Here are our top Scotland v Sri Lanka 2nd ODI betting tips. Scotland and Sri Lanka go head-to-head in the second and final match of the One Day International series involving the nations. There was much fuss surrounding the 1st ODI that was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but the famous wet Scottish weather put paid to that with the match rained off without a ball being bowled. Followers of the home side are used to that by now, we’re sure.
We’re hoping for more luck in the 2nd ODI that has been penned in for Tuesday morning with an 11:00am GMT start time. The Grange in Edinburgh provides the backdrop and although they didn’t stand much chance of winning the series going in, a single midweek victory would give the Scots a monumental series win over a respected side in Sri Lanka. Opportunities like that don’t come around too often and that won’t be wasted on the paying public.
1st ODI a Wipe-Out
It comes as no surprise that if Scotland were to beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday afternoon, they’d do it against all expectations with bookmakers and experts setting up in support of the visitors. You can spark a slow midweek to life with a bet on this match and although there’s not an awful lot of value in predicting the winner, unless you’re intent on having your cash down on Scotland, there are many markets offered that will gift us an interest on the day.
Have your say on the match winner or play one of the many specials, including top Scotland batsman, top home team bowler, the visiting player to take most wickets and top Sri Lankan batsman. Keep your stakes low and shoot for a bigger price. That will help keep things interesting. Such is the coverage offered by bookies, you can even wager on the outcome of the coin toss, with the odds set at 10/11 heads – tails 10/11. Not one to get carried away on, for obvious reasons, but it does give players a snap interest and the right pick could see you boost your balance before a ball has been bowled in anger.
Prefer to get a feeling for how the day is going? Those keeping their cards close to their chest will be encouraged to see many of the pre-match betting markets will remain live throughout the course of the day thanks to in-play betting. Follow the action and have your say at any point, with prices and handicap lines altered to keep pace with the match. In play betting at an online bookmaker such as Bet365 means a financial interest is as exciting heading towards the final ball as it was before the off.
Scotland Eager to Close the Gap
Saturday’s abandoned match was a disappointment for all concerned, not least fans who had taken themselves along to the venue to watch the Scots test themselves against one of the better sides in the game. The hosts won’t play a part in the upcoming World Cup in England, which is a shame, but they were hoping to put in a performance that proved they are improving and closing the gap between themselves and the big boys. The Edinburgh based squad were robbed of that opportunity and we’re sure they will be desperate to make up for lost time here.
The wash-out meant we haven’t seen Scotland in competitive action since 10 May when they were narrowly beaten by Afghanistan and they haven’t won a match since beating Oman by seven wickets way back in February of this year. The final score that day read Scotland 115-3 (15.3) against the 111 all out (19.3) of Oman. A win, but not the stirring performance that had anyone outside of Scotland paying too much attention.
Scratchy Form Puts Us Off
Scotland lost to Afghanistan earlier this month by two runs in a One Day International. They performed much better that day, despite the bare result, and can take confidence from the way they played. The scoreboard was settled at Scotland 325-7 (50.0) against Afghanistan 269-3 (44.5). A side Scotland probably should be beating if they are looking to prove their worth, but it wasn’t a total disaster and the coaching staff have something solid to build on. Will we see them do that on Tuesday at The Grange? It’s doubtful in our eyes.
Bookmakers don’t think so either and have priced the home win as second favourite with traders at Bet365 offering a market best price of 5/2. That shouldn’t be too popular, given the locals’ scratchy form, but if you do bet on Scotland, we suggest doing so at Bet365 as there are plenty of firms out there offering 2/1 on the same outcome. Taking less of a price about an outsider won’t do your balance much good over the course of a season.
A more sensible option when betting on this match would be to support the visitors who have been chalked up on the betting board as hot favourites. It’s no major shock to see the money men scramble to support Sri Lanka for the midweek win and punters in agreement will find the tourists available at 1/3 with Ladbrokes. That’s tight, but it’s better than the 3/10 you’ll get with most of the competition.
A price that will work best in accumulators, but it’s a bet worth having as Sri Lanka should get the job done without encountering too much fuss along the way. The biggest danger to your bets on Tuesday will be the rain. Hopefully it stays dry and we’re treated to an afternoon of decent cricket, the latest weather check suggests that will be the case. This match will give SL the chance to bounce back from defeat to South Africa in March and the opportunity to blow off the cobwebs following a few weeks of inactivity. Their opponents can also work to keep the scores respectable and avoid another morale crushing defeat.