West Indies v Pakistan tips and best bets, ICC World Cup 2019 Predictions
West Indies v Pakistan
Venue: Trent Bridge
Odds: West Indies ($1.91); South Africa ($1.91)
A genuine ICC World Cup contender could emerge from Friday’s clash between the West Indies and Pakistan, with both teams boasting enough firepower to trouble the top-ranked ODI cricket teams.
While it’s tempting to jump on Pakistan, which will be led by two of the most promising youngsters in cricket in batsman Babar Azam and young leggie Shadab Khan, we are predicting the Windies’ strong lead-up form to hold up.
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Online betting sites cannot separate the teams (Pakistan is ranked 6th, West Indies 8th) with both teams priced at $1.91 in head-to-head betting, but there must be question marks over the subcontinent team given its meek losses to England and minnow Afghanistan in ICC World Cup lead-up matches.
In contrast the Windies batsmen have been on fire, including posting 421 in a 90-run win over New Zealand, and drawing a best-of-five ODI series against England 2-2. The big query on the Windies will be their ability to maintain discipline and restrict teams when they are bowling.
Read on in our West Indies-Pakistan preview for the latest news and tips ahead of the 2nd match of 48 to be played at the ICC World Cup.
West Indies v Pakistan odds:
Head to head betting:
West Indies: $1.91
Prediction: Flip a coin in this one! More on who will win below.
Top run scorer betting odds:
West Indies odds: Chris Gayle $3.75, Shai Hope $4.00, Evin Lewis $5.00, Darren Bravo $6, Shimron Hetmyer $6.50
Pakistan odds: Imam-ul-Haq $4.00, Babar Azam $4.00, Fakhar Zaman $4.33, Mohammad Hafeez $5.50
Top batter prediction: He’s young, he’s in form, back Shai Hope to top the run scorers for the West Indies against Pakistan, paying $4 with William Hill.
Top wicket taker odds:
West Indies odds: Kemar Roach $4.33, Jason Holder $4.33, Shannon Gabriel $4.50, Sheldon Cottrell $4.50, Oshane Thomas $5.
Pakistan odds: Hasan Ali $4 Mohammad Amir $4.33, Waham Riaz $4.50, Shadab Khan $4.50, Shaheen Afridi $5.
Top bowler best bet: The Pakistanis desperately need a bowler to be a standout if they are to progress in the tournament, Shadab Khan has the talent to be the man. You can back him to be the leading wicket taker for Pakistan against the Windies, paying $4.50 at William Hill
WGL best bets: West Indies v Pakistan
The WGL cricket tips experts will run the rule over each game of the ICC World Cup and give you our best bets a few days in advance of the start. Bookmark our ICC cricket tips page for all your betting needs during the tournament.
No team to score a century:
This market is a special running at William Hill on the West Indies v Pakistan match. In short it allows you to back both teams not to score a century in this game. The market is paying 4.33 and given the hit or miss nature of both teams, it wouldn’t surprise to see no player make a century. Be aware Pakistan ace Azam made a classy ton against England at Trent Bridge in a World Cup lead-up game. Another factor in the WGL experts liking no player to make a ton in this match is that there is some rain predicted on Friday, which could impact both the length of the game and the batting conditions. You can check out this market at William Hill.
Man of the match betting:
Babar Azam is clearly one of the best young talents on the planet and a good player of spin, which is a strength of the Windies’ bowling attack. Azam is never dismissed easily and is paying 10/1 to take out man of the match honours. If you’re looking for a bit more value, or are looking for a West Indian to ride throughout the match, Shimron Hetmyer is paying 15/1 and has strong lead-up form, including a century recently against England at ODI level.
Best man of the match bet: Back Bazar Azam for man of the match, paying 10/1 with William Hill.com.
West Indies v Pakistan prediction
If we’re being brutally honest, we’ve been burnt by both the West Indies and Pakistan in the past when betting on cricket, so we will be staying away from the head to head market on this one until we see which version of both teams turns up in England and Wales. Our gut feel is that the Windies are playing a little bit more consistently than Pakistan, but the latter has the rare ability to flick a switch and win any game of cricket. If we were forced into a bet it would be on the West Indies, but we would recommend investing your money on other markets.
West Indies-Pakistan match prediction: West Indies to win, priced at 1.91 with WilliamHill.com.
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