Cricket World Cup tips ahead of West indies v Pakistan at Trent Bridge and analysis of England’s impressive win over South Africa.
West Indies v Pakistan Tips
The betting makes this match pretty much even-stevens and that sounds about right so we’ll have to look beyond the match winner market for some West Indies v Pakistan tips.
On their side, Pakistan have the advantage of having played a 5-match series in English conditions, although they went 4-0 down in it. That said, England are the strongest side at the World Cup so maybe just about every other side would have suffered a similar fate.
The West indies have come in dramatically in price to win the World Cup but I think everyone is forgetting this is ODI cricket, not T20. No side in the world can clear the boundary more often than the Windies thanks to the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shiron Hetmyer consequently score quicker but there will be periods in any game when discipline, patience and playing the percentages is required rather than all-or-nothing batting.
West Indies v Pakistan Tips: Holder the main man
In a game between two of the most unpredictable sides in world cricket, it could pay to go with the tried and trusted.
Over the last two years, Jason Holder’s 102 wickets are 22 more than anyone else from among the Windies’ bowlers. Yes, he’s played more matches than anyone as you’d expect from the team’s skipper but his strike rate at 41.3 is still better than the chasing pack. Kemar Roach’s (80 wickets during the period) is 43.5 and Shane Gabriel’s (76 wickets) is 43.6. Only Keemo Paul and Kesrick Williams have far better strike rates at 33.5 and 18.3 (!) but neither of them is even in the squad.
Holder knows English conditions well and should at the very least bowl his full 10 overs. He’s the smart choice.
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England v South Africa analysis
England avoided a potential banana skin first up.
Faf du Plessis did the right thing in putting England in to bat as a way of neutralising their outstanding record when chasing. He did an even better thing in asking Imran Tahir to bowl the first over, dismissing dangerman Jonny Bairstow for a first-ball duck.
There were fifties from Jason Roy, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan but it was Ben Stokes who top scored with a well-grafted 89 as England scored 311. Stokes was far from done, following up his batting performance with two lower-order wickets and taking a stunning catch to take the man-of-the match award for his all-round contribution. He’s a (very) early contender for Player of the Tournament.
In the end, South Africa never came close to chasing England’s total, not helped by a bad blow to the helmet of Hashim Amla off a quick bouncer from Jofra Archer. Amla retired hurt and only returned to bat when the game was pretty much up. The highlights of their chase were an entertaining 68 off 74 by Quinton de Kock and a well-paced 50 off 61 from Rassie van der Dussen.
Jofra Archer bowled at good pace and took three wickets while Adil Rashid was nice and economical, going for just 4.37 an over.
- Archer showed us what all the fuss is about with some aggressive bowling.
- Stokes contributed in all three disciplines and looked back to his best.
- England showed us they can win batting first against a good side.
- Three players passed 50 and failed to get to 60.
- Van der Dussen scored his fifth fifty in nine innings and looks a potential run machine.
- Du Plessis showed some good captaincy in opening the bowling with Tahir.
- Phehlukwayo continues to contribute with both bat and ball.
- Five of SA’s bowlers went for 6.0 an over or more.
- Du Plessis, de Kock and especially JP Duminy all fell to poor shots.
World Cup Betting Update:
England are a best price of 3.0 on the Betfair Exchange. With a match against Pakistan coming up next, a team they recently beat 4-0, this might be the last chance you get to back them at 3.0 or bigger for while.
South Africa were around the 10.0 mark before this match and are now out to a best price of 13.0 with Royal Panda to win the World Cup for the first time.
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