T20 World Cup Betting Tips: Pakistan Can Cause an Upset

Afghanistan also live outsiders in UAE

Babar Azam Quinton de Kock Pakistan vs South Africa

The best cricketers on the planet are preparing to battle it out for glory at the T20 World Cup 2021.

This year’s tournament starts on 17 October and looks as competitive as ever.

We have assessed each country’s form and player options to bring you our best T20 World Cup 2021 predictions.

T20 World Cup 2021 Betting Tips
Best Bet Pakistan to win the T20 World Cup at 10.0 with Mr Play
Longshot Bet Afghanistan to win the T20 World Cup each-way at 41.0 with bet365

 


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Pakistan Win Offers Value

There is no doubt India deserve to be favourites for T20 World Cup 2021, and that England are rightly sitting second in the outright winner market.

However, we are looking to find the best value bets for you, which means taking these short-priced selections on with bigger-priced picks.

With that in mind, Pakistan look a solid choice for overall victory. Their T20 World Cup odds of 10.0 with Mr Play are appealing for an in-form side packed with dangermen.

In Babar Azam they have one of the very best batsmen in world cricket. Their skipper’s opening partnership with vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan is also a huge positive.

Babar Azam Quinton de Kock Pakistan vs South Africa

That duo are able to lay the foundations for big scores if they can get their middle-order firing.

While this has been a struggle recently, in the experienced Mohammad Hafeez and talented Fakhar Zaman they can rectify that.

Their bowling attack is also impressive with the rapid pace of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf and the variety and guile of Hassan Ali and Mohammad Hasnain.

Their spin options will also be crucial on the slower pitches of the UAE. Usman Qadir and all-rounder Shadab Khan have both been among the wickets this year, and the spin of Hafeez also gives them another option.

As well as the fact Pakistan are a well-rounded team with a good mix of youth and experience, the recent move to the United Arab Emirates can also play to their strengths.

Pakistan spent much of the last 10 years playing their international fixtures in the UAE, as well as the end of this year’s PSL.

A clash with big rivals India in the group stages could have a big say in their chances of qualification.

The fact they pushed England so close in their recent T20I series suggests they are a little overpriced at double-figure odds.

T20 World Cup 2021 Winner Odds

India are made favourites to win the T20 World Cup 2021 with bet365.

They are priced at 3.25 to lift the trophy in the UAE ahead of 5.0 second-favourites England.

Team T20 World Cup Winner Odds
India 3.25
England 5.0
Australia 7.0
West Indies 7.0
New Zealand 9.0
Pakistan 9.0
South Africa 13.0
Sri Lanka 41.0
Afghanistan 41.0
Bangladesh 51.0
Ireland 501.0
Papua New Guinea 1001.0
Netherlands 1001.0
Scotland 1001.0
Oman 1001.0
Namibia 1501.0

 

Afghanistan to Enjoy UAE Conditions

Another nation that has played plenty of cricket in the UAE over the years is Afghanistan.

They are in the same group as India and Pakistan but are still an intriguing each-way play.

If India or Pakistan slip up in the group phase, they will be well-placed to take advantage.

They have won their last seven T20I series, including a notable success over current world cup holders West Indies. That form is looking even better given how dominant the Windies were against Australia recently.

Their array of spin options can have an impact. Both Rashid Khan and protégé Mujeeb Ur Rahman can have a big tournament.

Left-hander Hazratullah Zazai is capable of smashing runs at the top of the order, while Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Usman Ghani formed a decent partnership in the recent series win over Zimbabwe.

Add in the late hitting of captain Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and Afghanistan could be a surprise package at bigger odds.

They can be backed each-way at 41.0 with bet365, who are paying half the odds for two places.

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