After a disappointing end to their tour of England, India may well be happy to get back to ODI cricket as they enter the Asia Cup. With Virat Kohli rested, Rohit Sharma leads the side and after taking on Hong Kong on Tuesday, India will face old rivals Pakistan the very next day. That means it is time to take a look at the India v Pakistan Asia Cup odds.
It’s likely that both of these sides will progress to the next phase of the competition. However, there will certainly be no room for complacency between these old rivals. What do the bookies make of Wednesday’s game in Dubai?
What are the India v Pakistan Asia Cup odds?
India started the Asia Cup as favourites to win the competition. It’s no surprise to see them lead the market for Wednesday’s game. Rohit Sharma’s men start at odds of 1.60 with Betway, while Pakistan are available at 2.30 with Betrally.
Pakistan will be unconcerned about the bookmakers’ assessment. They have upset this market on many occasions, most recently in the ICC Champions Trophy final of 2017. India have greater depth in their squad. Because of that, we’re backing them for the win, but this could be tight. There are a number of key players who need to improve after that England tour.
Match Odds Summary: India 1.60 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Pakistan 2.30 (Betrally).
Who are the key players for India v Pakistan?
Among the Indian batsmen under pressure in this game is Shikhar Dhawan. He wasn’t at his best during any stage of the England tour. Dhawan has been named Vice Captain for this tournament, so he will surely start the games against Hong Kong and Pakistan. But he will need a score to ensure he remains in the side for the Super Fours.
KL Rahul finished that tour strongly, and along with Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, he will need to get the side off to a fast start. MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya can score quickly in the late overs, so there is plenty of depth to India’s batting.
Jasprit Bumrah will lead the bowling attack. Indian fans will also hope that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fit and back to his best for the Asia Cup. As always, India look strong in the spin department with Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel all named in the squad.
Pakistan were barely tested against a weak Hong Kong side. But Fakhar Zaman, who scored that century against India in the ICC Champions Trophy final, will be a key batter along with Imam-ul-haq and the experienced Shoaib Malik.
Pakistan have a varied bowling attack. While Mohammad Amir went wicketless against Hong Kong, the left arm seamer could be their key man in the clash against India.
What are the available betting markets for India v Pakistan?
The markets won’t start to get busy until the India v Hong Kong game comes to its conclusion. Prior to that match, there isn’t too much available outside of the result betting for India v Pakistan Asia Cup odds. Betway have a market for the coin toss. Not surprisingly for an event that is a 50/50 call, both teams have the same odds of 1.90.
Alternatively, there is the Coin Toss and Win the Match market. Betway has India at 2.87 and Pakistan at 3.80. The first part of that bet is 50/50 again. But with a lack of alternatives, 2.87 for India doesn’t look to be a bad price for those who want an early bet.
Coin Toss and Win Match Odds Summary: India 2.87 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Pakistan 3.80.
Coming back to the result and India should quickly forget their troubles in England find their best form against Pakistan. Their opponents are dangerous as we all know. However, India’s depth of batting and their spin options should be enough to see them claim the win.