Afghanistan v Australia: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on May 28, 2019

The reigning World Champions enter the fray on Saturday as Australia begin their defence against outsiders Afghanistan. But what are our World Cup tips For Afghanistan v Australia?

It’s been a turbulent 12 months for the Aussies. With David Warner and Steve Smith back, though, they are hitting form at just the right time.

Afghanistan won their first World Cup warm-up match against Pakistan and are primed to deliver some surprise results in this tournament. But will they have enough to upset the mighty Australia?

What are the World Cup tips For Afghanistan v Australia?

The sportsbooks are offering little hope of a shock in this game and you’ll find Australia leading the way at odds of 1.12 with Bet365. That leaves the Afghans at 6.50. And that’s as big a gap as we’re likely to see at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Both teams won their warm-up games so form is good in both camps. Afghanistan’s measured run chase against Pakistan was particularly impressive, while Australia held off tournament favourites England in a narrow finish. The winning margin may not be quite as big as those prices suggest. However, based on overall strength within the two squads, it’s impossible for us to see past the favourites.

Match Odds Summary: Afghanistan 6.50 (Betway), Australia 1.12 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).

What are the top batsman World Cup tips For Afghanistan v Australia?

It isn’t all about the bowling as far as Afghanistan are concerned. That’s because there are some dangerous batsmen in this squad. Hashmatullah Shahidi top scored against Pakistan on Friday. He is subsequently an option to score most runs against Australia at tempting odds of 7.50.

The hard hitting Mohammad Shahzad starts as favourite in this market at 4.50, while Rahmat Shah is just behind at 4.75 with Betway. Hazratullah Zazai also carries a relatively short price of 5.00. Meanwhile, some longer picks include Mohammad Nabi at 7.50. Also, Rashid Khan, who is developing into a genuine all-rounder, can be claimed at 26.00.

Australia’s version of the top batsman market sees David Warner start as favourite at 3.75. Aaron Finch is next at 4.33, while Steve Smith looks generous to us at 4.75.

The Aussies have to choose between Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh for the number three slot. Marsh is quoted at 6.50, while Khawaja is much shorter at 4.50. Other options for Australia include Glenn Maxwell at 6.50, and Marcus Stoinis at 11.00.

David Warner is an obvious favourite here, but for our overall World Cup 2019 Satta, we’re tipping Steve Smith to top score for the Aussies. The former skipper found form towards the end of the IPL and maintained that consistency with a century in that win over England. Smith tends to stay in ‘nick’ once he’s found it and 4.75 is a generous price.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Shahzad 4.50, Shah 4.75, Zazai 5.00, Nabi 7.50, Shahidi 7.50, Khan 26.00.

Australia: Warner 3.75, Finch 4.33, Khawaja 4.50, Smith 4.75 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Maxwell 6.50, Stoinis 11.00.

What are the top bowler World Cup tips For Afghanistan v Australia?

Side markets have been quite slow to come through, so there isn’t a huge choice for this game just yet. However, we think we’ve seen some value in Afghanistan’s top bowler market, where Rashid Khan is a short-priced favourite at 3.00.

When one man dominates a market such as this, we get some excellent cricket betting odds elsewhere, and that’s the case with Mohammad Nabi at 5.50. He looks an innocuous spinner by comparison to Rashid. Nevertheless, we’ve seen that he’s a consistent wicket taker, so Nabi is our pick here.

His efforts may not be enough to stop Australia from opening their account. After all, this would arguably be the biggest shock in World Cup history if Afghanistan were to win. But hopefully, Nabi will add to a profitable afternoon for us.

Afghanistan Top Bowler Odds Summary: Khan 3.00, Ur Rahman 4.50, Hassan 5.50, Nabi 5.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Naib 7.00, Zadran 7.00.