As we enter the knockout stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, bookmakers are offering attractive prices on correctly predicting this edition’s winner.
According to the most popular betting sites, five-time World Champions Australia are the No.1 favourites to retain their World Cup title. Australia were the first team to qualify for the semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup after picking up 7 wins from their opening 8 matches of the campaign. Mitchell Starc’s explosive bowling displays have been instrumental in propelling Australia into the semi-final of the tournament.
Given their current form, the Aussies are well on course to defend their World Cup title.
World Cup glory continues to elude England, but a renewed and serious challenge is expected from them in the coming campaign. After suffering back to back losses against Sri Lanka and Australia, England were staring down the barrel. However, two spirited performances against India and New Zealand have earned them a much-deserved place in the semi-final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
With the wind behind their sails, England will be heavy favourites to lift the World Cup trophy in front of their fans on 14th July at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground.
Another team who will be confident of going all the way is India. Although India’s unbeaten streak was ended by England last week, they became the 2nd team to qualify for the semi-final after getting the better of Bangladesh in their subsequent match. A win against Sri Lanka last Saturday coupled with a loss for the Australians against South Africa in their final group match has propelled India to the top of the points table.
When you consider the great strides made by the Indians under Virat Kohli in the past couple of years, the chances of them winning their 3rd World Cup title is something to consider.
Finally, we have New Zealand who stumbled their way into the knockout stage of the World Cup. The Kiwis, who were unbeaten in their opening 6 matches of the competition, head into the semi-final after suffering 3 consecutive defeats to Pakistan, Australia and India. Despite their current form, New Zealand remain respected by odds-makers to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The Kiwis will be desperate to lift the trophy that has eluded them so far.