Pakistan v Afghanistan: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on June 28, 2019

On Saturday, Pakistan take on Afghanistan in Leeds. Which way are our World Cup tips for Pakistan v Afghanistan leaning ahead of this lopsided contest?

Pakistan’s rise up the group table has carried that strange resemblance to 1992. After a poor start to the tournament, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men are very much on course for a semi final place. From that point on, anything can happen.

Victory over Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday will also take Pakistan into the top four . With England due to play India the following day, they may well stay there and book their place in the knockouts.

As for Afghanistan, they’ve yet to record a win in this tournament. The sportsbooks subsequently offer little hope of them breaking that sequence in Leeds.

What are the World Cup tips for Pakistan v Afghanistan?

The result market is as short as you would expect with Pakistan leading the way at odds of 1.14. Meanwhile, Afghanistan are out to 5.50 with Betway. However, we can offer cricket bettors little hope for anyone looking to take an outside wager.

Key players have struggled in this tournament. None more so than Rashid Khan, though, who is only the sixth leading wicket taker for Afghanistan at this World Cup. Further problems within the squad have just surfaced with the news that impressive seamer Aftab Alam has now been sent home.

Afghanistan cricket is currently in disarray. While we never know quite what to expect from Pakistan, they will surely have enough to take advantage of the situation.

Match Odds Summary: Pakistan: 1.14 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Afghanistan 5.50.

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

– Pakistan Batsman Picks

Babar Azam scored Pakistan’s first century of this tournament against New Zealand. That gave us a nice profit in his side’s top batsman market. You may well want to back him again. Azam remains favourite for Saturday’s match at the same odds of 4.00 with Bet365.

Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman are joint second favourites at 4.33. Meanwhile, Mohammed Hafeez is quoted at 6.50. Elsewhere, Haris Sohail has found some power hitting form and he can be picked up at 6.50. Other options for Pakistan include Shoaib Malik at 9.00, and Sarfaraz Ahmed at 10.00.

– Afghanistan Batsman Picks

Afghanistan’s version of the top batsman market has been volatile. It’s not one that you can enter with any great confidence, either. Against Pakistan on Saturday, we have joint favourites. Rahmat Shah starts at 4.50, while Hazratullah Zazai can also be claimed at 4.50.

Following on, skipper Gulbadin Naib is quoted at 4.75, while Hashmatullah Shahidi is at 5.00. Rashid Khan has already delivered once in this tournament and may be an outside option at 26.00. Other picks include Mohammad Nabi and Asghar Afghan, who are both listed at 6.50.

We’re going to avoid Afghanistan again as their market is so tough to call. Instead, we’ll concentrate on Pakistan. Babar Azam delivered last time out and he may well do so again. However, our World Cup Satta goes on Fakhar Zaman.

The opener has shown glimpses of his best form and his power hitting approach could well convert against this Afghanistan attack.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Azam 4.00, Imam 4.33, Zaman 4.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Hafeez 6.50, Sohail 6.50, Malik 9.00, Ahmed 10.00.

Afghanistan: Shah 4.50, Zazai 4.50, Naib 4.76, Shahidi 5.00, Nabi 6.50, Afghan 6.50, Rashid 26.00.

What are the team total match sixes World Cup tips for Pakistan v Afghanistan?

This is likely to be such a one-sided game. It’s therefore been difficult to find any real value in the World Cup betting markets. Most options involved odds-on prices, but we may just have one final pick that edges above Even Money.

Pakistan to score less than 4.5 sixes is available at a price of 2.10. We think that’s a likely bet. Afghanistan only conceded one maximum to Bangladesh and if Pakistan were to bat second in this game, they will probably be chasing a small target. The indicators are good, so we’re looking for this market to round off a profitable afternoon.

Pakistan Total Sixes Odds Summary: Over 4.5: 1.72, Under 4.5: 1.72 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).