Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Match 22: India vs Pakistan

Ed Hawkins

Friday, June 14, 2019 7:30 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 14, 2019 7:30 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) previews a potentially thrilling contest in Manchester and finds two top-bat bets
<div><h2>India v Pakistan</h2><p><strong><a href="">Sunday 16th June, 14.30</a></strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong> at Old Trafford </strong></a></p><p>This isn’t a cricket match. It is a clash of cultures and faiths. Even the final – unless these two are in it which seems improbable – doesn’t have the seismic rating of an Indo-Pak contest. It will shake Asia.</p><p>And Old Trafford will be rocking and rolling in a wonderful show of cacophony and colour as the Indo-Pak diaspora come together and, for a few hours, raise hopes that the two nations can actually get along.</p><p>Not a great betting heat, though. India is 2/5 (1.4) across the board with Pakistan 2/1 (3.0) across the board. On current and historic form those odds make sense. Pakistan has never beaten India in a World Cup match. And they don’t look like ending that record given their efforts so far.</p><p>Sure, they stunned England but against West Indies, exposed as the fool’s gold of the tournament after disappointing efforts against the Aussies and the hosts, they were truly awful and versus Australia in Taunton they disappointed. Their bowlers ran in without purpose or accuracy in the first innings, only finding their line and length until a monstrous score was threatened.</p><p>It is true that they did well to bowl out the Aussies for just 307 but their early profligacy came back to haunt them when their batting unit just couldn’t get going. Two or three times they threatened a partnership which would be decisive only for it to elude them.</p><p>Not that it bothered us. We were on Imam-ul-Haq for top bat and he copped. He should be favourite. We’ve been saying it all summer. Amazingly, 7/2 (4.5) is still available with Betfair, Coral, and Ladbrokes. If one ever needed proof that the layers spend little time researching these markets it is these odds.</p><p>For top India bat, Rohit Sharma is a 7/4 (2.76) chance on two-year data. But he’s priced at 3/1 (4.0) with Bet365, Betfred and Ladbrokes. Why? Well, <a href="" target="_blank">Virat Kohli is the best batsman</a> in the world and the layers don’t want to give punters anything away on his price. He’s best at 9/4 with <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Coral</a>, <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank">William Hill</a>. He is, in reality, a 5/2 shot.</p><h2><strong>Best Tips for the Match</strong></h2><p>Imam-ul-Haq top Pakistan bat 7/2 <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Betfred</a></p><p>Rohit Sharma top India bat 3/1 <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Bet365</a>, </p></div>
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