Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Match 33: New Zealand vs Pakistan

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:40 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019 11:40 AM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says the New Zealand number four is consistently underrated and should go well against Pakistan
<div><h2><strong>New Zealand vs Pakistan</strong></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="New Zealand vs Pakistan Odds Board"><strong>10:30 AM - Wednesday 26<sup>th</sup>, June 2019</strong></a></p><p>Pakistan kept their unlikely semi-final prospects alive with a convincing win over South Africa last time out but they face their toughest test of their run-in on Wednesday against a New Zealand team which continues to go under the radar.</p><p>The Kiwis are unbeaten and, unlike favourites England (who have lost twice) and second-favourites India (whose awful show against Afghanistan probably dams them) they have not blotted their copybook. They are 6/1 (7.0) across the board and their semi-final spot is assured. That’s fair price about them needing to win just two back-to-back games for glory.</p><p>But it would be wrong to say we haven’t spotted weaknesses in their game. Their batting has a problem. Chiefly it’s Tom Latham in the No 5 position. He is having a stinker of a tournament with just 26 runs from four innings. It is impossible to reckon the Black Caps can go all the way with him underperforming. Indeed, another failure here could mean he is dropped for Henry Nicholls with Colin Munro taking the gloves.</p><p>There is nothing wrong with their bowling, however. The pace triumvirate of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are proving the most lethal in the tournament.</p><p>If Pakistan fail to counter this pace attack, it is hard to see them getting a foothold. The way West Indies attacked Pakistan early on in the tournament could be a pointer and it’s the main reason we’ll avoid them. <a href="" target="_blank">New Zealand look a fair bet at 4/6 (1.67).</a></p><p>For tops bets look no further than Ross Taylor. We have to keep faith with him because he is priced up as a 4/1 (5.0) with Bet365, Paddy Power and William Hill. On two-year data for how often he wins, Taylor should be more like 2/1. That’s a big edge in our favour particularly when there is little wrong with Taylor’s form.</p><p>Of course Kane Williamson is in terrific nick himself and is taking all the headlines with consistent match-winning performances. <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> go 5/2 (3.5). That’s not far off being the right privce but we have to swerve because it’s slightly too short.</p><p><strong>Best Tips for the Match:</strong></p><ul> <li>Back Ross Taylor top New Zealand batsman 4/1 <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">Bet365</a>, <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets at PaddyPower!">Paddy Power</a> and <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">William Hill</a></li></ul></div>
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