Two cricket mad nations with a rivalry to match! Old Trafford will be a carnival atmosphere of green and blue on Sunday when India and Pakistan go head-to-head in their Cricket World Cup clash, not to mention millions of subcontinent cricket fans around the world that will tune into this one. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds available in our FanBoosts section.
A Rivalry Unmatched In The Sport
The most anticipated game of the World Cup, which also has huge ramifications for the rest of the tournament; after losing a topsy turvy encounter with Australia, Pakistan need to win this to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
This great rivalry will be watched on television by millions of people worldwide and lets just hope the rain doesn’t ruin events.
Washout For India
India had their last encounter with New Zealand washed out, but with both sides maintaining their unbeaten records, it’s not a result that will bother either camp too much.
Prior to that, it had been a mightily impressive start by Virat Kohli’s men as they eased past South Africa and dominated Australia.
Their side looks well-balance with an in-form and deep batting line-up, backed up by a high-quality bowling attack.
Amir Back To His Best
It was a typical display by Pakistan against Australia as they showed great fight and had moments of brilliance, but the overall performance was littered with mistakes and costly errors.
The standout performance was Mohammad Amir, who showed great skill to take five-wickets, and like in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final when they defeated India, Pakistan will need their strike bowler to be at his best if they are to stand a chance.
India v Pakistan Betting Tips
India deserve their favouritism, having won six of their last eight ODIs with Pakistan, but having seen what happened to England earlier in the tournament, as well as that 180-run defeat to Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men in the Champions Trophy final, 1.39 isn’t tempting us.
With Shikhar Dhawan injured for next two games, the responsibility lies primarily with Rohit Sharma to score runs at the top of the order.
He’s in good touch too after plundering 122* against South Africa and backing it up with another 57 against Australia.
What’s more, he enjoys this rivalry, averaging 44.62 against Pakistan – passing 50 in seven of his 15 innings – and with Kohli taking up the majority of the market, Sharma represents decent value.
Finally, this is the first match to take place at Old Trafford – a ground usually receptive to pace. After his sensational displays to date, Amir deserves his place as favourite of the Top Pakistan Bowler market.
However, he can be used in a containing role, whereas Wahab Riaz is always utilised as a wicket-taking option.
The 33-year-old was unlucky not to pick up more than the one wicket against the Aussies, as he had two simple chances dropped, and Amir’s recent performance have given a little extra juice in Riaz’s price.
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