Pakistan v Sri Lanka: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on June 5, 2019

On Friday, Pakistan and Sri Lanka go head to head in an intriguing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match. But which way do our World Cup tips for Pakistan v Sri Lanka point?

The thing about Pakistan is that you never know what you’re going to get. They are wildly unpredictable and there has been perfect evidence of that at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Blown away by West Indies’ pacemen in the first game, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side recovered and edged past pre-tournament favourites England on Monday.

Pakistan now host a Sri Lankan team who have also recorded their first win of this tournament. That’s despite the bookies not being too impressed with Dimuth Tillakaratne’s men coming into this contest.

What are the World Cup tips for Pakistan v Sri Lanka?

Pakistan start as favourites as you would expect, but they look particularly short for Friday’s game at 1.32. It leaves Sri Lanka out at 3.25 with Betway. But is there any chance of an upset?

Sri Lanka may have points on the board, but they struggled to overcome the tournament’s rank outsiders Afghanistan. The batting performance was weak. In fact, only a brilliant spell of bowling from Nuwan Pradeep swung the game in their favour. Pakistan are so unpredictable that it’s difficult to be confident, even when they are so short. Nonetheless, we still have to go with the favourites this time.

Match Odds Summary: Pakistan 1.32 (Betrally – Editor’s Pick), Sri Lanka 3.25.

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

The sportsbooks have been a little slow to react to Sri Lanka’s late win on Tuesday. So, at present, we only have top batsman odds from Bet365.

– Pakistan Batsman Picks

It starts with Babar Azam, who is favourite to top score for Pakistan at 3.75. Imam-ul-Haq follows at 4.00 with Fakhar Zaman available at 4.33.

The market starts to drift at this point until we reach Mohammad Hafeez at 6.00. Hafeez top scored against England and will therefore attract a lot of interest from cricket bettors at that figure. Other picks for Pakistan here include Shoaib Malik at 7.00, Asif Ali at 9.00 and Sarfaraz Ahmed at 10.00. Once again, all of those World Cup cricket odds are with Bet365.

– Sri Lanka Batsman Picks

Moving across to Sri Lanka and it’s the two openers who have found form so far. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne carried his bat in the opening game against New Zealand and he is joint favourite to top score against Pakistan at 4.50.

Kusal Mendis is also available at 4.50, and just behind the second favourites is Kusal Perera at 5.00. Angelo Mathews is struggling for form right now and punters may want to avoid him at 5.50. Meanwhile, other batting options for the Sri Lankans include Lahiru Thirimanne at 5.50, and Thisara Perera at 10.00.

This is a tough call with no obvious winner on either side. But for our World Cup 2019 Satta, we’re going to stay with Pakistan and have faith in Fakhar Zaman. The quiet accumulators have done most of the scoring at this World Cup, but the power hitters will have their day. Zaman’s explosive approach can pay off against this Sri Lankan attack and 4.33 is a reasonable price.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Pakistan: Azam 3.75, Imam 4.00, Zaman 4.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Hafeez 6.00, Malik 7.00, Ali 9.00, Ahmed 10.00.

Sri Lanka: Karunaratne 4.50, Mendis 4.50, Kusal Perera 5.00, Mathews 5.50, Thirimanne 5.50, Thisara Perera 10.00.

What are the total match sixes World Cup tips for Pakistan v Sri Lanka?

Because other sportsbooks are slow to declare, we have fewer side markets for this game. However, we think we’ve spotted some value in the total sixes betting. The line is set at 10.5 and have odds of 2.10 to go Over, or 1.72 to go Under that mark.

We’re going over this time and we’re not too worried about Pakistan in terms of this bet. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men registered six maximums against England and should go bigger against a weaker Sri Lankan bowling attack. Sri Lanka need to play their part, but this Bristol ground isn’t particularly big and 10.5 seems a low enough mark for us to get involved.

Total Match Sixes Odds Summary: Over 10.5: 2.10 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Under 10.5: 1.72.