Australia v Pakistan 2nd Test: Odds and Betting Preview
There were few shocks in the opening game of this two-match Australia v Pakistan series as the hosts got their World Test Championship campaign back on track. Having dominated with the bat, Australia claimed a comfortable innings victory. Although Pakistan’s own batsmen battled, it just wasn’t enough.
The teams now move to Adelaide for a Day/Night game, starting on Friday, and the sportsbooks are backing a second victory for Tim Paine and his men.
What are the cricket odds for Australia v Pakistan?
Australia cement their position as betting favourites for this second and final test and you can claim the home side at odds of 1.20 with Bet365. The same bookmaker offers 10.00 on a win for Pakistan while the draw can be picked up at 9.00.
There is a little rain forecast for the first three days of this match. But as we often see, those predictions rarely interfere with play for any length of time. We’ll therefore dispense with the draw. And based on the respective displays in the first test, it’s impossible to see past Australia.
Day/Night games can produce a more level playing field. However, without Mohammad Amir, Pakistan lack an effective swing bowler who can take advantage of the conditions. It should be closer in Adelaide but Australia are the most logical Satta.
Match Odds Summary: Australia 1.20 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Pakistan 10.00, The Draw 9.00.
What are the top batsman odds for Australia v Pakistan?
Steve Smith produced a rare failure in the first game of this series but it mattered little as the top order piled on the runs. David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne completed centuries while Joe Burns made 97 as the Aussies compiled 580 on first innings.
Despite all that, Smith remains as the favourite in Australia’s top batsman market for Adelaide. You can pick up the former skipper at 2.87 with Betway. David Warner follows at 4.33 while Marnus Labuschagne looks to offer some value at 5.00.
Joe Burns’ efforts in the first game make him a genuine contender at 6.00 while other options for Australia include Travis Head at 11.00 and Matthew Wade also at 11.00.
For Pakistan, Babar Azam scored a century in the second innings. Asad Shafiq, however, delivered the profit for the first innings highest score. After making 76 in Brisbane, Shafiq is now quoted at 6.00 while Azam starts as favourite at 3.75.
In between those two prices, Azhar Ali can be claimed at 4.50. Other likely Sattas for Pakistan include Imam-ul-Haq at 6.00, Shan Masood at 6.50 and Haris Sohail at 6.50.
There are some good options on both sides in this game. Many will be expecting Steve Smith to respond with a big score but we’re staying with David Warner.
We opted for Warner in Brisbane and it was difficult to watch as Marnus Labuschagne edged past his effort of 154. But the left hander has been in solid form since a poor Ashes series so we’ll repeat that tip.
Top Batsman Odds Summary
Australia: Smith 2.87, Warner 4.33 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Labuschagne 5.00, Burns 6.00, Head 11.00, Wade 11.00
Pakistan: Azam 3.75, Azhar Ali 4.50, Shafiq 6.00, Imam-ul-Haq 6.00, Masood 6.50, Sohail 6.50
What are the top bowler odds for Australia v Pakistan?
We’ll round off this preview by taking a Satta in Australia’s top bowler market. As with any day/night test, we’re never sure what to expect from the conditions. But if anyone can exploit swing with the pink ball then it’s Mitchell Starc.
The left armer was in top form in the first game. If he can maintain that in Adelaide, the format of this second test will work in his favour. Pat Cummins starts as favourite to return best Aussie figures on first innings at 3.25 with Betway. Starc offers decent value at 3.50.
Top Australian Bowler Odds Summary: Cummings 3.25, Starc 3.50 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Hazlewood 3.75, Pattinson 5.50, Lyon 6.50