With the World Cup looming the Proteas take on Sri Lanka in a warm up match at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Friday, we are betting on the game and in this preview we also take the opportunity to look at selected World Cup outright markets.
The World Cup gets underway on 30th May when the Proteas clash with England at The Oval and this game plus Sunday’s warm up against Windies offer the chance for the South African squad to fine tune their preparations.
We have a whole host of CWC outright betting markets available and in terms of the tournament winner hosts England are trading as favourites at 2/1, the Proteas can currently be backed at 9/1 and Sri Lanka are all of 80/1.
The Proteas are priced at 7/2 to reach the final and 12/10 to reach the semi finals. Quinton de Kock is 5/2 favourite to be the top South African run scorer in the tournament. Other outright markets include total tournament runs, centuries and if you fancy we will see a single innings reach 500+ runs then 9/1 is the current quote.
Cardiff is one of the venues to be used in the CWC and South Africa will return here for Match 21 against Afghanistan. Sri Lanka is an interesting choice of opponent for this warm up as the teams met in a 5 match series in South Africa as recently as March. South Africa dominated that series with a 5-0 clean sweep. This is the squad the Proteas have pinned their hopes on in the CWC.
Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris.
Sri Lanka have already had some practice this month although their 2 match series against Scotland was hampered by bad weather with the first match washed out. In the second contest Sri Lanka posted 322/8 in 50 overs, the game was subsequently reduced to 34 overs and Scotland came up 35 runs short in the chase.
Warm Up Match Betting, – Click here for all markets
Sri Lanka 2/1
South Africa 4/10
Note prices quoted are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.
These warm up matches are all about batsmen spending some time in the middle and bowlers’ finding some rhythm before the real business begins but as excitement builds we will see suggest a betting interest in the CWC outright markets.
Big runs are expected on batsmen friendly wickets and that 9/1 about any team scoring 500+ runs in a single innings during the World Cup could be worth a speculative play.
Bets: CWC Outrights, Any Team To Score 500+ In A Single Innings? (yes) at 9/1