New Zealand v Sri Lanka: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on May 28, 2019

New Zealand and Sri Lanka kick off a packed weekend of cricket in the earlier of two Saturday games. But who do our World Cup tips for New Zealand v Sri Lanka favour?

The match gets underway at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, with both teams anxious to get some early points on the board.

The Kiwis were beaten finalists in 2015 and are fancied to go deep into the tournament once again. Meanwhile, it’s not been the best of periods for Sri Lankan cricket. The sportsbooks are pointing heavily towards one particular outcome, but let’s see if we can find any value in the result betting or side markets for this one.

What are the World Cup tips for New Zealand v Sri Lanka?

The result markets are very clear for this tie with New Zealand way out in front at cricket betting odds of 1.33. Sri Lanka come in at 3.40 with Bet365. But can they offer any hope of a high return?

We’ve actually tipped the Sri Lankans to finish bottom of the table this year. We therefore have to be consistent with that selection. They are struggling in all forms of the game and have yet to adequately replace the big-name players such as Dilshan, Sangakkara and Muralitharan.

New Zealand are not be as effective as they were in home conditions four years ago. However, they have a good balanced batting unit and a seam attack that should prove useful if the conditions are in their favour. In other words, the Kiwis have enough to take the points.

Match Odds Summary: New Zealand 1.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Sri Lanka 3.40 (Bet365).

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

New Zealand’s skipper Kane Williamson ran into form at the end of the IPL and he is favourite to score most runs for his side at 3.75. Martin Guptill was the leading run scorer at the last World Cup and he follows at 4.00 with Betway.

Elsewhere, New Zealand’s highest ranked player in ODI cricket is Ross Taylor. Taylor subsequently attracts interest at 5.00, while Henry Nicholls is also at 5.00. Other options for the Kiwis include Colin Munro and Tom Latham at the same odds of 6.00. Also, Jimmy Neesham has excellent outside value at 10.00.

Moving over to Sri Lanka’s version of the top batsman market and we find three joint favourites for Saturday’s game. Dimuth Karunaratne is available at 5.00. Likewise, Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis are available at 5.00.

The World Cup odds market remains tight with Avishka Fernando at 6.00, and outside options including Kusal Perera at 7.00 and Thisara Perera at 9.50.

Sri Lanka’s tight market suggests they are going to be tough to predict as this tournament develops. Therefore, we’re sticking with New Zealand for now. Kane Williamson makes a good case, but our pick is the second favourite Martin Guptill.

Guptill enjoyed an explosive World Cup in 2015 and he tends to start tournaments positively. So he’s our World Cup 2019 Satta for Saturday.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: New Zealand: Williamson 3.75, Guptill 4.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Taylor 5.00, Nicholls 5.00, Munro 6.00, Latham 6.00, Neesham 10.00.

Sri Lanka: Karunaratne 5.00, Mathews 5.00, Kusal Mendis 5.00, Fernando 6.00, Kusal Perera 7.00, Thisara Perera 9.50.

What are match hundred scored World Cup tips for New Zealand v Sri Lanka?

We’re used to seeing the individual century market drop towards the 1.50 figure. We thus believe we’ve found some value for this match, with odds of 1.90 for any player on either side to bring up three figures. That’s a likely pick with which to end this preview.

Cardiff is not be the fastest scoring ground in this competition. Also, we might need New Zealand to bat first for our prediction to come in. However, there is surely enough batting depth in both camps for at least one ton to be recorded on Saturday.

A Hundred to be Scored in the Match Odds Summary: Yes: 1.90 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), No: 1.90 (Bet365).