Normal service resumes on Sunday afternoon, following the thrilling double-header on Saturday. Followers of the ICC Cricket World Cup have just one match to look forward to on the final day of the week but it’s one that should spark your Sunday to life and it’s a tie that has kept experts guessing in the build-up. Here are our top Pakistan v South Africa betting tips.
Pakistan and South Africa meet at Lords in London, a fitting backdrop to what should be a fascinating contest and one that will hold the attentions of armchair fans from the start. There’s due to be a sizable crowd inside the capital city venue to see this match live, but those who can’t make it along to the arena can keep track of the play thanks to the coverage provided by Sky Sports. Watch the match and bet on your predictions, bookmakers offering a host of exciting markets.
Surprise Win over England
Pakistan travelled to England with high hopes of making a dent in the competition, but they suffered a bit of a false start when going down to the West Indies on matchday one, beaten on the final day of last month. That knocked confidence amongst the nation’s followers after seeing Windies get the rub of the green and come out on top, winning by seven wickets in a match that could’ve gone either way. The players had to remain professional, dust themselves off and come again.
They did just that, and in some style too when scoring an astonishing upset win over host nation England in their second outing. The locals went in with their tails up following an opening day win, but they were brought back down to earth with a bump when losing to Pakistan by 14 runs in front of a gobsmacked audience. That wasn’t in the script, but it was a win Pakistan fully deserved and one that helped get their World Cup back on track. The scoreboard that day read Pakistan 348-8 against the 334-9 of England. If the rest of the tournament lives up to the quality we saw in that match, we’ll be spoiled, that’s for sure.
A mixed bag of results was completed in game three when Pakistan saw their game against Sri Lanka abandoned due to the rain without a ball being bowled. That left a side who had their eye on winning the World Cup with form reading one win, one loss and a cancelation. Hardly the form of a team we’d expect to go all the way and there weren’t too many punters rushing out to back them in the outright market following that treble.
Woeful Run of Form
South Africa’s World Cup began on the final day of May and they suffered defeat at the earliest opportunity when losing to the locals by 104 runs. That match ended England 311-8 against South Africa 207 all out and, although it was as tough an opening fixture as they would’ve feared, the beaten side weren’t able to do too much to keep things competitive. They went down to a better side who wanted it more and the players were forced to take a good look at themselves early.
The pressure was now on them to get off the mark at the second time of asking but their poor run continued just a few days later when losing out to Bangladesh. Another tight match in terms of scores but it was another fixture the team left empty-handed and fans were left reeling after watching their men stumble to a 21-run loss in a match that looked there for the taking. Team morale was low, and it was becoming obvious things could get a lot worse.
SA suffered their third defeat in three games on 5 June when India were quick to stick the boot in with a six wickets win. Not the best match you are likely to see at this tournament, but India stuck to their game plan and got the desired result. South Africa’s chances were left in ruin and it took until 15 June for them to get going, recording a win over Afghanistan who have proven to be the whipping boys of this summer’s World Cup. The players did get the win that was expected of them, but the performance did little to paper over the cracks. It isn’t expected to get any better when paired with Pakistan either.
Pakistan Worthy Favourites
The form of both sides going into this match makes Pakistan worthy favourites and bookmakers are keen to oppose a poor South African side at every turn, it would appear. We have seen our fair share of high-profile upsets at this World Cup already and punters have learned it’s foolish to write anyone off, but we’ve got to go with the results and that makes Pakistan the most likely winner. This shouldn’t be an edge of your seat clash by anyone’s standards, but there is money to be made in the betting and it’s our job to help boost your profit margin.
All major online betting firms are in favour of Pakistan winning this match and Unibet are offering 8/13 on the fixture living up to expectations. That’s tight enough, but it’s better than the 4/7 you’ll get with most other firms. One for your accumulator bets, it would seem. Fancy the upset? It’s not something that does anything to attract our attention but lovers of an underdog at a nice price will get 13/10 on South Africa when betting with Unibet.