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BettingPro's 2019 Cricket World Cup Best Bets

Sri Lanka vs India - Saturday, July 6 - 10:30 BST

Sri Lanka come into this one following an incredibly odd tournament in which they have scratched the depths of ignominy whilst also enjoying the heights of some superb wins. A hammering at the hands of New Zealand straight off the bat saw them licking their wounds following a 10 wicket loss to a side that have since really struggled to bat since then. Two no results against Pakistan and Bangladesh saw the side lose touch with those above them but a supreme bowling performance against England saw the side resurrect their hopes of making it out of the group. As per their inconsistent form though they then fell to a massive nine wicket loss to South Africa following that win. A very strong batting performance saw the side put on 338, their best score of the competition, as they beat West Indies to move onto eight points. Victory in their final game could see them finish as high as fifth, with their awful start making way for a much better end to the campaign. India meanwhile come into this one with six wins from eight with the side looking to clinch top spot in the group if results go their way. A loss to England on Sunday was their first defeat of the campaign as they were guilty of not accelerating with the bat at the right time, but victory in their next match over Bangladesh was a comfortable one as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul starred, but they will need to be better in their semi-final if they are to beat either England or New Zealand. 

Bumrah To Take 3 Or More Wickets 

Jasprit Bumrah has continued to prove that he is a supremely talented bowler with his pace and variations proving incredibly tough for opposition batsmen to pick up on. 14 wickets in seven matches see Bumrah at the top of the bowling rankings for India, and he was at his brutal best in taking four wickets against Bangladesh as he tore through the Tigers’ lower-order with ease. Where Bumrah has been most impressive though is his bowling at the death. The quick has continued to showcase his incredible variations with slower balls and yorkers meaning that so few runs are scored with wickets also tumbling in the final over. We feel that Sri Lanka will struggle to deal with India and Bumrah in particular, and we are backing him to take three or more wickets in this one. 

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli over 200 runs combined 

The incredible exploits of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli at the 2019 Cricket World Cup has been something to behold with the pair almost putting on 1000 runs between them this summer. Sharma leads the way for India and in the tournament with 544 runs in seven innings at an average of 90.67 with Kohli in second for the side with 408 runs at 58.29 per match. Sharma notched his second successive century on Tuesday as he backed up his hundred against England with another against Bangladesh, with this bringing his tally of triple figure scores to four in seven innings. While Kohli has been poor at converting his scores of fifty or more into hundreds, with five fifties in seven matches and no centuries, he too has looked superb with the bat, scoring runs at a very impressive rate. KL Rahul may be something of a weak point in that India top three, but he proved his class against Bangladesh as he knocked a watchful 77 from 92 which provided the perfect foil for Sharma to play his shots. William Hill are currently going 2/1 on the trio notching over 200 runs between them and we feel this is a good bet to back. The averages of the three currently stand at 90.67 for Shrama, 58.29 for Kohli and 41.50 for Rahul which comes out at a combined 190.46, but we feel that with serial-century scorer Sharma in unbelievable form and Kohli desperate to turn at least one score into a hundred, there is definitely scope for the three to knock over 200 runs between them, something they easily did last time out as they scored 207 at a canter against Bangladesh. 

Sri Lanka vs India Match Winner Betting Odds

Sri Lanka to win: 5/1 @ Coral 

India to win: 1/8 @ Coral 

Sri Lanka vs India Last 3 ODI Results 

17/12/2017 - India (219/2) beat Sri Lanka (215) by 8 wickets 

13/12/2017 - India (392/4) beat Sri Lanka (251/8) by 141 runs 

10/12/2017 - Sri Lanka (114/3) beat India (112) by 7 wickets 

Sri Lanka vs India

2019 World Cup Top Bowler Betting Tips

BettingPro's 2019 pre-World Cup starting XI

Rohit Sharma (India)

David Warner (Australia)

Virat Kohli (India)

Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

Joe Root (England)

Jos Buttler (England)

Andre Russell (West Indies)

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

Jasprit Bumrah (India)

Imran Tahir (South Africa)

12th man  

Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Just missed out

Usman Khawaja (Australia) - opener

Faf du Plessis (South Africa) - middle-order

Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) - all-rounder

Trent Boult (New Zealand) - bowler 

The Openers

David Warner & Rohit Sharma 

What an opening pair these two are, with their ability to score runs almost unrivalled. David Warner may be something of a surprise pick for many after he missed out on a huge amount of cricket this and last year for his part in the ball tampering scandal while with Australia, but he warrants his place. The Indian Premier League offered him the perfect chance to get back to cricket and run scoring immediately, and how he took that chance. The 20 over competition brought out the best in his ability as he smashed an awesome 692 runs in 12 innings at an average of 69.20 with a huge eight 50’s and one century seeing Warner depart as the best batsman in the IPL this year. Like Warner, Sharma just scores runs, with his ability just get in in any conditions incredibly important to India, and our team. 200 ODI innings have resulted in an astounding 41 50’s and 22 100’s, with Sharma scoring at least a fifty in almost a third of his ODI’s with India. With the recent form of Usman Khawaja in mind, both Sharma and Warner were choices we laboured over for some time, but the differing style of the pair make Sharma the perfect foil for the attacking style of the Australian, with the Indian happy to come in and score runs, regardless of how quickly that needs to be. 

The Captain 

Virat Kohli

Who better to have as captain than the world’s best cricketer. Virat Kohli proves again and again that he is not a man that can be given an inch when at the crease, with his temperament and skill so often on a different level to those around him. Incredibly, across all formats of the game with India he does not have an average of less than 50, while his average in ODI cricket is a supreme 59.58, while his 49 50’s an 41 100’s in 219 innings is an otherworldly figure. As far as the captaincy goes, we did seriously consider the likes of Joe Root and 12th man Kane Williamson for the role, but Kohli, who has won 49 of the 68 matches he has played as captain, is our choice as he leads both with the bat and when in the field, with his incredible appetite for the game and winning mentality something that is infectious, spreading belief amongst his team, and fear in the opposition. 

The Middle-Order

Joe Root, Ross Taylor and Jos Buttler 

What a superb depth of run scoring and play-styles there is in this middle-order. Joe Root is a man that is just growing and growing as a limited overs player with each passing game, with his own run scoring ability something England are far weaker without. Once a player some cited as not explosive or expansive enough to play in 50 over cricket, Root is continuing to add shots to his game that take him from a very traditional cricketer to a player comfortable driving through cover and also playing an audacious ramp shot that helps him to hit the boundary rope to relieve pressure. A man that many will be surprised to see miss out is New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, with the batsman supreme when in the middle. An average of 45.91 in 133 innings has resulted in a total score of 5555 runs for his county in ODI matches, while 37 50’s and 11 100’s shows he just scores runs. However, it become a case of trying to work Root, Ross Taylor, Jos Buttler, Kane Williamson and MS Dhoni into this middle-order, and we felt the latter pair were necessary casualties, although this is something that may wake us in a cold sweat. Coming in after Root is arguably the most in-form batsman in the world right now in Ross Taylor. The New Zealand star just scores runs, with his exploits in recent months out of this world. An average of 48.35 in ODI cricket comes along with 20 centuries and 47 half-centuries. Taylor is clearly a batman of outstanding consistency, and he gives our midd-order yet another player that can score runs quickly or knuckle down and stand up to the storm. 

Next in the batting comes the raw power of the side in Jos Buttler, who we felt gives enough to edge out MS Dhoni, although this is another decision we took a long time to put on paper. Buttler is a man that continues to improve with the bat as he is able to so easily find the rope. Whether this comes from hitting on the on or off-side, when Buttler is on form, he is a player that cannot be stopped. 105 innings has resulted in 3387 runs at an average of over 40 that is very impressive for a player that is renowned for going big, with this ofter a style that is all or nothing. Since his Test recall to England, Buttler has added another side to his game as he can dig in and win matches for his side, and this makes him one of, if not the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket. 

The All-Rounders 

Andre Russell & Rashid Khan 

Andre Russell has exploded into life in recent weeks, with the all-rounder proving himself to be one of the most explosive batsman in world cricket. A ridiculous 510 runs at an average of 56.66 would be incredible for a specialist batsman, while it is made even more ridiculous when considering he comes in lower down the Kolkata Knight Riders’ order in the IPL. With the ball he is able to provide some pace, which has proved enough for 11 scalps in this year’s IPL. Incredibly, Russell has smashed 56 6’s in ODI’s, and only 91 4’s, with his boundary hitting often maximums. In the IPL he has proved this to be the case and more, smashing 52 6’s and just 31 4’s, with other tops batsman more inclined to hit 4’s than they are 6’s. 

Rashid Khan is someone that some may be unfamiliar with, but the 20-year-old is quickly making a big name for himself in the modern game. His right-arm leg breaks have become supremely important for Afghanistan and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, with Khan taking 15 wickets in 14 games and boasting an impressive economy rate of 6.56 this year. For Afghanistan, Khan has managed to snare 123 wickets in 57 matches with a superb economy rate of just 3.91. With the bat he may not be quite as explosive or reliable as some other all-rounders (23.70 average), but his ability to lock down one end and stop the opposition from scoring, thus applying huge pressure and forcing the wickets to tumble, make him a huge asset in any team.  

The Bowlers 

Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah & Imran Tahir 

Three of the world’s best ODI bowlers provide this team with some real firepower with ball in hand. Kagiso Rabada is our front-line bowler after continuing to prove that he is one of the world’s best bowlers. 25 wickets in the IPL for Delhi Capitals this year have come in 12 games and it puts him at the top of the wicket taking table at the time of writing and, barring an extension to the injury that will keep him out of the rest of the IPL season, he will be hugely important to South Africa’s hopes of winning the World Cup this year. In 66 matches for South Africa in ODI’s, Rabada has taken 106 wickets along with seven 4-wicket hauls, with his economy rate of 4.98 very impressive for a quick, and we think he will only get better with age. The world’s number one ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah is a must in this team as he continues to go from strength-to-strength with the white ball. The Indian pace-bowler has established himself as one of the premier bowlers across the formats of the game with his form in the IPL with Mumbai Indians seeing him snare 17 wickets at an average of 23.23 in yet another impressive spell. The 25-year-old pace bowler is lauded for his ability to fire in perfectly bowled yorkers which makes him vital at the death, with his precise bowling piling the pressure on the batsman and forcing them into a mistake. Bowling next to Rabada, Bumrah would be able to almost completely lock down an end and keep the scores low as the wickets tumble. Finally is a man that just does not seem to age. South Africa’s Imran Tahir is a player that just takes wickets and celebrates like he isn’t a day over 20, running across the pitch with arms outstretched. The right-arm leg spinner has shone as he has gotten older, notching a massive 23 wickets for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League this season as he continues to build upon his already impressive reputation. This World Cup will likely be his last chance to win a trophy with South Africa, and we would not be surprised to see him add to his 162 wickets in 98 ODI’s with spells of spin that leave the opposition wondering what happened. 

12th man - Kane Williamson 

The team itself is as well-balanced as we could make it whilst cramming it full of the talent we felt simply could not miss out. Kane Williamson and MS. Dhoni will likely be the two players that divide opinion most in this one, but we think Root and Buttler deserve their places along with the fact they have home advantage on their side. Of course, we would have liked to have had another bowler in the starting XI, with perhaps an all-rounder like Ben Stokes someone that could fit in well. However, we feel we have a superb opening partnership that scores runs, the world’s best player as captain, a superbly diverse and gifted middle-order that complements itself, two very strong all-rounders that are in great form and three of the world’s best bowlers to round off an incredibly strong starting XI. 

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2019 Cricket World Cup Winner Odds

2019's edition of the Cricket World Cup will bring all of the best nations to England and Wales for a tournament that will ultimately see one side crowned the champion. As things stand, England are the favourites considering their team and the fact they are playing on their own turd however, as always, Australia are not far behind. Who are you backing to lift the trophy on July 14th 2019?

Who Are The Best Bookmakers For Betting On The 2019 Cricket World Cup?

The 2019 Cricket World Cup is a huge competition in the calendar of any cricket fan. With every single one of the top 10 best nations in the world put into one group to battle for a top four spot before moving onto a semi-final and a final, there is no shortage of excitement over the course of a month and a half. With so many chances to get in on the action due to the array of bookmakers and markets, you can be left asking who offers the best odds and services for the World Cup?

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What Is The Cricket World Cup?

The Cricket World Cup is a festival of cricket that sees all of the top cricketing nations come together to battle for supremacy.

The tournament is played in the ODI (One Day International) format for practical reasons. An ODI is a format in which each team is given 50 overs (300 balls) to bat, and 50 overs to bowl. This means the match is completed in a single day, which is a far more exciting format for the fans, who see explosive cricket in one day rather than spread out across five days, such as in a Test Match. 

The Cricket World Cup is arguably to most popular cricket tournament for betting turnover as it is viewed as a an open contest, with any of the sides capable of winning. However, this has not stopped Australia from winning the four of the last five editions of the competition. 

The next World Cup will take place in 2019 with England and Wales hosting the tournament. Last time, Australia were able to beat New Zealand in the final in an event the pair co-hosted. This time around, they will find it tough to defend their crown as England are superb at exploiting the conditions on their own turf, while the likes of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa all have a very good chance of lifting the trophy, meaning any punter should have a long-hard think about who they will back in the Winner market. 

2019 Cricket World Cup schedule

2019 Cricket World Cup fixtures

May 30, 2019England vs South Africa, The Oval 
(Opening game of the competition)
May 31 - July 6 2019Group Stage 
July 9 2019First Semi-Final (1st vs 4th), Old Trafford 
July 11 2019Second Semi-Final (2nd vs 3rd), Edgbaston
July 14 2019Final, Lord's

2019 Cricket World Cup Outright Betting Tips

Cricket World Cup Winner

Here, you simply bet on the side you think will win the World Cup, it is as simple as that. Teams such as England, Australia and India make up the usual suspects, and they are at the head of the betting, with England the current favourites. However, this does not mean it is impossible to make a good profit by backing one of them as the bookies don't tend to shorten their odds too much before the tournament has even begun. This means that you can turn a profit if you back the successful team, while you can bide your time and place a bet once the action has begun as this market is usual open until the final. Of course, you risk having to take worse odds if you are backing an England side that have won all three of their opening three games. 

Name The Finalists 

This market gives you the chance to back two different sides that you just cannot choose between to instead both reach the final. You can get the chance to make some good profit in this market but only if both sides make it to the final. This of course means there is a lot more risk as the Cricket World Cup is incredibly competition. You can wait to see how the teams are doing in the competition before placing a bet, but the odds will likely shorten quickly. You will also need to map out potential routes to the final which can be very difficult as all the teams are in one group. You may want to do some research before backing England to play India in the final if the two look likely to meet in the semi-final instead. 

Top Batsman 

In this market you simply back the batsman you think will top score across the tournament. You may think Chris Gayle will score the most runs, however, you should remember that if the West Indies are unable to make it out of a very competitive group, then Gayle may play two less games than a rival. For example then, Gayle may have scored 650 runs in the group in comparison to Jos Buttler's 500. However, if England make it to the final and he scores 95 and 105 in the semi-final and final, he will end the tournament on 700 runs, seeing your bet return nothing. 

Top Bowler 

Much like the Top Batsman market, here you can back the bowler that you think will finish at the top of the standings. Perhaps Stuart Broad is the man you think can exploit the conditions best for England, or maybe Sunil Narine will get everyone in a spin across the tournament. This is another market you can bet on pre-tournament or during, which means you can hold-off on making any bets until you have seen how is making the ball talk. 

2019 Cricket World Cup Match Betting Tips

Betting on the Cricket World Cup and Cricket in general has never been easier with the mass array of market that are available to potentially make a profit on. 

Bettingpro offers Cricket betting tips for all manner of games from Twenty20 matches, to Test Matches and, of course, the World Cup, and the following markets are prominent in our previews:


This is the simplest market of them all. Here, you simply back which of the two teams will win, or if the game will end in a draw. This is the standard market in which every game will feature. However, it goes without saying that sometimes it does not offer good value. If you are backing an England team that has won six games out of six and are the favourites to win the competition against a Bangladesh side that have lost all of their games so far, then backing England will not offer particularly appealing odds. 

Highest First 15 Overs

This market is one that can often be very difficult to call due to the nature of the game. The first 15 overs consists of 90 balls, and this market lets you bet on which team will score the most runs in that time. However, backing South Africa to out-score Pakistan in the first 15 overs may be a good idea on paper, but if the Proteas lose three wickets inside the first five overs, they will then have to look and consolidating their position and re-building, which could see just 50 runs scored in that time.

Top Team Batsman

Here you will back which batsman from a certain team will top score, it is as simple as that. If New Zealand are playing India, but you are not sure whether New Zealand's Kane Williamson will outscore India's Virat Kohli, you can instead back Williamson to top score for New Zealand. This market may see the odds of your pick shorten, but it means he only has to outscore 10 other teammates, rather than 21 other players.

Top Batsman

So backing Buttler to top score for England in the game isn't quite offering good enough odds for you? Well, you can invariably see those odds stretch by backing him to be the top scorer on either side. This market brings added risk as if Buttler top scores with 20 as England collapse to 95 all out, then you could see the opposition's openers easily cruise past his score to the win.

Highest Opening Partnership

Here, you will back the opening batsman that you think will score the most runs for either side. You may feel that Pakistan's openers have the edge over Sri Lanka's and you would therefore back their openers to outscore their counterparts. 

First Wicket Method 

This is a market in which you need some real knowledge, and a lot of luck! The available options for how the first wickets will fall are caught, bowled, LBW (Leg Before Wicket), run out, stumped and others. With so many options you are best to do some research on the bowlers for the side you are backing. For example, you may feel that Stuart Broad will get a lot of joy when it comes to swinging the ball away from the batsman, therefore, backing the first wicket to fall as 'caught' would make sense. Although, sometimes batsmen can have moments of utter madness, with a lack of communication seeing them run out, which means all of your careful research was for nought. That's where the element of luck comes in. 

Total 6's

This is a market I would say is best utilised in the  limited overs format of cricket. You simply bet on how may 6's will be scored in the game. You will usually be given an option such as 'under 7.5' or 'over 7.5' so, simply put, you bet on whether you think there will be more or less that 7.5 6's.

Cricket World Cup History

Due to the array of formats in the game, it is difficult to say which is the most coveted. More tradition English and Australian players may claim an Ashes victory is the most coveted prize, while a win between India and Pakistan, in a game that is always hotly contested, may rank highest for players from the two nations. 

In Twenty20 cricket, perhaps winning the World Cup or IPL trophy is the biggest achievement, while the World Cup in the 50 over format may be the main trophy players want to win. 

Regardless of this, there is a rich history in the 50 over format of the World Cup. 

Cricket World Cup Records 

Most Cricket World Cup Titles: Australia - 5

Most Consecutive Cricket World Cup Titles: Australia - 3

Most Cricket World Cup Final Defeats: England - 3

Most Consecutive Wins At The Cricket World Cup: Australia - 27 (20 June 1999 - 19 March 2011)

Most Cricket World Cup runs scored: Sachin Tendulkar (India) - 2278 (1992-2011)

Highest Average In Cricket World Cup:  AB de Villiers (South Africa) - 63.52 (2007-2015)

Highest Score At A Cricket World Cup: Martin Guptill (New Zealand) - 237* (2015)

Most Runs In A Single Cricket World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar (India) - 673 (2003)

Most Centuries At The Cricket World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar (India) - 6 (1992-2011)

Most Wickets At The Cricket World Cup: Glenn McGrath (Australia) - 71 (1996-2007)

Best Bowling Figures At A Cricket World Cup:  Glenn McGrath (Australia) - 7/15 vs Namibia (2003)

Most Wickets In A Single Cricket World Cup: Glenn McGrath (Australia) - 26 (2007) 

Cricket World Cup Finals

Year Host(s)WinnerWinning Margin Runners-Up
1975EnglandWest Indies 
291/8 (60 overs)
17 Runs Australia
274 (58.4 overs)
1979EnglandWest Indies
286/9 (60 overs)
92 Runs England 
194 (51 overs)
183 (54.4 overs)
43 Runs West Indies 
140 (52 overs)
1987India & Pakistan Australia 
253/5 (50 overs)
7 Runs England 
246/8 (50 overs)
1992Australia & New ZealandPakistan 
249/6 (50 overs)
22 runs England
227 (49.2 overs)
1996Pakistan, India & Sri LankaSri Lanka 
245/3 (46.2 overs)
7 wickets Australia
241/7 (50 overs)
1999England & WalesAustralia
133/2 (20.1 overs)
8 wickets 
132 (39 overs)
2003South Africa Australia
359/2 (50 overs)
125 Runs India 
234 (39.2 overs)
2007West Indies Australia 
281/4 (38 overs)
53 Runs Sri Lanka 
215/8 (36 overs)
2011India, Sri Lanka & BangladeshIndia 
277/4 (48.2 overs)
6 Wickets Sri Lanka 
274/6 (50 overs)
2015Australia & New ZealandAustralia
186/3 (33.1 overs)
7 Wickets New Zealand 
183 (45 overs) 
2019England & Wales 

ICC ODI Cricket Rankings

3New Zealand112
4South Africa110
8Sri Lanka 80
9West Indies 69

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