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While England are entertaining themselves with their short Twenty20 cricket series against the West Indies at the Oval over the next few days, there is the big fanfare of the 2011 Champions League cricket betting to look at. The young tournament, which offers the thrills and spills of the short format, once again brings together the best Twenty20 teams from across the globe (well, from India, Australia, England and South Africa, plus Trinidad and Tobago at least) to battle it out for the honours. This is only the third time the tournament has been held but already it is such a huge media spectacle. It was supposed to be launched in 2008 which was ultimately cancelled because of the Mumbai attacks, and so Australian side New South Wales were the first ever Champions League Cricket champions, crowned in 2009 after beating Trinidad and Tobago in the final. Last year there was success for the Chennai Super Kings against the Warriors from South Africa in last year’s showcase finale. So what do we have exactly for your 2011 Champions League Cricket betting? Well there are two groups of five, and the top two go through to meet in the semi finals on October 7th and 8th, and then the final itself is held on October 9th. So it is quite a quick fire, non-stop action type of tournament, just what Twenty20 Cricket should be. Yes, it seems like the cricket year just never ends, but when you can look forward to top action such as this, then who cares, frankly? Let’s take a look at the two groups, which will naturally be the first point of call to weigh up your betting options. Pool A Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians New South Wales Blues Cape Cobras Trinidad and Tobago Pool B Bangalore Royal Challengers Warriors South Redbacks Somerset Kolkota Knight Riders Let’s start with the English challenge. 2011 Friends Life T20 runners up Somerset fought their way into the main part of tournament after coming through a qualification round robin, along with Trinidad and Tobago. Leicestershire, who won the 2011 Friends Life T20 title were unfortunately eliminated from the qualification stage. Truthfully the challenge from Somerset doesn’t look as if it is going to set the tournament alight really, with the UK bookies certainly thinking that they will be on the periphery of the action, having been handed long odds. For the nation who came up with the Twenty20 concept, England still seem to be lagging a bit behind the quality of the other big nations. Of course there is the money issue of the Indian Premier League which attracts most of the world’s top stars, so the balance of power is a little bit unfairly titled, we would have to say, and that does influence your cricket betting here. It is the Indian teams which are pretty much dominating the 2011 Champions League Cricket betting really, starting with the favourites, the Chennai Super Kings. Honestly they are in the tougher Pool really, along with the Mumbai Indians and New South Wales, but the Kings, with the likes of Michael Hussey in the side, look to be the most potent yet very well balanced side. They are not going to lose many matches, let’s put it that way. You really would expect to see Chennai, New South Wales and Mumbai battling it out for the top two spots here in Pool A. Mumbai, with Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga in the side have a lot of threat and power, while the New South Wales will be looking to hold their end up as being previous winners of the Champions League Cricket. It should be a pretty good three way tussle between those. But also wanted to look at the Cape Cobras from South Africa, who have Owais Shah, Jean Paul Duminy and Herschelle Gibbs in their ranks, who could be a pretty good outside shot at making a nuisance of themselves and squeezing through. However, really have to look to the strengths that the Chennai Super Kings and their immense following will bring to the tournament. They are the team which everyone will have in their targets as having to beat. Like the threat of Mumbai to follow them through to the knockout stages. Down in Pool B, the Bangalore Royal Challengers are definitely going to be the biggest force to be reckoned with here, with the likes of Tilkarantne Dilshan, AB de Villiers, Daniel Vettori and Chris Gayle in the side. Bangalore are a very strong side, and because they are in the easier of the two pools, they make pretty good value in your 2011 Champions League Cricket outright betting. There has been a lot of interest in the Kolkata Knight Riders as well, presumably not from David Hasselhoff though, as they are attracting a lot of attention in the betting market for the tournament. Pool B is going to be a lot more cut and dry by the looks of things, with the Bangalore Royal Challengers along with Kolkota expected to be in the semi finals. South Australia Redbacks, Warriors and Somerset will pose their challenges, but don’t see any of them being strong enough over four round robin matches each to depose either of the two Indian sides. 2011 Champions League Cricket Betting Odds Chennai Super Kings: 5/1 at Victor Chandler Royal Challengers Bangalore: 5/1 at Bwin New South Wales Blues: 7/1 at Victor Chandler Kolkota Knight Riders: 7/1 at Bet365 Mumbai Indians: 15/2 at Victor Chandler Cape Cobras: 12/1 at Bet365 Somerset: 12/1 at Bet365 South Australia Blues: 12/1 at Totesport Trinidad and Tobago: 14/1 at Totesport Warriors: 14/1 at Be365 2011 Champions League Cricket Betting Tip: We are going to push for Bangalore in our Cricket Betting here. They have the easier of the two pools, and should take top spot. The semi finals are going to be a momentous struggle whoever finishers where, and so too the final itself. Wouldn’t be surprised to see all four Indian sides in the semi’s. The biggest threat comes from the New South Wales Blues to disrupt the Indian position of power, but we will back Bangalore, because of the balance of their very good, very powerful side. Nothing much to chose between them and Chennai really, would be a cracking final. Online bookmaker Victor Chandler run a cricket betting promotion on their website, which you may want to pay attention to for this and other cricket betting. When you place a Top Batsman bet in a match, if your selection fires off a century, but doesn’t end up being the match’s top scorer, then the bookie will refund your lost stake as a free bet. Just a good bit of cricket betting insurance to take note of. Highly rated bookie Victor Chandler offer a free £25 welcome bonus for new customers registering an account with them.
England v Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup Betting - England have squeezed their way into the 2011 Cricket Word Cup quarter finals, after performing in patches throughout their group matches. England lost against Ireland and Bangladesh in the group stages, bad defeats really for a side which many tipped to have the potential to go on and win this. On the positive side, they did draw with tournament favourites India, and managed to put in a more solid performance in beating South Africa. So perhaps that unpredictability is England’s secret weapon. Andrew Strauss’s men really haven’t put together a comprehensive, all round performance, where the bowling and batting have performed in unison. Some times the batting has been good and the bowling bad, and some times vice versa. It has been an incredibly long winter for England, and they have looked uncharacteristically sloppy in the field as well, but somehow, front line bowler Jimmy Anderson has been off his game, but somehow they have managed to get through. Maybe that is to their battling credit that they have gotten so far, and while the upset results have come in the group, it hasn’t stopped their progress, joining India, South Africa and the West Indies in the group to qualify. That was the expected four to get through from the offer, and with Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan all fulfilling their quarter destinies in the other group, this is the point at which the Cricket World Cup really starts for the top 8 nations.
The tournament, which seems to have been going on all year, now will race to a climax. Teams are just three victories away from glory, and all know that they will have to face tough opposition to get there, and have to raise their games to their highest potential. This is particularly true of England, who really need to find some cohesion in their game, not that coach Andy Flower seems to worried about it all, as they prepare to face pre tournament favourites Sri Lanka in the quarter finals. It is fair to say that England will rightly be underdogs, as they face Sri Lanka in conditions which will be favorable to the joint host nation. Sri Lanka cruised through their group stage, losing just one game (against Pakistan), and the only thing stopping a fuller points haul was a no result against Australia, when Sri Lanka were flowing with the bat. England really will have their hands full with Sri Lanka, who are about as complete of a one day team as you could sit down and piece together. They have such a powerful bowling attack, with the unorthodox style for Lasith Malinga, and the tormenting spin of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis. The batting line up too is just incredible, with Dilshan, Jayawardene, Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, Tharanga weighing in. Sri Lanka, in racking up the tournament’s highest run rate, in contrast to England, do look very confident, comfortable at the crease, and the domineering wins they have racked up against lower opposition, where England have struggled, is a sign of the damage which they can do. Sri Lanka are still one of the tournament favourites, and that is represented in the Cricket World Cup Betting Odds.
England v Sri Lanka goes on Saturday, and Andy Flower is insistent that his side will perform well under pressure, just as they did in Australia in the Ashes Test series. England, remember, were the ones who came from nowhere at the Twenty20 World Cup around 18 months ago, winning it against all of the odds. But England look as if they have some way to go in order to build up the about of resolve that may be needed to really take on three top class opponents in a row, in order for them to win this. They had to rely on other results in the end to get through to the quarter finals, but as much as England have been depleted, they are there, still in with a fighting chance. However, they have not only had to cope with injury problems, but key players look as if they have ran out of steam and form, notably James Anderson and Paul Collingwood. If England were to get past Sri Lanka in the Quarter Finals, awaiting them in the semi’s would be the winner between South Africa and New Zealand. England have called up Jade Bernbach, after Ajmal Shahzad had to retire from the tournament with a hamstring problem. Flower has hinted that Bernbach’s variety could play a part in the quarter final encounter, which would be something of a baptism of fire for Bernbach (currently on tour with the England Lions in South Africa).
England v Sri Lanka Head to Head
So to the head to head. England have done very well against Sri Lanka, and if they can pull things together, they could be in with a good chance. Six of the last eight World Cup meeting between England v Sri Lanka has ended in victory for England. That is a pretty strong record. The most recent meeting between the two sides was in Johannesburg in September of 09, which England won by a convincing six wickets. That match did however, end a run of three defeats for England. In the overall head to head stats of England v Sri Lanka, there is little to split the two nations. England have won 23 of the encounters, while Sri Lanka have 21 of the ODI matches.
England v Sri Lanka Betting Tip: The positives for England, is that they have endured enough problems, and have come through them when it has mattered. They have generally raised their game against the better opposition. Batsmen Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss are two of the tournaments highest scorers with the bat. However, the one element of England’s game which could led them down, will ultimately be their attack. It’s not as strong as it could be, and coming up against top batsmen now, it could show could show holes in their attack. If the bowling isn’t there against the might of the Sri Lanka batsmen, England could finally be heading home for a break. A win for Sri Lanka is the most likely outcome, giving the line ups, conditions and form at the moment. All that simply does is mean that England are good value for backing, with their unpredictability, you just never know.
England v Sri Lanka Betting Odds
2011 Cricket World Cup Quarter Final Draw
March 26th: England v Sri Lanka
March 23rd: West Indies v Pakistan
March 24th: India v Australia
March 25th: South Africa v New Zealand
Cricket World Cup Outright Winner Odds
South Africa: 7/2 at Unibet
India: 7/2 at Totesport
Sri Lanka: 11/2 at Unibet
Australia: 6/1 at SkyBet
Pakistan: 6/1 at Bet365
England: 11/1 at Unibet
West Indies: 22/1 at SportingBet
New Zealand: 25/1 at Totesport
England do not look like anything more than a quarter final team at the 2011 Cricket World Cup to be honest. Their defeat against Ireland pretty much put a dampener on their progress, and if that has sucked the life out of them, then they could even be in danger of not making it into the top four (England are currently 3/1 at Wililam Hill to go out at the group stage). This scenario was suggested on these pages ahead of the tournament, and with just one win from three opening matches, there is still a lot of work to get through now, with three games remaining. They still have South Africa to come, along with the West Indies and Bangladesh. The latter two are winnable games, or at least they should be for England, but as they have shown, they find it hard to raise their game against weaker opposition. They struggled past the Netherlands, they struggled past Canada in a warm up match, so quite where England will go from here is a bit of a mystery. They put in a solid performance in a draw against India, but their bowling attack just does not look potent enough. The batting looks fairly solid, but it hasn’t been backed up at all from their bowling, which has looked tired, unadventurous and laboured at times. The rest of the usual suspects are still well in the hunt in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and aren’t facing the problems which England are. Australia and Sri Lanka are ticking along nicely, with South Africa looking sharp as well. Even if England get through to the quarter final stage, you really have a problem seeing them beat three of the best teams in the world from that stage to win the competition.
Cricket World Cup Outright
Host nation India are still leading the way at 11/4 at Bet365 as favourites. This has been helped by them playing on their home turf, in their own conditions. Yes, they have choked before under the pressure of expectation, especially under the fierce scrutiny of their passionate fans at big tournaments. They have gotten of on a solid footing, and look a shoo-in for the quarter finals. Not sure if they are still the complete side which can take it all the way, but even as favourites they are good value for money at the moment. They will gain some advantage in the latter stages of the tournament against the southern hemisphere teams, but do they have the consistency? South Africa, tipped here from the start have had their odds shortened after an impressive start. They are now in at 4/1 with Bet365 to lift the cup, and they make for a solid bet as well. They have major weapons in their front line seam bowling attack with the new ball, and two of the most impressive, in form batsmen around in the world at the moment. They really do carry a big threat, even though they still have the label of being the big chokers of world cricket. They are looking strong and are too good value in the market at the moment to ignore. Sri Lanka, one of the front runners before the tournament even started, have one of the best line ups of all teams, with explosive batting and bowling. They suffered a bit of a setback when Pakistan beat them by 11 runs, but Sri Lanka will get through to the knockout stage and no one will want to face them at that point. Have drifted a little to 5/1at Bet365 but worth a shot, especially as they won the tournament the last time it was held in their neck of the woods. Need a big response as they face Australian next. The other major force looks to be Australia, who are also a great price to take at the moment at 11/2 with Boylesports. We spoke about their threat, even though they are looking a little average in terms of world class quality. The Australians, who have won the last three World Cups simply are not going to lie down and give up their crown. Have destroyed New Zealand and Kenya and are warming up for their next match against Sri Lanka. There is still a big draw on taking Australia to win again here, this time, more against the odds than ever.
Group A Winner
Well, Australia are front runners to win the group, after Sri Lanka lost an early match to Pakistan. The Aussies are 6/4 at Bet365 to finish first and that looks a decent price. Pakistan who are 15/8 at Boylesports to win Group B, perhaps are the one side who are going to be flying under the radar in terms of results. Controversy follows them everywhere, and you are pretty much waiting with bated breath for them to implode. The media hype about their personnel is more attracting of attention than what they are doing on the pitch. Still, a victory over Sri Lanka should have had a unifying effect, but still fancy Australia to top the group ahead of them. Sri Lanka were favourites to win the group before things got underway and although they have gone out to 9/4 at Boylesports to top the group, it is still more than feasible that they can make it happen. Would stick with the Aussies though, there is just something about them, that dogged ability to pull through adversity like no other side.
Group B Winner
Well, South Africa are the early pace setters, after two solid opening victories. That has pulled their price in to 6/5 at Blue Square to win this market, now at the same price as hosts India at 888Sport. The South Africans looked a strong side coming in, but there are always major doubts about their ability to perform consistently on the big stage. They have the undisputed talent to pull this off though, and from a comfortable start, should gain confidence. Those two matches were against the West Indies and the Netherlands, but they got the job done professionally, and next up for them is England, who you would expect the Proteas to beat, leaving them in a strong position. The deciding factor in this group will be on March 12th, when India play South Africa. England are trundling in as third favourites to win Group B, but that is just too unlikely, and the bookies recognise that at as they are priced around 14/1 with BetFair to pull it off. They’ll need to win from here on out, and not looking strong enough or stable enough of a bet to make it happen.
2011 Cricket betting advice and tips
So, in this incredibly protracted tournament, which is not really going to start until the quarter finals, the excitement is pretty low at the moment. There have been reports that the new format, which is taking forever to get through the group stage, is killing off the interest of the whole World Cup. While that may be true, is doesn’t pass up the fact that there are still plenty of betting opportunities to take advantage of, especially with the big sides playing minnows. This is a great opportunity to get into live in play betting for the cricket, which will open new markets as you go along, such as fall of next wicket, next man out etc, just to add extra dimensions to your cricket betting. With the competition still in its infancy, the time to take outright prices is right now. Don’t wait until the final eight are decided at the end of the group stage, as prices will be trimmed then, so be brave in your selection and get your bets in now. It will pay off in the long run. Don’t worry about To Qualify markets, not unless your think someone like Ireland are going to pull off another upset and get themselves through. The possibilities which will be open to you in live in play betting at the cricket world cup cannot be stressed enough, and if you are wondering where to go to in order to find some of the best live betting available, then hit Bet365 who have recently updated their line betting console, and it is excellent for all of your needs. It has been improved to make it even more efficient than it was, backed up more solidly by stats as well. If you are not a customer at Bet365 then when you open an account there, you can take advantage of their incredible £200 free bet offer for joining them. The Cricket World Cup is going to rumble on for a long time yet, so take advantage of all the online betting opportunities it is going to throw your way.
England are ready to step into the 2011 Cricket World Cup arena, with their opening match against the Netherlands early on Monday morning. Things at the World Cup have pretty much all gone to plan so far, with India winning their opening match, along with dominating performances from Sri Lanka and defending champions Australia. Next it will be England’s turn to stamp their authority on the tournament, but of course, one eye will keep glancing back at the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup, when the underdogs pulled off a major shock against England. England now actually look a bit stronger and fitter, with the squad pretty much back to full health. Spinner Graeme Swann has joined them after his paternity leave, but he may not be put straight into the side. The spin duty may fall on Michael Yardy, but there is always the temptation to play two spinners in the sub continent conditions. After struggling to get past Canada in their first World Cup warm up match, England put in a much stronger performance to beat Pakistan comfortably. Thankfully Stuart Broad looks back to his best after missing most of the Ashes series with an injury. He roared back into action taking five wickets against both Canada and Pakistan, with figures of 5-25 against Pakistan. England have also been boosted by the news that Tim Bresnan, who really could be an important part of their World Cup campaign, has returned to full health.
Mercurial batsman Kevin Pietersen has been assigned the role of opening the batting with Andrew Strauss, and made a decent contribution to the score against Pakistan. He may take some time to grow into the role, but time isn’t what England have. They need to come out firing from the off. England are in the tougher Group B in the tournament, alongside South Africa and India, and it is their performances against the minnows which could really determine their outcome. While the Dutch fans will remember fondly the last two runs off the last ball in that opening 2009 Twenty20 World Cup match, they haven’t beaten a Test Nation at a ODI World Cup. They have actually only ever won two of their fourteen World Cup matches played. England should have far too much in the tank to suffer any shocking set back here. While it is only against the Netherlands, it really is a must win game, for confidence and for intent in the World Cup. They have seen stronger nations easily brush aside weaker challenges, and that is what they have to live up to. They have to shake off that horrid 6-1 series defeat at the hands of the Aussies and knuckle straight down to business. England start as 1/20 outright favourites to beat the Netherlands at Totesport, so clearly not much value there. With the Dutch way out at 11/1 with Bet365 to win the match, you are unlikely to get any returns there either.
Best profits will come in looking outside of the match outright prices here. Dip into submarkets such as Top England bowler, where Stuart Broad is 11/4 at Bet365 which does represent value. He is on top form at the moment, he looks rested, fit and hungry. Graeme Swann, who should make a big impact at the tournament is 7/2 but Broad will really get first dibs on skittling out the Dutch. So then you can turn to Top England Batsman for some good potential profit on your cricket betting as well. Kevin Pietersen, given the chance to be in amongst the runs earlier is decently priced at 3/1 with BetFred. You look at Pietersen and Captain Andrew Strauss (10/3 at Bet365) to score the heavy runs really, England don’t have a big rapid scorer beyond that. Jonathon Trott (7/2 at Victor Chandler) has great temperament and class but is a bit slow in building innings, yet he can build up big totals if he gets in. Stick with one of the two openers though, as they should get the most action, and you would hope that England don’t have to go too far down their batting order to get the job done here. After their miserable run against Australia, England are out at 9/1 at Stan James to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup outright.
Just how well will England fare in the 2011 Cricket World Cup? Not well enough to win it probably, even though they have previously been mentioned in the same breath as India and Sri Lanka as potential winners. England’s odds on winning the little gold trophy have drifted way out following their hammering at the hands of Australia 6-1 following the success of the Ashes. Yes, they have bit hit by injury, and while they are expected to have Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan back, it won’t be enough. Their key player in the short format of the game, and the man who has carried them so well over the last twelve months or so with the bat, Eoin Morgan is missing, and that will hurt them badly. You will likely make more profit in betting against England than by backing them. Just saying. While the 2011 Cricket World Cup looks as if it will be a pretty open affair, England look to just have too many cracks in their line up. Sure, Pakistan are too unpredictable and volatile to back heavily. Sure India and South Africa have choker labels on them, so should that put England in the hunt? No. Their struggles against lowly Canada, where Kevin Pietersen was surprisingly deployed as opening batsman, will not have instilled much confidence, winning by just 16 runs. England have one more warm up match to come against Pakistan.
England will do well enough to be in the quarter finals for the knockout stage. They are in the tougher Group B of the draw, and have to negotiate matches against South Africa and India (who are potential tournament winners). A good run of three wins would push any team through to the knockout stage, so that leaves victories against the Netherlands and Ireland as being essential, and there is a very tricky match against the rapidly improving Bangladesh. There’s not a lot of certainty around England here, and they looked a bit tired and beaten up in the one day series against Australia. England do not have a solid opening partner for Andrew Strauss, they are missing Morgan, and Kevin Pietersen cannot be relied upon so much as he has been throughout his career to fire England to victory. Graeme Swann should be able to make a big impact with his spin bowling, and will be happy to get into conditions which will suit him after the dry flat tracks Down Under. There probably isn’t enough in the bowling attack to really damage the top level opponents in this tournament, and the batsmen are not the best players of spin. Tim Bresnan is being eased back into things but will miss the opening matches, Broad has just returned from injury (although he is suffering from an illness at the moment), Ajmal Shahzad is nursing a hamstring injury, England are short on fully fit bowlers at the moment. There is not the explosive batting which you can rely on from England, and once they get bogged down against spin, it is hard to see them running up large unassailable totals really.
So, are we looking at an early exit for a somewhat beleaguered England? You can take the price of for them not to qualify, and when you break it down, there is the possibility of it happening. Of course, they won the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup as complete dark horses, but you look at the 50 over format and see so much potential elsewhere.
Let’s picture England squeezing through as one of the top four teams in the Group (and they could be pressed hard by Bangladesh), then a quarter final exit for England will fetch 15/13 at Bwin. If you don’t think that they will even get that far, there is a lot of value in taking England for an early exit from the group stage for a price of 13/2 at SkyBet.
The top England batsman market may as well fall on Kevin Pietersen, now he is getting a run out as opener. Who knows with him, as he still have the most talent and the most to offer in the batting line up. Decent return on Pieterson for 4/1 at Unibet. This would have been the ideal category to back Eoin Morgan, but England have been robbed of him. Other potential big scorers really are only Matt Prior (12/1 at Unibet) on his day, Andrew Strauss (4/1 at Totesport) and the more plausible figure of Jonathan Trott (7/2 at Totesport). Trott scores heavily, but scores slowly and that is why he isn’t a natural one day player. But he has great temperament, sticks around and will get valuable runs on the board.
The top wicket taker for England will likely be pushed by James Anderson (7/2 at Bet365) and Graeme Swann (5/2 at Boylesports). Swann will get a lot more action with the conditions favoring him, and Anderson is the go to guy, Mr. Reliable when it comes to swing. Bresnan really would have been a top contender here, as he is so dangerous at the top of the innings and at the end. Not sure what level of participation he is going to be able to offer, so stick with the two main men.
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Well, if you wanted any confirmation of where to put your Cricket World Cup bets, then apparently a veteran astrologer has studied the alignment of the planetary bodies, and has predicted that Sri Lanka and England will be in the final. Read into that what you will. Sri Lanka and India are justifiably strong in the markets, yet are worth taking them to win the Cricket World Cup which starts on Friday. There is a big factor of home advantage here, and they are two of the best one day international teams. The conditions for the World Cup, which is being jointly held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh should give the two teams a big heads up. Even though there are two other sides in the running, Australia and South Africa, which should push hard for the title, because of playing conditions and familiarity, especially when it comes to spin, it probably should be a toss up between India and Sri Lanka as the front runner for your world cup cricket betting. Sri Lanka, who just warmed up with a win against the West Indies, are previous winners of the World Cup, winning when the competition was last held on their own turf. That is a pretty good indicator for the current World Cup and it will be worth taking a long hard look at them. What Sri Lanka have, and what they have shown in the short format, is a tremendous batting power, but they have always been able to back it up with a fierce bowling attack. They are one of the bravest and most forthright teams when it comes to world cricket, and looking at the bowling history for the World Cup, Sri Lanka have two familiar names near the top of the charts for leading wicket takers in the competition. Muralitharan has 53 wickets to his name, and Vaas has 49 in World Cup cricket. Both average around 20 so they will be a major threat. The incredible, inventive spin of Muralitharan has the ability to undo the best batting line ups in the world. This will be his swansong tournament, and while you have the unorthodox Lasith Malinga who will always take wickets, Sri Lanka have bowlers who can dominate matches.
On the batting front, Sri Lanka can throw out Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardne to take the attack straight to the opposition right from the opening order, and they just look to be the best, all round team, without any noticeable cracks in the line up which can be seen. Their batting line up is somewhat enviable in both confidence and ability, making them a solid bet. Sri Lanka should enjoy plenty of success in their group, and it should come down to themselves and Australia to see who takes top spot. They are really the most obvious choice when it comes to your World Cup cricket betting to be honest, as they are decently priced and are well worth backing. Their record is standing at 14 wins out of their last 19 matches on their home turf, and that is strong form to go into the tournament with. Watch out for Angelo Mathews, who is a great prospect for Sri Lanka’s all-rounder position for years to come. Has flair with the and has shown the ability to tear into middle order and tail enders. This is one player who can really stand out in the tournament in his home conditions, and could help Sri Lanka go one better than the 2007 World Cup, where they finished as runners up to Australia. Incidentally, Sri Lanka are the oldest side in the tournament with an average of 29.87 years, so that should equal that all important experience.
Sri Lanka to win 2011 Cricket World Cup: 9/2 at Unibet
What of India? How much home advantage will be handed to them? Well, they looked pretty modest in their batting during a recent warm up win against Australia. India have historically failed to live up to expectations when it has come to tournament cricket. There is always a massive weight of expectation upon them, but this time around, they look more likely to come close to lifting the title. There is an air of unpredictability about them, even though you look down the team sheet and see an enviable line up. They have misfired terribly in their last two tournaments (the 2007 World Cup and the Twenty20 World Cup), but you never know with them. Talented to the rafters, and they are getting the great Sachin Tendulkar warmed up, and they have called up the somewhat controversial figure of Sreesanth to the bowling attack. India have had problems with injury, but finally then can field their strongest one day international side, and they will be boosted if Tendulkar is fully fit. He hasn’t played much cricket over the past year, but let’s not forget his double century against South Africa back in 2010. Quality, just what India will want at the top of their order. Their batsmen really failed to impress too much against Australia in a warm up match, but the prolific and variable spin which they can bring into the attack in the middle part of the game, is one of their key weapons. Australia simply could not cope what was being thrown at them, especially from leg spinner Piyush Chawla who took four wickets for nine runs in just five orders. There could be a massive temptation for India to go with two spinners, where usually they field just one alongside three seamers. They completed their warm up on Wednesday with a big win over New Zealand, and that is the India we should see more of.
Both Sri Lanka and India should be in the knockout stage, and there will be no early upsets this time around, due to the reformatting of the tournament, which should ensure all the top teams get through. The tournament is a prolonged affair with 49 matches on the cards. Both are worth considering because of the matches being played on the sub-continent, which is always a tricky place for the best visiting nations to go to. With other strong contenders South Africa not particularly great performers in the hot and humid conditions, and Australia looking to come together as a side still, Sri Lanka and India represent the best value bets as outright winners for the 2011 World Cup.
India to win 2011 Cricket World Cup: 3/1 at Paddy Power