2019 Cricket World Cup Final Tips

New Zealand vs England
7:30pm AEST Sunday

The 2019 Cricket World Cup will draw to a close at Lord’s on Sunday night when the host nation, resounding favourites in head to head betting, face an impressive New Zealand side.

Both sides have recorded impressive wins, as well and three losses during the Group stage, and both showed plenty of resolve to eliminate Australia and England respectively in the semi-final stage.

The right appeared to be on the wall for New Zealand when they lost a few early wickets and ultimately scored only 239 against India, but some outstanding bowling that resulted in the cheap wickets of several key batsmen paved the way for a memorable win.

England had Australia on the ropes immediately and didn’t let up, cruising to an eight-wicket win. They have clearly felt the weight of tournament favouritism, but ultimately they have been excellent and would not look out of place lifting the Cricket World Cup.

One thing that is certain is that a new World Cup champion will be crowned. Neither England nor New Zealand have won Cricket’s major one-day prize previously and that is sure to add a little more to what is already going to be an outstanding contest.

My pre-tournament preview put New Zealand on top at $10 and I am more than happy to double down in the final, at current prices. It also suggested backing New Zealand to reach the final at $4.50, so we therefore have that one in the bank already. For New Zealand to win, every player is going to need to stand up and the senior group need to lead from the front. That is echoed in the tips below.

Tips:

New Zealand to Win @ $3.50
Kane Williamson New Zealand Top Runscorer @ $3
Trent Boult New Zealand Top Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Jonny Bairstow England Top Runscorer @ $4
New Zealand Over 3.5 Runs 1st Over @ $1.83

Cricket World Cup Semi-Finals Tips

India vs New Zealand
7:30pm AEST Tuesday

The first 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-final will take place between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester.

India have been typically consistent and finished the group stage in first position; recording seven wins and one loss, with an additional game abandoned. There have been a few weaknesses in the armour, but a bad performed from the sub-continent nation has generally still been good enough to get the chocolates. They will, however, need to be at their best to beat New Zealand.

I actually think that this is the best-case scenario for New Zealand, in terms of semi-final opponents. Australia clearly still has the wood over them, while England playing in front of their home crowd also might have been a bridge too far. Their squad has shared the load more than any other nation at the Cricket World Cup, in that no single player has starred, but nearly every player has been good and consistent. If they are any chance of progressing further, the senior players will need to hit the potential that we know they have. That is reflected in the tips below.

Tips:

New Zealand to Win @ $3.40
Virat Kohli India Top Runscorer @ $3.25
Mohammad Shami India Top Wicket Taker @ $4.33
Trent Boult New Zealand Top Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Martin Guptill New Zealand Top Runscorer @ $4.33

England vs Australia (7:30pm)
7:30pm AEST Thursday

What a semi-final this is going to be. England and Australia have both produced quality performances, in between the occasional hiccup at the 2019 Cricket World Cup and the final spot in this weekend’s decider is up for grabs when the two proud nations square off at Edgbaston on Thursday night.

For a tournament favourite as resounding as England was, they have clearly felt the pressure. They’ve lost a couple of seemingly unlosable games but have kicked back into gear in time for the finals. Wins over India and New Zealand have filled their sails with wind, and they’ll be confident of recording another one over Australia.

The Aussies lost their last group stage match against South Africa, but their form prior to that was excellent and I’m happy to forgive the last performance, given eyes were firmly fixed on this stage of the tournament. Australia beat England during the group stage, and I am confident that they can and will do it again. They are over the odds in head-to-head betting.

Tips:

Australia to Win @ $2.20
Eoin Morgan England Top Runscorer @ $7
Mitchell Starc Australia Top Wicket Taker @ $3
Aaron Finch Australia Top Runscorer @ $4

Saturday, July 6

Sri Lanka vs India
7:30pm AEST

Sub-continent rivals Sri Lanka and India will do battle at Headingly, but betting suggests that the latter will be easy winners.

Sri Lanka’s tournament is over, but they have returned several pleasing performances and wins at the Cricket World Cup and they aren’t without a hope of scoring an upset win over big brother. They’ll carry winning form into this match after beating the West Indies, but this is a far sterner task and they’ll need to be tighter.

India suffered their only loss of the tournament to a desperate England two back, before proved too strong for Bangladesh earlier this week. They’ll be confident of winning and will use this match to tune up before the finals.

Tips:

Virat Kohli India Top Runscorer @ $3
Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka Top Runscorer @ $6.50
Mohammad Shami India Top Wicket Taker @ $4.33

Australia vs South Africa
10:30pm AEST

The final match of the group stage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup will be contested between Australia and South Africa tonight and prior to the tournament beginning, it looked as though it could have been vital.

We now know that it isn’t and Australia will use this match to tune up for the finals and hopefully, maintain top spot to give themselves the best chance of progressing to the decider.

South Africa have been extremely disappointing and have well and truly checked out, but a win over Australia would be a minor consolation. Regardless, they’d need to produce a tournament-best performance.

Tips:

Australia to Win @ $1.45
David Warner Australia Top Runscorer @ $3.75
Kagiso Rabada South Africa Top Wicket Taker @ $3.75

Friday, July 5

Pakistan vs Bangladesh
7:30pm AEST

One of the final Group matches at the 2019 Cricket World Cup will see Pakistan and Bangladesh square off at Lord’s. Both nations have produced quality performances throughout the Cup, and this should be a terrific contest.

There’s been standouts for both sides, namely Babar Azam for Pakistan and Shakib Al Hasan for Bangladesh, and I am expecting big performances from both players again.

Bangladesh are over the odds in head-to-head betting once again and I am happy to take the value.

Tips:

Bangladesh to Win @ $2.75
Babar Azam Pakistan Top Runscorer @ $3.50
Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Top Runscorer @ $3.75
Shakib Al Hasan Man of Match @ $8

Thursday, July 4

Afghanistan vs West Indies
7:30pm AEST

This will be the final time that Afghanistan and the West Indies will step out at the 2019 Cricket World Cup and both nations will be eager to go out on a winning note.

Afghanistan are quite clearly always up against it and while they have returned several spirited performances, they remain winless at this tournament. The were terribly unlucky not to beat Pakistan on Saturday and will carry momentum, and heightened confidence into what is another winnable match.

The Windies have been all but checked out for several matches now and suffered a particularly disappointing loss to Sri Lanka at their most-recent effort. I think that they are both vulnerable again here, and under the odds in head-to-head betting.

Tips:

Afghanistan to Win @ $3.75
Rashid Khan Afghanistan Top Wicket Taker @ $3.50
Kemar Roach West Indies Top Wicket Taker @ $4.33

Wednesday, July 3

England vs New Zealand
7:30pm AEST

We’re set for an epic at the Cricket World Cup tonight as host nation England fight for survival and New Zealand attempt to stem a run of two-consecutive losses.

England seemingly got the campaign off to a strong start by beating South Africa on opening day, but that form certainly was not franked and disappointing losses to several nations have followed.

New Zealand were undefeated until they were stopped in their tracks by Pakistan early last week, before another loss to Australia compounded the result and ultimately saw the Blackcaps slip to third. They remain a mathematic chance of missing the final four, but it appears extremely unlikely.

Both teams are clearly eager to win and I think this will be a terrific contest. The Blackcaps are over the odds in head-to-head betting and I’m eager to take the value.

Tips:

New Zealand to Win @ $2.75
Kane Williamson New Zealand Top Runscorer @ $3.25
Trent Boult New Zealand Top Wicket Taker @ $3.50
Adil Rashid England Top Wicket Taker @ $4.50

Tuesday, July 2

Bangladesh vs India
7:30pm AEST

India suffered their first defeat at the 2019 Cricket World Cup over the weekend and will be eager to respond at the expense of Bangladesh tonight.

It was against a desperate England and that is certainly forgivable, but the loss did raise a few queries as to India’s overall fortitude and there is still plenty that the need to work on, if they are to lift the World Cup in 2019.

Bangladesh have been excellent at the Cricket World Cup and remain a chance of winning through to the final four. They simply need to win every match, however and while they are sure to put up a spirited fight, beating India will probably prove to be a bridge too far at this point.

Tips:

Virat Kohli India Top Runscorer @ $3
Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Top Runscorer @ $3.75
Bangladesh Under 3.5 Runs 1st Over @ $1.83

Monday, July 1

Sri Lanka vs West Indies
7:30pm AEST

Sri Lanka and the West Indies will square off at the Riverside Ground in Durham and there is a case to be made for both nations, despite head-to-head betting being heavily skewed in favour of Jason Holder’s men.

Sri Lanka were unable to hold off the rocks-or-diamonds Proteas late last week, but there is no doubt that they are faced with a far better prospect for a win here and they will be quietly confident of recording one, having taken the scalp of England most notably this tournament.

The West Indies have been extremely disappointing, and the end of the tournament cannot come quickly enough. I’m happy to play against them as short-priced favourites here.

Tips:

Sri Lanka to Win @ $2.63
Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka Top Runscorer @ $5.50
Jason Holder West Indies Top Wicket Taker @ $4.50

Sunday, June 30

England vs India
7:30pm AEST

What an outstanding way to the round out the weekend and I simply cannot wait for this match between England and India. Everything is on the line for the host nation, while India will be confident of keeping alive an unbeaten run of form at the Cricket World Cup and potentially, drive the final nail into the coffin of England.

In typical form for the British press, they’ve already well and truly teed off on their own players and campaign and the pressure in the dressing room must be immense. Eoin Morgan doesn’t seem to be the sort of bloke that’s too overdone by the situation and I’m tipping a big performance from the skipper.

India have been India – strong and consistent, and it’s unsurprising to see them undefeated. I do think that too much has been left up to Kohli, though, and I think that they could suffer defeat to a desperate England.

Tips:

England to Win @ $2
Eoin Morgan England Top Runscorer @ $7
Jasprit Bumrah India Top Wicket Taker @ $3.75

Saturday, June 29

Pakistan vs Afghanistan
7:30pm AEST

Pakistan can make things extremely difficult for host nation England by beating Afghanistan tonight, and betting suggests that they will do just that.

Pakistan have recorded several good results at the Cricket World Cup and will be full of confidence after becoming the first nation to deliver New Zealand a defeat. They are a classy side and will be a tough prospect for minnows Afghanistan.

Afghanistan are yet to record a win at the Cricket World Cup and they face another stern task in the form of Pakistan. It will take their senior players to lead from the front, if they’re any chance of competing. That is echoed in the tips below.

Tips:

Babar Azam Pakistan Top Runscorer @ $3.75
Rashid Khan Afghanistan Top Wicket Taker @ $3.25
Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan Top Runscorer @ $8

New Zealand vs Australia
10:30pm AEST

What an outstanding contest this is sure to be and both New Zealand and Australia have claims on winning in at Lords.

New Zealand suffered their first loss of the tournament at the hands of Pakistan earlier this week, but it certainly is not panic stations and they are every chance of pulling off the win here, at a nice price. The Blackcaps have not been steered by any one player, which bodes well for their chances of securing a maiden World Cup.

Australia’s win over England was easily their best of the Cricket World Cup so far and they will be full of confidence ahead of this match against the old enemy. Captain Aaron Finch has well and truly been leading from the front

I genuinely think either side could win, and I am happy to stay away from head-to-head betting as a result.

Tips:

Aaron Finch Australia Top Runscorer @ $4
Martin Guptill New Zealand Top Runscorer @ $4.33
Mitchell Starc Australia Top Wicket Taker @ $3.25