Cricket Betting: T20 Asia Cup Preview

February 23, 2016 by Posted in Cricket Tips

Indian-batsman-Rohit-Sharma

Each nation will have one eye on the upcoming T20 World Cup but will be looking to build up their confidence as they head into the the Asia Cup in Mirpur, Bangladesh from February 24th to March 6th.

In an attempt to increase its relevance in the packed cricket calendar, it was decided that the Asia Cup will be played in a rotation basis in ODI and T20 format. This year’s edition will be the first T20 format to be played between five teams – U.A.E qualifying to join the four Test playing nations.

India will head into the tournament as firm favourites on the back of very good recent form in T20s. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are a handful for any bowling attack while Jasprit Bumrah is proving tough to negotiate with his smart death-bowling. They do not have a strong history in the Asia Cup although the different format should help the Indians.

TIP: India @ $1.91 with William Hill – Our best bet is with India to lift the cup.

Pakistan will have happy memories of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh having won the trophy once and they managed to reach the finals last year. However, they have everything to prove this year with a relatively inexperienced side chosen on the back of performances in the on-going Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Pakistan @ $3.75 with William Hill – will you punt on the erratic and entertaining Pakistan?

Sri Lanka have won the title most number of times but should struggle to replicate that in this year’s edition. Injuries plagued their series against India but the return of the likes of Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews isn’t going to drastically change their fortunes. The lack of a quality spinner in their ranks may hurt them in the long run.

Sri Lanka @ $5.50 with William Hill – It will take a brave heart to punt on them being champions

The hosts are stronger than ever with some consistent performances at home in the ODIs. The likes of Shakib-Al-Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman will be eager to stamp their mark on the tournament. The presence of vociferous crowd support is a huge factor and could lift them when it matters most.

Bangladesh @ $7.00 with William Hill – Bangladesh could stun many analysts here.

Rohit Sharma is in the middle of some wonderful form and could be a strong bet for being the top tournament batsman, with a good dark horse being Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez. In the bowling, Ravichandran Ashwin will be the one to watch out for while Bangladesh’s Mustafizur could surprise many for the honors of top tournament bowler.

The format change could do wonders for the relevance of Asia Cup in the wake of the upcoming T20 World Cup. Which team will reign supreme?

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