Cricket Betting: Live on Skysports 2: Sun 14.00: England and Pakistan get a T20 series underway on Sunday amidst a media maelstrom; it’s difficult to see anything but an English victory.
It’s difficult to make any sort of case for a Pakistan victory in Sunday’s T20 match with England in Cardiff.
Take away a captain and 2 major sources of wickets and what do you have? 11 players who are confused and distracted without real venom in the attack. The best price offered, 8/5 by Betdaq, just doesn’t feel generous enough. Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif are embroiled in a well publicised scandal and were withdrew before receiving a suspension and the loss of Amir and Asif will be particularly telling.
England, a very backable 4/7 with Totesport, have had a small issue of their own; dropping Pietersen and the resulting hoo-hah from him but with Broad, Swann and Anderson all doing well with the ball (and the bat in Broad’s case), there is a good feeling about the current World Champions (lest you forget!).
Stuart Broad has to be the man to watch, a career high 169 in the 4th Test showed how far he has come along with the bat and there was a haul of 14 wickets over that 4 test series as well. He is a rather ambitious shout for top bat at 50/1 with Paddy Power but if he can sneak up to number 6 or 7 he will be very confident that he can smack a quick 50, should the wickets have fallen fastly enough. Anderson and Swann are both 11/4 (888sport) to get the top bowling gong for England and, in truth, they are very hard to split. If the weather is right, the swing of Anderson would be the choice.
The Pakistan camp is a bit hard to read at the moment. Yousuf could be an explosive source of runs, 5/1 to top score for the tourists with Bet365 but the bowling is a mystery. Umar Gul is a constant from the tests but in all truth it’s too hard to pick an outstanding candidate.
Pakistan are unpredictable in nature at T20 level but England definitely have the upper hand in this instance. A Pakistan victory would be a shock, much more so than the odds suggest.