2015 Cricket World Cup
The eleventh edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup ran from 14th February until 29th March and was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The 2015 Cricket World Cup showcaseds the One Day International format of the game and 14 of the world’s top sides were in attendance, so there was plenty of betting in the build-up.
The 2015 tournament featured 49 matches played in 14 venues with Australia staging 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, while New Zealand hosting 23 games in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington. The 2015 Cricket World Cup Final took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday 29th March where Australia beat co-hosts New Zealand by 7 wickets.
The competition was played in round robin and knockout format with the 14 nations initially divided into two seperate groups. Pool A featured England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland, while Pool B contained South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and United Arab Emirates. The top four sides from each group progressed to the knockout rounds which comprised of quarter-finals and semi-finals, before the final two went head to head for a winner takes all encounter in the final.
India were the defending champions in 2015 after ending Australia’s winning streak with a six wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai back in 2011. That was India’s second Cricket World Cup title, but Australia bounced back to confirm their status as the top side throughout the tournament’s history by extending their record of wins to five. The West Indies won the first two editions of the Cricket World Cup, but have endured a barren spell since the 1970s, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoyed one-off successes in the 1990s and England are yet to taste victory.
The Outright Betting market proved to be a good guide as eventual winners Australia were firm favourites to extend their Cricket World Cup record in the build up. Bookmakers were torn between South Africa and India for second favourite, though beaten finalists New Zealand were alongside Sri Lanka and England as next best in the betting, while everyone else was considered to have only an outside chance of success at double-figure odds or more.
There were of course plenty of betting opportunites on other pre-tournament markets such as top run scoreer and top wicket taker, then once the tournament got underway match betting and other markets took centre stage and we hope that Freebets.com helped you to make the most of your betting for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.