We are rattling through the One Day International series between Pakistan and Australia with the fourth instalment of five set for Friday afternoon. With an advertised start time of 11.00am GMT, a healthy audience will tune in to the live coverage beamed to us from the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Who will come out on top? Here are our top Pakistan v Australia 4th ODI betting tips.
The series so far has been a close one in terms of individual matches but Australia have won each of the previous three and have wrapped up the series at the earliest opportunity. The Aussies have a 3-0 lead, meaning punters have a question to answer at the start of the weekend – will the leaders continue their form and aim for a clean-sweep or, with the job done, will they take their eye off the ball and allow Pakistan to save face? It’ll be great fun finding out, that’s for sure.
You can have your say on the series correct score, or pick apart the 4th ODI and bet on a number of exciting betting markets, including match winner, top Australian batsman, top Australian bowler, which Pakistan player will take most wickets and who will score most runs. You can shoot for a profit when betting on the team to score most sixes, a century to be recorded, or even the outcome of the coin toss. Coral punters have an astonining 55 markets to choose from and you’ll be delighted to learn many are kept live throughout the course of the afternoon thanks to in-play betting.
Let’s take a look at how the first three matches have gone so far and what clues can be taken from the form as we sniff out the value in the 4th ODI. Our team of expert tipsters share their opinions on how punters should invest their cash to secure a profit, as well as the bookmakers offering the best odds available and the specials designed to ramp up your interest.
Australia always knew they were up against it in this tour, having to prove their worth to an army of disappointed fans, critics eager to stick the boot in, and even to themselves. Confidence was low in the camp but there was no questioning the ability in the team and, when all pulling in the same direction, they are a match for any opponent in the world.
They proved, following a couple of false dawns, that Australian cricket is finally back on track when beating Pakistan in the opening One Day International last Friday, scrapping their way to an eight wickets victory. The beaten side put in a fair fight that day, but we saw something followers haven’t noticed for a while and that was the Aussies taking their chances and being ruthless in doing so. The scoreboard read 281-2 (49.0) against Pakistan’s 280-5 (50.0). A fine start, and something solid to build their foundations on.
A New Dawn
The leading side, cocky from a 1-0 advantage, proved they were fully deserving of their cushion and went on to double it when taking the second ODI. Similar to the first, the victors were made to work for any good fortune that came their way by a strong opponent, but they got the job done and the win could be credited to team effort and that old Aussie fighting spirit that had been missing for too long. Oz went 2-0 up thanks to another eight wickets margin, this time the result a little more convincing, reading Australia 285-2 (47.5) against Pakistan’s 284-7 (50.0).
A commanding lead and, just like that, the series was over as Oz hammered the final nail into the coffin of Pakistan, taking the third ODI to tie things up at the earliest opportunity. They done it in style too and, with the stuffing well and truly knocked out of their opponents, Australia enjoyed their cricket and went on the rampage, winning by 80 runs on Wednesday of this week. As well as putting Pakistan in their place, that result also sent out a real message of intent to sports fans, and in good time for this summer’s World Cup in England. The 3rd ODI was settled at Australia 266-6 (50.0) vs Pakistan 186 all out (44.4). Quite the emphatic victory, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Traders are Convinced
One group who certainly agree and look convinced of the fact Australia are speeding back towards somewhere near their best is traders at leading online bookmakers Coral. They have four-in-a-row as a strong favourite and punters who fancy sticking with the form side and having their money on another Aussie win will have to take the 1/2 offered.
That’s tight, perhaps, but it’s fair and there’s still enough in that price to merit a place in your weekend accumulators. Big-hitters playing for large stakes may also notice the chance to make money. Those after a shot at bigger odds may be tempted to play Pakistan to get one back at 13/8. They have shown little so far to suggest they are capable of stopping the rot, but there’s always the danger of Australia taking their eye off the ball now the series is tied up and they have made their point with a bit to prove.
It’s not a bet for us, as we think the leaders will fancy their chances at scoring a whitewash that’ll help move the team on from a dreadful 2018 as we get into the thick of an important year. If you would prefer to avoid taking sides, there’s plenty in the specials designed to catch your eye.
Australia are 4/7 to score most sixes and that’s another that should work well in your accumulators. You’ll also get 5/6 on the game producing more than a total of nine sixes. It doesn’t matter who hits them with that bet, as long as the combined total is more than nine, you’re on to a winner. We suggest having an interest bet for small stakes on Ashton Turner scoring most runs for Australia at a cracking 8/1. All prices are quoted from the Coral website.