What a game we have ahead of us on Saturday afternoon as two giants of the international cricket world go toe-to-toe at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford. We’ve already enjoyed some memorable contests in this year’s World Cup but this one looks to have all the ingredients of a stunner and casual fans are hoping the weather stays dry and the play lives up to expectations. We’re confident we’ll get our wish on both fronts.
Earlier in the afternoon we enjoy Sri Lanka v India with the latter picked by the bookies to record another important win, continuing their devastating form into next week. Australia v South Africa will take some beating, however, as the holders look to stamp their authority all over what is shaping up to be a wide-open contest. Who will come out on top in this match shown live on Sky Sports from 1.30pm? That remains to be seen, but it’ll be great fun finding out.
Traders Side with Aussies
Bookmakers seem utterly convinced India will beat Sri Lanka in the game’s early start and they expect Australia to join them but the betting market for this contest is much closer, with the money men offering value. This is a game that will keep bettors guessing right up until the off but there are plenty of markets available that allow you a financial interest without having to pick sides. Play the match winner or predict which team will score the highest opening partnership. There’s also top run scorer, the man to take most wickets, number of sixes, a century to be scored and plenty more.
You can even wait until the match has started and you get a good look at the mood in both camps. In-play betting is offered by the majority of leading bookmakers, including William Hill. Many of the pre-match markets are kept live with the odds and handicap lines moved to trace the flow of play. That means if you pay close enough attention to the live action you may spot a bet worth having. From there it’s a simple case of logging onto your mobile app or accessing the website.
Cricket World Cup betting also gives players a chance to cash out. Make your bets and you’ll notice a value will be added to your bet slip. At first this number will match your stake but will then increase or decrease depending on how likely traders think it is of your punt paying off. If your bet is doing well, you’ll be offered an amount less than the total winnings, but much more than your original stake. The cash out feature has taken sports betting by storm.
Aussies Wipe the Slate Clean
Fans of Australian cricket couldn’t have imagined a worse year in the build up to this summers World Cup as the nation looked to defend their title. The infamous ball-tampering scandal haunted the Aussies at every level, from the players and coaching staff right through to the chiefs at Cricket Australia. Heads rolled in an attempt to get followers back on side. The quickest way to clean the slate clean was by winning important matches and the team are doing just that.
The holders were last seen smashing New Zealand last Saturday, easing to a stunning 86 runs victory. The score that day and performance showed the confidence that exists in the squad at the minute but there’s no doubt we’ll see plenty more from Oz in the remainder of their time in the tournament. They look a team thoroughly enjoying their cricket and that is showing in their performances. Another big push is needed here, but it would be a real shock to see them lose their form at this stage.
The scoreboard v NZ at Lord’s read 243-9 against a rather uninspiring 157 and that reflected the winning team’s dominance. The Black Caps got off to a nightmare start and it become obvious very early in the day that they would be made to pay the price for that. To have any chance of beating Australia teams need to hit the ground running. Oz didn’t need the result, having already secured their spot in the semi-finals, but they looked a team desperate to build momentum and continue their winning ways. They won’t be slowing down anytime soon, that’s for sure.
SA Worked for Their Win
South Africa also won last time out but had to work harder than their opponents to get the desired result. Matched with Sri Lanka on Friday, SA rolled up their sleeves and battled to an eye-catching nine wickets victory, the scores reading 203 all out against the 206-1 of the match winners. That put a serious dent in the chances of chances of Sri Lanka reaching the semis, but it also showed just what the victors had in reserve.
Faf du Plessis scored 96 not out and we’re confident he would’ve gone on to smash through the century mark, if it was needed. The man was on fire that day and, almost single handedly, drove his teammates across the finish line. He was backed up by an equally impressive stand from Hashim Amla who chipped in with an unbeaten 80. Another man who looked more than capable of breaking through the ton marker.
How will Saturday’s classic pan out? The money men have had their say and they are right behind Australia, which comes as no surprise. Oz are 1/2 top price with Ladbrokes and that’s a little more generous than we expected to find. The trading team at Bet365 are handing out 7/4 on South Africa upsetting the odds and although that’s not a bet for us, we certainly wouldn’t put anyone off an interest of that was their approach. The Aussies are tight, but we can work with their price.