Tuesday’s first One Day International ended in a thrilling tie having kept swinging between the sides for much of the game. Sri Lanka’s batting had crumbled before Angelo Mathews pushed them to a competitive total of 286 and the same happened to England prior to a revival under Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.
Betting in play markets would have been seriously active for the full 100 overs but how are things looking ante post, ahead of Friday’s second tie?
Match Odds & Game Preview
Nothing has really changed in the result market with England listed as hot favourites at 1.33 with Bet365 and Sri Lanka as the outside punt at 3.40 with Bet365 again. We had tipped the Sri Lankans last time out and had come agonizingly close to making a good profit so clearly there is some value in that figure.
One concern for England has to be Joe Root whose miserable form has been carried over from the test series but it’s unlikely that the top order will be so poor on Friday. Root, Jason Roy and Alex Hales scored just 9 runs between them and that tally will surely improve to allow the likes of Buttler, Woakes and Eoin Morgan to build a bigger platform.
We’re also unsure as to the fitness of Mathews who missed a large part of England’s innings. It’s not thought that his injury is serious but he is such a key player to Sri Lanka’s success. Overall, all the pointers are suggesting that England will take this.
Top Batsman Betting Picks
Mathews is an obvious favourite at 3.40 to top score for the Sri Lankans at Edgbaston and the skipper can currently be picked up at 4.00 with 888Sport. If we were certain that he was 100%, we would back him without question but let’s look at other alternatives for the moment.
Dinesh Chandimal was looking solid at Trent Bridge before a poor shot against the innocuous off spin of Moeen Ali brought about his downfall. The keeper / batsman is capable of showing greater discipline and could be a good option here at 5.00 with 888Sport.
I won’t be looking beyond those two men but the all rounder Dashun Shanaka looked dangerous before a poor bit of running and may be worth a small punt at an excellent 17.00 with Bet365.
Betting Pick: England’s market is led by Root at 3.25 with Bet365 and most will consider that to be too short after a poor run of form. Alex Hales is next at 3.75 with Bet365 while Jos Buttler at 6.50 with 888Sport continues to be a top value pick.
I’ve kept faith with Joe Root for most of the summer and he will rarely be out of touch for this length of time so he has one last chance.
Other Bet Tips
By the standards of modern day ODI cricket, Tuesday’s game in Nottingham was relatively low scoring but we still saw two individual scores in the 90’s. The Edgbaston ground should be more favourable to the batters throughout and for that reason I’m backing any player from either side to score a century at 2.00 with Bet365.
As a final add, England’s depth of batting makes them a better option to hit the most sixes at 1.71 with Bet365. The home side actually lost this bet by some margin last time out – Sri Lanka hit seven sixes to England’s two – but I’m expecting a more powerful display from the home batsmen.
And, that batting depth has me backing England this time. We’ve seen how dangerous Sri Lanka can be and I’m certain that this series will continue to be close but this Edgbaston wicket will suit England’s batters and bowlers far more than the tourists.
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