Welcome to a new week and we have another seven days of top-quality cricket action ahead at the ICC Cricket World Cup being staged in the UK. We’re hoping for a dry run this week following that downpour that upset the schedule last week and, as games become more important, it’s now vital they are played to a conclusion. Here are our top West Indies v Bangladesh betting tips.
One match is scheduled for Monday afternoon and it promises to be an entertaining clash as West Indies and Bangladesh put it all on the line in an attempt to keep their dreams alive, while giving their small number of fans in the country something to cheer. The nations meet at the County Ground in Taunton from 10.30am GMT and followers can keep pace with the action thanks to the live coverage offered by Sky Sports.
Oddsmakers Give their Verdict
This promises to be an enjoyable round of cricket for those tuning in and bookmakers have had their say on how the match might go, marking up prices on a number of exciting markets. Have your say on the match winner, top batsman, top bowler, highest fist 15 overs, highest opening partnership and plenty more besides. Many of the better markets remain live throughout the course of the contest thanks to in-play betting, with odds updated to match the flow of the game.
Our team of cricket tipsters and sports betting experts have helped followers with a share of winners in this summer’s World Cup already and they now turn their guns on Monday’s fixture. This is a perfect way to get the week off to a profitable start. We look at how both teams have fared so far and give our opinions on how the match will pan-out. We tell you the bets worth having as well as the bookmakers offering best price.
Off to a Winning Start
West Indies have suffered a bit of a mixed bag of fortunes at the World Cup so far but have shown followers what they are capable of on occasion. They are a respected side at this level and one that certainly can’t be taken lightly, even by the competition favourites. Those who make the mistake of writing off the Windies will be made to pay a heavy price and we’ve already seen that happen this month. They are talented, ambitious and determined to make their mark in England.
Windies got off to a winning start when beating Pakistan on 31 May to give themselves a solid foundation on which to build their challenge. They won what was a competitive match by seven wickets, the scoreboard that day reading West Indies 108-3 against the 105 all out of their opponents. Not the free-scoring match neutrals would’ve hoped for, but the result was more important than the performance in the early exchanges.
Results Hampered by the Weather
The victors put in a sound round of bowling to see off their opponents at Trent Bridge that day and in doing so sent out a real message of intent to their rivals. The two-time champions were well quoted in the outright betting markets and breezed through the opener against a very good opponent. Oshane Thomas took 4-27, Jason Holder 3-42 and Andre Russell chipped in with 2-4 at a crucial stage of the match to help drive his side across the line. A real team effort and one that injected confidence into the ranks.
Since recording that win over Pakistan, the West Indies went on to lose to Australia by 15 wickets – no shame in that result – and felt the frustration of seeing their match against South Africa fall foul of the weather before they even had the chance to bat. SA recorded 29-2 (7.3) but it become obvious play was proving difficult and the players were pulled in. Unfortunately, they never re-emerged, and the game had to be cancelled. That caused widespread panic amongst organisers and it has since become known there isn’t a strong backup plan in place. England has been battered by rain and, at the time of writing, it’s not looking like it’ll stop anytime soon.
West Indies will be hoping for a dry spell on Monday and, if the game goes ahead, bookmakers have them priced up as favourites for the win. Traders at Bet365 are offering 4/9 and that’s market best price. Be careful who you trust if placing that bet as many bookies are as short as 2/5 on the same outcome. Don’t take less of a price on your bets.
Perfect Start for Bangladesh
Bangladesh were another team who got off to a winning start when beating South Africa by 21 runs on 2 June, the scoreboard reading 309-8 against 330-6. An entertaining contest involving two respected sides and it was one for the purists. SA may have been beaten but they came out of the game with plenty of positives, having to admit they were shaded by the better side on the day. That’s something that didn’t take them long to get over and they were quickly back firing on all cylinders again.
In what was a bit of an upset for the pre-match betting, Bangladesh went on the front foot early and it was obvious they had their opponents rattled from the first ball. The victors scored their highest ever one day total and that filled the team with confidence. They were in England to make a real statement and did just that with a record-breaking afternoon. Mushfiqur Rahim helped himself to 78 while Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with 75.
Following that win, Bangladesh suffered sketchy form, next losing to New Zealand by two wickets before dropping a 106-run result to England. They had a match abandoned with Sri Lanka on 11 June and traders have them written off here. The upset is priced at 15/8 with Ladbrokes and that’s biggest than it should be.