The 2015 Cricket World Cup begins with New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch and punters are confident that the Black Caps can making a winning start to the tournament.
New Zealand, led by wicket-keeper/Captain Brendan McCullum, had their one successful year in history in 2014 and they have carried that form into the start of 2015.
The Kiwis beat Sri Lanka comfortably in a seven game series on home soil and they went on to record back-to-back wins against Pakistan before they scored a very comfortable win over South Africa on Wednesday.
New Zealand’s recent form means that their 2015 Cricket World Cup odds have shortened dramatically in the past fortnight and they are available at a quote of $1.47 with Ladbrokes.com.au to defeat Sri Lanka tomorrow.
While you can’t fault New Zealand’s lead-up form, these practice matches are never a particularly strong form guide for the tournament and I believe that $1.47 is massive unders for New Zealand.
Sri Lanka are currently available at World Cup odds of $2.70 to beat and I am more than happy to back them at that price despite their recent failings against New Zealand.
The likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Makela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan have all played well in lead-up matches to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and Sri Lanka only need two of the three to fire to post a very defendable total.
Their bowling is not particularly strong, but New Zealand can be prone to middle order collapses when the pressure is on and if Sri Lanka can dismiss McCallum and Kane Williamson cheaply, New Zealand could be in big trouble.
Leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au are offering a wide range of betting markets for the 2015 World Cup clash between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and there is some value in a number of the prop betting markets.
Sangakkara is the danger man for Sri Lanka and the $10 on offer for him to be named man of the match is worth a bet as is the $6.50 available for him to finish the match as the leading run scorer.
Williamson and McCullum have dominated the headlines for New Zealand ahead of the tournament, but Ross Taylor has found his best form as he continues to recover from injury and is good value at $7 to be his sides leading run-scorer.
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