Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Match 2: Pakistan v West Indies

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:34 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 30, 2019 6:34 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says the Pakistan opener deserves more respect with an astonishing top-bat record

<div><h2>Pakistan v West Indies</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="West Indies vs Pakistan Odds Board"><strong>Friday 31 May 10.30</strong></a></p><p>Pakistan have prepared well for the World Cup thanks to a pre-tournament series against England. Sure, they got beat four-zip but that acclimatisation should give them an edge in the early stages.</p><p>The same can be said for punters. <a href="" target="_blank">We’ve had a good look at Pakistan</a> and we know their gun players pretty well. And one of them provides us with as solid a wager as you’re likely to see all tournament.</p><p>Imam-ul-Haq is <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">rated at 7/2 (4.5) by Betfair</a> and <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well Rated Bookmaker">Paddy Power</a> for top Pakistan runscorer. It’s a terrific price. Imam razed England’s bowling in those contests earlier in the summer and we’re amazed that the layers have not taken heed.</p><p>On two-year form for winning this market, Imam should be 13/8 (2.6). He has an incredible hit rate of 43 per cent which makes him, currently, the most reliable wager on top-bat markets.</p><p>He looks the part, too. His bespectacled appearance under the helmet gives his followers a studious, reassuring air. His technique is tight and he can cut and pull with precision rather than flair. After recovering from a nasty blow on the elbow, Imam remains one of the standout wagers for top tournament runscorer. <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Coral!">Coral</a> and <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Ladbrokes!">Ladbrokes</a> go 40/1 a quarter the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Cricket Odds Board">odds</a> the first four and with his record it’s not a mug punt.</p><p>Babar Azam gets jolly status and although we recognise him as a player of high quality his record is nowhere near as good as Imam’s. Babar is the man to follow in Twenty20 international but not in ODI where he has copped five times (with two ties) in the last 38. Even if we were being generous in the extreme and giving him those two ties as wins he’s still no better than a 9/2 (5.5) chance. Coral, Ladbrokes and <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">William Hill</a> go 3/1 (4.0). No thanks.</p><p>Fakhar Zaman, Imam’s opening partner, is a man we like and he gives a good account of himself for top bat wagers. It’s ten wins in 36 over the last two years so the 4/1 (5.0) that Betfair and Paddy Power offer is also value. How do we decide between the pair, then? Easy. <a href="" target="_blank" title="+Cricket Betting Tips">We back the biggest rick</a>. And that’s Imam.</p><p><strong>Best tips for the match:</strong><br />Imam-ul-Haq top Pakistan runscorer 7/2 Betfair, Paddy Power</p></div>
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