Tuesday, March 13, 2007

West Indies Seems Up According to the Betting

The first match of the World Cup Cricket 2007 is now going on at the Sabina Park stadium at Kingston, Jamaica. You have to wait at least another 7 hours to know who is going to win the match. However, the pre-match betting shows that West Indies is the favorite for this match but Pakistan is not too much away from them. So, it seems that betters are also in a dilemma regarding the first match. Jackpot reported:

West Indies go into the game favourites at 8/13, buoyed by their fanatic home support, with Pakistan at 6/5.

It may be wise to then focus on the top runscorers for each team. As probably one of the most talented batsman the game has ever seen, Brian Lara is at enticing odds of 9/2 to be the top runscorer for the West Indies with Paddy Power.

Pakistani captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, is at 5/1 to be lead runscorer for the talented Asians with Coral.

Betting for the Man of the Match market could offer to most value for punters. Man of the Match awards usually go to performances by batsmen so there is no surprise to see them dominating the betting. Charismatic West Indies opener Chris Gayle is favourite for to win the award at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.

I think, betters are more concerned with their penny so they become puzzled whom they should bet on. However, with the excitement of cricket, betters are also getting excited. Though betting is a way of income for some people, I think, ICC should ensure that betting has no impact in the matches.