- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, semi-final
- Wednesday 9 November, 2022
- New Zealand v Pakistan
- Sydney Cricket Ground (8am UK)
Now I’m not saying Pakistan are going to go on and win the World Cup, but I do expect them to beat New Zealand in this semi-final, for which they are a best price of 21/20 with QuinnBet.
After losing their first two games, they won three on the bounce to leave themselves in a position to capitalise on a slip up from either South Africa or India on Sunday’s final day of group action. That duly came from the Proteas against the Netherlands.
Pakistan are a wonderful beast. You just don’t know what you’re getting.
I actually had a message from a mate in the week which perfectly sums them up. It read: “If I could have a season ticket for any team in world sport, it would be Pakistan.”
It came on the back of their win against South Africa when, with the bat, they recovered from 43-4 to post 185-9. That innings with the bat was just beautiful chaos!
New Zealand have arguably been the strongest team through the group stages, winning three of five games, including two against Australia and Sri Lanka by landslide margins. But I just think Pakistan are on a roll and will advance.
Play it again Shaheen!
A couple of games ago, against South Africa, I advocated going over on Shaheen Shah Afridi’s player performance marker of over 20.5 with bet365. It was 1/1. In that match, he claimed 3-14. On Sunday, against Bangladesh, he returned 4-22.
Well, that 20.5 remains on offer with bet365, just this time at 10/11. I would still be going over that with a player who has found his feet after a long injury lay-off.
Remember, it is a point a run, 10 per catch and 20 per wicket.
I would also be interested in taking the 5/4 Ladbrokes have on the left-arm quick to take over 1.5 wickets in the match.
When tipping matches involving Pakistan, Mohammad Rizwan is usually my first port of call when it comes to a top run-scorer bet. So when he is the subject of a bet boost, it makes sense to side with the brilliant opener.
Bet365 are offering 11/4 on him to be his country’s top run-scorer against New Zealand, something he brought in for us against Bangladesh on Sunday morning despite only posting 32.
Admittedly, he hasn’t been in sparkling form of late, but no batter has set the world on fire for Pakistan. He has 103 runs, and their leading tournament scorer is Shan Masood with 134. Virat Kohli, for example, leads the way with 246.
Mitch makes sense at juicy 9/2
Now 9/2 with Betfred on New Zealand left-arm spinner Mitch Santner to be their top bowler in this match may not come in. But I would be certainly having a dabble on the wily twirler at those odds, which to me are crazy.
One, he is their leading wicket-taker in the tournament with eight, including a three-wicket haul, two twos and a one in four games. Two, why is he behind Adam Milne and Michael Bracewell in the market, neither of whom have played a game in the tournament yet?
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.