Unbeaten Australia and Pakistan to keep on winning at T20 World Cup
Unbeaten Australia have dominated proceedings at the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka so far, obliterating every obstacle in their path.
Having racked up three wins out of three against Ireland, West Indies and India, the 2010 runners-up are at evens to also overcome South Africa.
The South Africans were impressive themselves in the group stages, beating Zimbabwe and Sri Linka before coming unstuck in their first Super Eight clash with Pakistan. They can be backed at 4/5 to win this time.
With such close odds in the match market, perhaps betting on how the individuals involved will fare would offer increased value.
And when it comes to personnel, it is difficult to look beyond Shane Watson for Australia. The 31-year-old is currently the competition’s leading wicket-taker and has the most sixes too.
Watson also lies second in the run-scoring table, having enjoyed a sterling start to the T20 World Cup. Backing him at 6/1 to be man of the match could yield big rewards.
For South Africa, bowler Dale Steyn has shown good form throughout the tournament, taking six wickets including a hat-trick against Pakistan. He appears great value at 5/4 to take more wickets than Morné Morkel.
Pakistan are the only other side to remain unbeaten at the T20 World Cup alongside Australia, and are therefore just evens to defeat India.
The Indians were dispatched with 9 wickets remaining when they faced Australia, and odds of 4/5 to beat Pakistan therefore appear short.
Pakistan have a good pedigree in the shorter cricketing format, having made the semi-finals of the last three T20 World Cups, winning in 2009 and coming runners-up in 2007.
Again however, it seems that the value bets are to be found in the other markets for this clash.
Indian all-rounder Virat Kohli is the 9/1 favourite to be man of the match during Pakistan versus India, but others are in contention.
Fellow countryman Virender Sehwag is a master batsman, and he could make odds of 10/1 stretch if he gets into the swing of things.
Pakistan’s candidates for the best player of the game are all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and spin king Saeed Ajmal, both also priced at 10/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.