flight
With the result from the New Zealand vs South Africa game still to come through, we do not have any prices yet for the Kiwis’ match against the West Indies. This is the second of two matches due to be played on Saturday and New Zealand is likely to start as the favorite.
Once again, we’re not expecting a shock in this one. West Indies were abject last time out against England and we can’t see them raising their game when they tackle an impressive New Zealand unit.
We’re halfway through this roundup and that means we have another four games left between Sunday and Wednesday. It all starts with Pakistan against South Africa at Lord’s and this could be the tightest result market we’ve seen for some time.
Neither side is showing any consistent form but if South Africa can get a positive result against New Zealand on Wednesday, they should claim the points here.
Prior to the tournament, Afghanistan would have been hopeful of a positive result when they lined up to play Bangladesh at the Rose Bowl. The game takes place on Monday and while the Afghans may get pockets of support, Bangladesh has exceeded expectations and they look full value for the points.
Tuesday then gives us one of the games of the tournament. England vs Australia is the oldest fixture in international cricket and the two sides are getting ready to lock horns at Lord’s. England will probably start as the narrow favorite but the Aussies are also in top form and we suspect they are out to exact revenge for a poor ODI tour here 12 months ago.
That just leaves Wednesday’s clash with Pakistan and New Zealand to round off the week’s action. We suspect the Kiwis will be too strong but would suggest checking to see if Pakistan can find any form in its weekend clash with the South Africans before taking a bet.
The English weather has been the unwelcome focal point at the 2019 Cricket World Cup during Week 2. Two games have been completely washed out while the South Africa-West Indies contest was also unable to get to a finish.
The forecast remains mixed in the short term but we’re hoping for brighter days ahead because we have some huge games in Week 3.
Records on the Line
At this stage of the competition, only two sides have a 100 percent win record and they are due to meet at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Impressive India faces a New Zealand side that has won all of its three matches to date but Virat Kohli’s men will have to tackle the game without Shikhar Dhawan.
The left-hander has a hairline fracture of the thumb and may even miss the rest of the tournament. Can New Zealand exploit that weakness and return a profit at odds of +170 with Bovada?
The weather may have the final say in this one but, if the game does go the full 100 overs, India should have enough depth in its batting to convert at a price of -205.
England will have been delighted to return to winning ways with a crushing win over Bangladesh on Saturday. Eoin Morgan’s men posted the highest team total of the tournament and the same batsmen should see the hosts claim another two points when they play the West Indies on Friday.
The market has the Windies at a tempting +265 with Bovada while the same bookmaker has England at -335. The figures should perhaps be closer than that but England look to be the safest bet.
No More Wet Weekends
The weather forecast is set to improve at the weekend and the action begins with struggling Sri Lanka taking on Australia. The Sri Lankans have suffered two washouts but they may not be relishing the thought of getting back on the pitch to take on a rampant Aussie side.
We’re going to have to side with the favorites once again and take -900 on Australia as opposed to +490 for Sri Lanka.
Saturday doubles up and the second game of the day is a battle between the basement boys. South Africa and Afghanistan are both languishing at the bottom of the table without a win but is this really so tough to call?
South Africa surely can’t go through the tournament without a victory and has to be the bet at -800 as opposed to Afghanistan’s +525.
The Big One
Forget about the Ashes, for Asian cricket fans it’s all about India vs Pakistan and these two sides finally get to meet at Old Trafford on Sunday. With both sides still to play before that clash, we do not have a full set of markets but it’s likely that India will start as the favorite.
You never really know what to expect from Pakistan so we should never write off the 1992 champions. But if they are at their best, India should justify that favorites tag.
Monday begins a new calendar week and it starts with a clash between Bangladesh and West Indies. We will surely see one upset and it could happen here. The Windies should start as marginal favorites but Bangladesh is a talented and resilient side and could exploit its inconsistent opponent.
England vs Afghanistan on Tuesday shouldn’t provide too many surprises. The Afghans have given England a shock in limited overs cricket in the past but the hosts should be far too strong this time.
We then close out with South Africa against New Zealand at Edgbaston. We’ll take the Kiwis here but would like to check on immediate form to see if they need to respond to a big defeat against India.
We’ve had a thrilling start to the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup with high drama and a few upsets along the way. The table isn’t really starting to take shape just yet but the second week should start to separate the likely qualifiers from the also-rans.
Australia and the West Indies get things underway in a fixture that always carries an element of nostalgia. The teams met in the very first World Cup final back in 1975 and 44 years later, they could produce the most thrilling contest of the tournament so far.
The Aussies will start as favorites at -210 with [custom:bovada-link] while the Windies are out at +170. The outsiders have a chance here but Australia’s bowlers have a clear plan for Chris Gayle, who is such a vital player. Back Australia to start the week with a modest profit.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have one win apiece from their opening two matches but it’s the 1992 World Cup winners who have the edge here. As you might expect, Pakistan has been unpredictable but Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men were seriously impressive as they beat tournament favorite England on Monday.
Sri Lanka was poor against New Zealand and unconvincing against Afghanistan so we’re taking Pakistan at -265 as opposed to the Sri Lankans at +220 at [custom:bovada-link].
For the second week in succession, Saturday gives us a doubleheader. It starts with host England, who will be anxious to get more points on the board following that defeat to Pakistan. It won’t be easy, however: Opponent Bangladesh was full value at odds of +270 in their win over South Africa and they will provide another stiff test.
Markets are not yet open as Bangladesh was playing New Zealand on Wednesday but England will start as the favorite. It’s not a certain bet but expect their bowling and fielding unit to respond to a poor display and take the points.
New Zealand returns to action in the second Saturday match as they tackle Afghanistan at Taunton. This is a high-scoring ground and we expect the Kiwis’ power hitters to blow the Afghan bowling unit away.
There’s no midweek doubleheader this time so we just have four more fixtures shared across Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We begin with a real cracker on Sunday as Australia plays India at The Oval.
Few would be surprised if these sides make the final and the winners of this game may therefore take a psychological advantage. India could start as a narrow favorite but Australia looks formidable and with their best players restored, we’re backing the Aussies to take the points.
On Monday, we’re backing the outsiders again as the West Indies takes on South Africa. The South Africans started with two straight defeats and are depleted by injury so the impressive young Windies side should be looking to take advantage.
Tuesday should go with the favorite Bangladesh as they play Sri Lanka at Bristol. The Sri Lankans have been poor and need to concentrate on not finishing bottom of the table.
We close out on Wednesday with Australia likely to beat Pakistan by a comfortable margin. The Aussies are the team to watch right now and an easy two points should be in the bag by the end of this contest.
The 10 sides involved in the 2019 Cricket World Cup are starting to assemble in England and Wales ahead of the tournament. Shortly, we will see a series of warm-up matches take place that should help us see who is on form and who needs to improve when the action gets real.
Prior to these games, countries such as India, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand have been resting up but there have been some ODI series taking place that could provide indicators for the tournament moving forward.
Tournament host and favorite England has been busy with a five-game series against Pakistan. The first match was lost to the rain but once the clear skies returned, England was ruthless, closing out a 4-0 win.
In each game, the home side scored heavily, posting totals between 341 and 373, and while Pakistan ran them close at times, the tourists fell short on each occasion. England is therefore looking like a worthwhile favorite ahead of the tournament while Pakistan made three squad changes in a bid to be more competitive when the World Cup gets underway.
Arriving with a Bang
Bangladesh and the West Indies have also been active in a tri series that involved host Ireland. Bangladesh ultimately came away with the trophy in a set of games that should also offer some insight into the destiny of the World Cup.
Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup while the remaining sides are among the outsiders for glory but, in the case of the West Indies, many were tipping Jason Holder’s men to be a tangible threat. Admittedly, the Windies were without their IPL players, including Chris Gayle, but they will be looking for an improvement in the warm-up games that follow.
The Bangladeshis will, however, enjoy the lift that comes from winning that series. In the final, they were set a testing total under Duckworth Lewis of 210 from 24 overs but they passed that with seven balls to spare.
Ireland may not be making the short trip to England but they have inflicted a heavy defeat on participant Afghanistan. A loss to the Irish by 72 runs in their first One Dayer would be particularly concerning because the Afghans were close to full strength.
Also due in action this week is Sri Lanka, scheduled to play two ODIs against Scotland. Unfortunately, the first of these was washed out due to persistent rain and we await the outcome of the second and final match.
Second favorite India has been busy with the IPL and it’s not surprising that the BCCI were happy to give their players an extended break. There was a concern over the fitness of Kedar Jadhav but he has been cleared to play and India has therefore confirmed no changes to its original 15-man preliminary squad.
Elsewhere, the remaining squads will be confirmed in the few days leading up to the first game between England and South Africa on May 30. England has a number of selection questions following that ODI series with Pakistan and will be keen to find a place for the impressive Jofra Archer.
As for remaining sides Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, we shouldn’t expect too many changes to their preliminary squads. They haven’t been active on the pitch so players have not been able to lose form or fitness since those initial squads were announced.
For now, the warm-up games beckon but we are close to the real thing as the world’s best ODI nations assemble for the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup.
Four long years are finally coming to an end and the 2019 Cricket World Cup will soon be upon us. Defending champion Australia is among 10 sides that will assemble in the U.K. across seven weeks of competition for the right to be crowned the best team in the ODI format.
The competition itself begins on May 30 when host England takes on South Africa at the Oval. In a long group stage, the final round of matches in this section will go off on July 6. We then move straight into the two semifinals, which take place on July 9 and July 11 respectively, before the final itself at Lord’s on July 14.
The tournament crosses over into Wales with games hosted at the Sophia Gardens ground in Cardiff but the majority of the action takes place in England. Famous venues including Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford and Edgbaston are involved so let’s start looking forward to a feast of One Day cricket.
Who are the Favorites?
The bookmakers are focusing mainly on three countries. England is the host and also the highest-ranked team in ODI cricket as of February 2019.
That may come as a surprise in the unlikely event that you haven’t watched any 50 over cricket since the 2015 tournament. England played a dull, pedestrian game and failed to make it out of the groups four years ago but everything has changed. The 2019 England squad now plays with abandon and a long list of power-hitting batsmen is its big strength.
Critics will say that this side lacks a world-class bowler but England has broken the record for the ODI team total twice since 2015 so those batsmen may have enough to carry them through.
India are second favorites for the 2019 title and they have also been strong since the tournament four years ago. This side reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and has been winning series at home and abroad ever since.
They are ranked No. 2 in the world at the time of writing and their strengths lie in a top three that is arguably the best in the game. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli can lay big platforms while the team also has a high-class spin attack. It’s hard to identify a weakness but India does need to identify a permanent batsman at No. 4 and their seamers might lack depth in English conditions.
Defending champion Australia has had to battle for much of the last year without Steve Smith and David Warner and, as a result, their world ranking has dipped. With Smith and Warner back on the team, the batting unit should strengthen and add to a high-class seam attack that includes 2015’s Player of the Series Mitchell Starc.
That’s the theory but there is a question mark over whether Smith and Warner will fit in seamlessly and if they will hit top form after such a long break from the game. This is an Aussie side in transition but they have won more World Cups than anyone else and we should never write them off.
Live Long-shot Bets to win
Having beaten Bangladesh in a 3-0 series whitewash in February 2019, New Zealand rose to No. 3 in the ODI world rankings and there are a number of reasons to look out for the Kiwis in the 2019 World Cup.
Many of the current New Zealand squad made it to the final of the 2015 tournament. They have a balanced batting unit with power hitters such as Martin Guptill and patient accumulators including Kane Williamson. A classy seam attack should enjoy English conditions and the Kiwis have a good chance.
In reality, we can’t write off Pakistan either. This is the side that won the ICC Champions Trophy in England just two years ago and while they are inconsistent, they can beat any side on their day.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of cricket is played at the ICC Cricket World Cup?
The Cricket World Cup features the longer form of One Day games. A full set of laws is published by the ICC but the essential point to note is that One Day internationals consist of a maximum of 50 overs a side.
Within those 50 overs, each team must use a minimum of five bowlers and those bowlers are allowed to send down a maximum of 10 overs each. The simple object is to score the most runs in those 50 overs to win the game.
What are the most popular ways to bet on cricket?
Most players like to take a Satta on the straight match result. It’s the most simple form of betting and at the World Cup, there are no draws involved so it’s a case of working out which of the two teams will win.
Out of a long list of prop bets, most will enjoy betting in top batsman or bowler markets. These will pay out if you stake on the player who scores the most runs or takes the most wickets for the side in question.
Other popular bets include Team to hit Most Sixes, Highest Score after first 15 Overs, Batsman to score a fifty, Man of the Match and many more. We’ve mentioned the most popular here but there could be up to 100 markets available for the biggest games such as the World Cup final.
Who is the consensus best cricket player participating in the 2019 World Cup?
There are a number of contenders here but based on form and overall record, it would be hard to argue against Virat Kohli. As February drew to a close, India’s skipper was top of the Test and ODI rankings and boasted an incredible 39 centuries in this format.
He really is a world great and much of India’s title challenge depends on its captain.
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