|Australia||$1.36 at Bet365|
|Pakistan||$3.20 at Bet365|
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup continues on Wednesday with a big bout between Australia and Pakistan in Somerset.
The Aussies fell 36 runs short on Sunday night against India, who posted 5/352 on the back of an excellent century from Shikhar Dhawan.
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Australia responded with a series of promising starts from their top order stars, yet the impressive Alex Carey was left holding the bag as Australia scrambled to 316 all out.
The Indian bats took a particular liking to the leg spin of Adam Zampa, which might bring Nathan Lyon into the equation for the clash with Pakistan.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and his charges head to Taunton with one win, one loss and a one-pointer after their game against Sri Lanka was washed out last Friday.
While Pakistani fans may see that as a point lost rather than a point gained, recent form suggests a win in Bristol was far from guaranteed.
For while they were excellent value in their shock win over England, the men in green were utterly atrocious in their opening defeat to the West Indies.
Who knows which Pakistan will turn up in Taunton?
Australia vs Pakistan top runscorer betting
With a few exceptions, so far the bulk of the runs at Cricket World Cup 2019 have come from patient, well-compiled innings rather than brute slogging. Smith’s ability to nudge the ball into gaps all over the ground makes him the perfect man to anchor the Aussie batting. See more Steve Smith odds here.
Babar Azam – $3.75 at Bet365
Babar’s knock against England is a great example of how top-order players should go about building an innings in ODI cricket, especially when batting first. The Australian bowlers will test him out with some short stuff, but the form line says he has the game to cope with it.
Australia vs Pakistan top wicket-taker odds
Mitchell Starc might be the man for a big haul, but Cummins has been the best-performing Australian quick for some time now. The New South Welshman rarely concedes big runs, which means he is always a chance for outright top bowler if he snags two or three wickets. See more Pat Cummins odds here.
Shadab Khan – $4.50 at Sportsbet
Shadab is a gifted wrist-spinner who can turn it a mile in all directions. He opened the bowling against England and grabbed the big wickets of Jason Roy and Joe Root, so we can expect him to feature prominently against an Aussie side that has a few issues with spin.
Australia vs Pakistan CWC 2019 betting tips
Do not bet on any game involving Pakistan – that’s the honest tip. But if you must have a dip on this one, keep it simple and back the Aussies to cover the line. They are better in every department and will be stinging from the loss to India.
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