The summer of cricket is well and truly here, with plenty of fantastic series unfolding this December. Test cricket is heating up, with plenty of teams still in the race for next year’s World Test Championship final. Australia and South Africa are leading the charge, with Sri Lanka and India nipping at their heels, and two of these four sides will be in action this week.
Meanwhile, England is continuing to light up the cricketing world with their record-breaking heroics in Test cricket, this time executing an impressive win on Pakistani soil. The series continues with its second installment this week as well.
Here’s a look at the best matches coming up this week and some of the cricket betting odds on these.
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Cricket Match: Bangladesh vs. India
(Two ODIs, Wednesday, 7th, and Saturday, 10th December)
Bangladesh pulled off an excellent win in the first ODI of the series last weekend, upsetting visitors to India.
The chase was a nailbiter, with Bangladesh having restricted India to 186 all out off 41.3 overs and then having their own troubles in the chase. They ended up reaching the target with one wicket to spare, stuttering to 187/9 off 46.0.
Such a close contest sets up the second ODI as pivotal in this series, with Bangladesh being able to take an unassailable 2-0 lead if they can execute a repeat victory.
Despite their opening loss, India is the relative favorite in the second ODI on Wednesday, with odds of -275 against Bangladesh’s +210. Take India here, setting up an enthralling series decider on Saturday.
Cricket Match: Australia vs. West Indies
(Second Test, Thursday 8th to Monday 12th December)
While England and Pakistan played one of the greatest Test matches of all time last week, Australia and the West Indies engaged in an opening match of far less interest.
Australia was dominant throughout, posting a heavy first innings total that set the side up for a 164-run victory on the final day. With the next Test starting on Thursday, the West Indies will be hard-pressed to avoid a similar result.
Most prop betting odds are not out yet, but taking Australia to have the highest run scorer would be a good bet here. Overall, Australia is a hefty favorite at -1000 to win.
Cricket Match: Pakistan vs. England
(Second Test, Friday 9th to Tuesday 13th December)
It will go down in history as perhaps England’s best-ever away win. Just days ago, the English sealed a 74-run win over Pakistan in dramatic circumstances, claiming the home side’s final wicket with minutes of daylight remaining.
This week, they’re back at it again with round two in this three-Test series. England has the opportunity to make history and claim a series win, and all eyes will be on them to see if they continue with their rockstar brand of aggressive cricket.
Pakistan is marginally ahead in the winner odds right now, with odds of +140 against England’s +175. A brave punter would take a draw at +260, given the nature of Pakistan’s pitches this summer.
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