2019 Cricket World Cup Diary: 8th July

July 8, 2019

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The group stage is over and done with at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, so as the old adage goes, we’ve well and truly reached crunch time.

The knockout rounds will be over almost as quickly as they started with the top four sides from the group stage sent straight into semi-finals, with the two winners of those games meeting in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.

Chart-topping India will face fourth-place New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday, while second-placed Australia will face off with their old rivals England at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Luke Parkinson has been keeping a close eye on proceedings over the past few weeks, so let’s take a look at the Cricket World Cup betting odds ahead of this week’s big semi-final matches.

India v New Zealand

New Zealand started the World Cup like a team on a mission, setting the pace with five wins from six matches. The other was washed out against India.

However, since defeat to Pakistan at Edgbaston in match seven, the Kiwis haven’t tasted victory since with heavy defeats coming against Australia at Lord’s and England in Durham.

That isn’t ideal form to be taking into any game, never mind a World Cup semi-final against India.

The Indians have benefitted from starting the tournament a week later than everybody else, and have suffered just one defeat since then, that coming in a must-win game for England.

That kind of form has left Indian at the top of tree, qualifying for the semis as group leaders. They are yet to face New Zealand though, as their group stage match at Trent Bridge was abandoned without a single ball being bowled.

Despite that, India have the better of the recent head-to-head record between the two nations, winning six of the last eight.

I’d expect India to improve on that this week with captain Virat Kohli taking a starring role.

Suggestions: Virat Kohli to be named man of the match @ 6/1 with Betfred

Australia v England

Nothing says international cricket better than Australia against England.

The two powerhouses of world cricket are famous for contesting the Ashes in Test match cricket, but this is a new generation, and a semi-final of the World Cup is now just as important.

England have transformed into the number one ODI outfit since being embarrassed by New Zealand at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, while Australia have always excelled in this format and are five-time champions of this tournament.

It’s a match that is fit for the final, but unfortunately, one won’t make it.

A lot of this competition has come down to who bats first. They’ve won the majority of the matches at this World Cup, and that could be the difference again on Wednesday with these sides so well matched on paper.

England arguably have the better match winners with the bat, namely Morgan, Stokes and Buttler, but Australia have two of the finest openers in the game with Aaron Finch and David Warner.

It will be an intriguing battle, and although my heart says England, my head is telling me that the Aussies will knick it.

Suggestions: Australia to beat England @ 6/5 with Ladbrokes

Here are your 2019 Cricket World Cup betting odds

Author: Luke

As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.

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