Afghanistan v Sri Lanka: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on June 3, 2019

These two sides are winless following their opening matches of the 2019 World Cup. In both cases, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan were outsiders to beat New Zealand and Australia respectively, but it does make Tuesday’s clash in Cardiff a must win for both sides. So who do our World Cup tips for Afghanistan v Sri Lanka favour?

With no real form in either camp, it could be tough to make a winning prediction. Furthermore, the result betting is tighter than you might think.

What are the World Cup tips for Afghanistan v Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka will go into this game as favourites and you can pick up the 1996 World Champions at odds of 1.80. The figure leaves Afghanistan out at 2.05 with Betway and we think there’s going to be some value in this market.

Both teams had tough opening assignments. However, the way Sri Lanka’s batsmen crumbled to New Zealand’s seamers was alarming. Afghanistan put up a brave fight against Australia and were more impressive with the bat. Nevertheless, their feared spin attack could make little inroads on the Aussie batting.

The toss could be important with a slight preference for the team chasing, but we’re going for Afghanistan here. Ahead of this tournament, we predicted that this side would not finish bottom. For that tip to come through, they need to beat Sri Lanka along the way.

Match Odds Summary: Afghanistan 2.05 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Sri Lanka 1.80.

What are the top batsman World Cup tips for Afghanistan v Sri Lanka?

– Afghanistan Batsman Picks

One big batting performance could decide the destiny of this game. So, if we’re backing Afghanistan, who is going to deliver? Against Australia on Saturday, the unlikely figure of Najibullah Zadran top scored with 51 as both openers made ducks. Zadran can now be backed in his side’s top batsman market at 11.00. That’s tempting considering he is as short at 6.50 elsewhere.

Meanwhile, there are joint favourites here with Mohammad Shahzad available at 4.50, and Rahmat Shah at the same 4.50 with Bet365.

Rashid Khan made quick runs down the order on Saturday, but he’s a big outside pick at 26.00. Other tempting Afghan options at the sportsbooks include Hazratullah Zazai at 5.50, Hashmatullah Shahidi at 7.00, and Mohammad Nabi at 8.00.

– Sri Lanka Batsman Picks

For Sri Lanka, Dimuth Karunaratne fought a lone battle against the New Zealand quicks. The skipper carried his bat for 52 runs and he’s available in his side’s top batsman market at 4.50. We then have joint second favourites with Angelo Mathews at 5.50, together with Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera, who are both quoted at 5.50.

Thisara Perera blazed away briefly and he’s listed at a tempting 10.00. Meanwhile, Avishka Fernando may also come into consideration at 6.50.

We went for the outside World Cup 2019 Satta in the result betting, so we’re going to pick a favourite this time. Mohammad Shahzad started the tournament in the worst possible fashion. But he’s Afghanistan’s best batsman and is the one most likely to score heavily through the tournament.

The burly wicket keeper is key to our result tip landing. Therefore, we’re backing Shahzad to convert a profit on Tuesday.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Rahmat Shah 4.50, Mohammad Shahzad 4.50 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Hazratullah Zazai 5.50, Hashmatullah Shahidi 7.00, Mohammad Nabi 8.00, Najibullah Zadran 11.00, Rashid Khan 26.00.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne 4.50, Angelo Mathews 5.50, Kusal Mendis 5.50, Kusal Perera 5.50, Avishka Fernando 6.50, Thisara Perera 10.00.

What are the total runs in match World Cup tips for Afghanistan v Sri Lanka?

We’ll finish quickly in one of our favourite World Cup cricket odds markets. Admittedly, the prices here have dipped to odds on. Nevertheless, we think that figures of 1.90 offer some decent value. The total runs line is set at 524.5 and, whatever happens in the match, we suspect the sides will go comfortably under that mark.

It’s all about the bowlers really. And, with both batting units struggling in their opening fixtures, we’re backing Under 524.5 to be a safe profit.

Total Runs in Match Odds Summary: Over 524.5: 1.90, Under 524.5: 1.90 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).