Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Match 30: South Africa vs Pakistan

Ed Hawkins

Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:18 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 22, 2019 8:18 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says the openers are the most reliable in the world for tops bets
<div><h2>South Africa v Pakistan</h2><p><strong>Sunday 10.30</strong></p><p>Following the crushing disappointment of not only defeat by India, but a cricketing lesson to boot, Pakistan could have been forgiven for feeling sorry for themselves and accepted that they are just nowhere near good enough to win the World Cup.</p><p>But Pakistan have never played the game that way. They believe they can win every game, just as much they believe they can turn in something truly atrocious. Players, coaches and fans alike have learnt to embrace their quixotic nature.</p><p>This is why they will not be getting over-excited about the chance of a semi-final berth. Hopes which were given a shot in the arm by the truly stunning victory by Sri Lanka over England at Headingley on Friday. The 20-run loss by the hosts was Pakistan-esque having been miniscule odds at the break after restricting Sri Lanka to 232.</p><p>If - and it’s a big – Pakistan were to win their remaining four games they would be bang in the hunt for a last-four spot. Pakistan managing that sort of sequence at the best of times appears laughable but the run of fixtures should not scare them.</p><p>For a start they face a South Africa team who have already been knocked out and are desperately low on confidence. Then it’s New Zealand, Afghanistan and, finally, Bangladesh. They would expect to win the last two. The Kiwis are a tough nut to crack.</p><p>They look decent value at 5/4 (2.25) to get number one notched against the Saffers. But there is value on the tops markets, too.</p><p>Our favourite wager, Imam-ul-Haq, for top Pakistan batsman is well overdue a win. He’s 7/2 (4.5) with Coral and Ladbrokes. Even, though, he’s let us down this World Cup he still rates much shorter on two-year form.</p><p>Likewise Quinton de Kock who has little to beat. He has a 40 per cent win rate over the same study period. Bet365, Betfred and William Hill go 3/1 about the opener.</p><p>Imam and De Kock are the two <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">most consistent winners in the top bat markets in the world</a>. We’re also keen on Lungi Ngidi for top South Africa bowler but are a little worried he is not 100 per cent fit.</p><p> </p><h2>Best Tips for the Match</h2><p><strong>Imam-ul-Haq top Pakistan bat 7/2 <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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a></strong></p><p><strong>Quinton de Kock top SA bat 3/1 <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Bet365</a>, <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Betfred</a> and <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Hill</a></strong></p></div>
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