G’day everyone, welcome to the second in an on-going guide to cricket betting called Punter Steve’s Online Cricket Betting Adventure, I do hope the first article provided some insight into betting on cricket. Pretty simple really just pick the winner and then bet, but if only picking the winner was that easy!! My record of late has been solid, 3 wins for the final 3 pool games of the KFC big bash. Vic def Tassie tick!, Qld def WA tick! and NSW def SA tick! Unfortunately my early prediction of the Qld bulls taking out the Big Bash was not a good one, but let’s hope my run can continue for the rest of the summer.
KFC BIg Bash Final – Vic Bushrangers Vs SA Red Backs
The final for the KFC big bash at the Adelaide Oval will be a one-sided affair; Vic chased 160 and 150 against Tazzie and Qld easily in the past two matches and successfully chased 178 against NSW in their 1st pool match. The S.A. Redbacks, without the hitting power of Shaid Afridi, will be unable to post a winning total against a solid Bushrangers attack.
S.A. do have a couple of trump cards in Keiron Pollard and Shaun Tait, and if both of those players fire then S.A. can win as both players have performed well so far this series but are inconsistent by nature. Victoria have made the finals for the past 5 years, led by the evergreen trio of David Hussey, Brad Hodge and Cameron White. With their experience in finals and the pressure on SA to win their first trophy in 13 years, i predict a solid win by the Bushrangers. Currently the Vics are paying $A1.80, a great price, even if Bravo does not get up for the match, Vic will still walk away with the silver ware.
ODI series winner – Australia Vs Pakistan
The one-day series Australia Vs Pakistan starts on Friday the 21st of January. Pakistan was a bit unlucky not to win the 2nd test but mainly they were just incompetent. Given every opportunity with preferable batting and bowling conditions, the Pakistan team shut there eyes and walked away from what would have been a historic victory for this young developing team. The backlash from the 2nd test was swift and somewhat predictable for a team looking for excuses and unwilling to accept responsibility for all round poor cricket.
For this reason and many others i can see Australia steam rolling the Pakistan team in the ODI series. The bookies are offering $6 on the Aussie winning 5 nil and $3.25 on 4 – 1, I’m going to hedge my bets and have a wager on both.
1st ODI match – Australia Vs Pakistan
For the first ODI the bookies are offering $1.45 for an Australian win, a pretty good return considering the good form the Aussies have been in. My money will be on the Aussies for each and every game. It’s not worth trying to predict an upset win by Pakistan, there’s no money in predicting the unpredictable. My only concern is if Michael Clarke gets in and starts working on his average rather then batting for the team, a total of 240 or under is very achievable for a talented Pakistan batting line up.
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