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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cricket: 1st ODI - Bangladesh v Pakistan Odds and Betting Preview

MIRPUR, BANGLADESH – Bangladesh face Pakistan at home in the first one day fixture of their three-match series on Thursday. Pakistan are currently four places ahead of their opponents in the ICC ODI rankings, and will be expecting to dominate in Mirpur. Unsurprisingly they start the game as strong favourites to win, and can currently be backed to do so at best odds of 1/6 (bet £6 to make £1 profit) with William Hill. For those punters anticipating an upset, however, Bangladesh are available at longer odds of 9/2 with Boylesports.

Pakistan enter the match on superb form, having recently defeated Sri Lanka 4-1 in their ODI series. Despite losing three of their most gifted players in disreputable circumstances due to the spot-fixing scandal, Pakistan can still boast a more experienced and more talented squad than their Bangladeshi opponents. It will take something very special from the hosts to outplay Pakistan over this three match series, but if they are to secure a famous victory then there would be no better way to start than by winning the first match.

Pakistani opener Mohammed Hafeez averages only 27.28 in his 87 international one day matches – a statistic that could certainly not be described as glaringly impressive – but nonetheless starts this match as 7/2 favourite with Ladbrokes to top score for his team. Hafeez’s opening partner Imran Farhat is also deemed to be dangerous by the bookmakers, and can be backed to amass the most runs for his side at 4/1 with Bet365. Younis Khan, on the other hand – who is undeniably the most experienced batsman in the Pakistani side – is on offer at an identical 4/1 with Blue Square.

Bangladesh’s most attacking batsman is opener Tamim Iqbal, whose explosive batting is capable of intimidating any bowling line-up in the world. Iqbal starts the match as joint-favourite to top score for the home side, and can currently be backed to do so at 4/1 with Stan James. Iqbal’s opening partner Imrul Kayes is on offer to hit the most Bangladeshi runs at the same odds with the same bookmaker, whilst Shakib Al Hasan can be backed at a slightly longer 5/1 with Coral.

In the absence of Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif, Shahid Afridi is the most dangerous bowler in the Pakistan side. Afridi has taken 328 wickets in his ODI career, and starts Thursday’s match as joint favourite to be his side’s most successful bowler at 7/2 with Ladbrokes. Umar Gul, who averages 27.28 with the ball in ODI cricket is on offer at the same odds with the same bookmakers.

Play starts at 07.30 GMT

Match Result

Bangladesh: 5.50
Pakistan: 1.16
Highest Opening Partnership

Bangladesh: 2.62
Pakistan: 1.50
Team of Top Match Runscorer

Bangladesh: 2.75
Pakistan: 1.40
Top Bangladesh Batsman

Al Hasan, S: 5.50
Hossain, Nasir: 17.00
Hossain, Nazmul: 101.00
Hossain, R: 101.00
Iqbal, T: 4.50
Islam, N: 9.00
Kayes, I: 5.00
Nafees, S: 6.00
Rahim, M: 5.50
Sunny, E: 17.00
Razzak, A: 51.00
Kapali, A: 9.00
Reza, F: 13.00
Mahmudullah, M: 13.00
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