It’s game two of this year’s Cricket World Cup. With punters having the benefit of the opening match between England and South Africa behind them, we now move into the thick of what promises to be a thrilling weekend of international action. Here are our top West Indies v Pakistan betting tips.
This sport’s purists will love what’s in store over the next few weeks. England aim to prevail and become World Champions on their own patch; however, there is much cricket to be played before a king is crowned and we’re guaranteed a few shock results and upsets along the way. As well as diehards, there will also be increased interest in the World Cup from casual followers due to the live TV coverage offered by Sky Sports and the increased column space in the national press.
Punters Can Have an Antepost Bet
There’s also plenty for punters to get stuck into. You can have your say and bet game-by-game or look further ahead of get your money down on the antepost markets offered. Outright winner of the 2019 World Cup; to reach the final; name the finalists; top competition batsman and bowler are just some of the options open to you. These markets will give players an interest for the majority of the tournament.
One match is scheduled for Friday and we see West Indies and Pakistan go head-to-head at Trent Bridge in Nottingham from 10.30am. Both nations will be desperate to get off to a winning start and both will rate their chances of winning what looks a real 50/50 contest on paper. Make your bets on the winner, or play one of the exciting specials, and cheer your prediction on by following every ball live on Sky Sports.
Windies Preparation Hit by the Rain
West Indies saw their preparations hampered by the weather during the warm-up phase and that’s something competitors will have to get used to as rain is always a risk when playing sport in the British summertime. We expect to see more delays when the tournament gets started but we’re confident organisers and officials will do what they can to ensure all games are played to a conclusion. The weather is something backers must keep in mind when placing down their stakes and backing teams with experience of dealing with delays and playing on wet surfaces will be key.
Windies had a match with South Africa pulled on Sunday with SA managing 95-0 (12.4) before it become obvious no further play could take place. As it was a warm-up, neither side were in a mad rush to push for the game to resume but West Indies will be upset they didn’t get the chance to bat and blow off the cobwebs following a bit of a break. That abandoned game meant they hadn’t won a match since beating Ireland by five wickets in an ODI clash on 11 May.
Since then they have lost twice to Bangladesh in the One Day International format, firstly beaten by five wickets before ending on the wrong side of another five wickets result. The latter took place on 17 May with the scores reading Bangladesh 213-5 (22.5) against the 152-1 (24.0) of West Indies. A poor performance from the beaten team and improvement is needed if they are to stand any chance of going deep into this competition.
Pakistan Suffer a Similar Fate
Pakistan suffered a similar fate to their opponents when seeing their warm-up match with Bangladesh abandoned due to the weather. That was frustrating for both teams involved but it also upset punters who wanted to have a look at how Pakistan were shaping up by seeing them in action against a team that recently defeated West Indies. It wasn’t to be, and the warm-up match was called without a ball being bowled. Both teams will dust themselves down and move on from there.
That call off meant Pakistan hadn’t won a game since beating Leicestershire by 58 runs in a domestic Twenty20 match played on the opening day of May. Since then they were hammered by England in the ODI International series before suffering the embarrassment of defeat to Afghanistan on 24 May. The upset was complete thanks to a margin of three runs, the scoreboard reading Afghanistan 263-7 (49.4) against Pakistan’s 262 all out (47.5).
That run of form makes it difficult to support a Pakistan win over West Indies on Friday, but bookmakers have taken up position on the fence and their match prices show they don’t quite know what to make of this match. The early betting has Pakistan as favourites with William Hill offering 8/11. West Indies look a touch of value and make plenty of appeal with Bet365 offering a market best price of 11/10. That’s a bet that looks best suited to weekend multiples.
Windies Require a Fast Start
We believe Windies have been overpriced and are more than capable of putting on a show and challenging an opponent short on confidence. If they are to do us a favour and spring an early surprise, they will need Chris Gayle to be on the top of his game. Ladbrokes are offering 3/1 on him being his nation’s top batsman and that looks worth a play at interest stakes, if you’re happy to take a bit more of a risk for a higher return.
They will also require a fast start if they are to prove themselves in this contest and get Pakistan’s attention. Playing the highest first 10 overs market gives backers a crack at even money when betting with Bet365 and that rates as a handy alternative. The same market has West Indies as 10/11 favourites and that’s the best price available.