Commonwealth Bank Series 2012

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

One Day cricket turns over a new leaf. 

Following another tedious World Cup in 2011, in a year which had seen some fabulous tests, many considered One Day cricket if not dead, certainly in the old folks home. Yet just a few months later, the situation has reversed. India’s tests have been awfully one-sided of late, and the less said about England in Pakistan the better. Meanwhile, a spate of thrilling ODIs have taken place, most recently in Australia, where we’re in the midst of a terrific Commonwealth Bank Series, in which Australia, Sri Lanka and India are competing.

Tuesday saw an outrageously entertaining game between India and Sri Lanka end in a tie after both teams posted 236. Friday sees the Aussies face Sri Lanka in Sydney, looking to repeat the five run victory they recorded against the same opposition last week.

There are several markets we like the look of with Ladbrokes. The first is the Batsmen matchbet between Warner and Dilshan. With Ladbrokes offering Dilshan at 5/6 with a +3.5 run headstart, it is hard to say no. Indeed don’t be put off backing Warner to score under 30.5 runs, also at odds of 5/6. He may turn out to be a real flash in the pan.

The scorecard from the meeting between the two nations last week flattered Sri Lanka in the end, who were fortunate that all-rounder Angel Mathews pulled out one of his best ODI batting performances to knock 64. At 1/2 with Blue Square we’re happy to back Australia to repeat the trick in this one.

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