We are now two games into the Commonwealth Bank Series and there was a turn up for the books in the match between India and Sri Lanka when the game ended in a tie. That result means that Sri Lanka have their first points of the series whilst India go top, one point above Australia but it has to be noted that Australia have played a game less and are still hot favourites to win the series.
Ahead of Australia’s game against Sri Lanka at Sydney, Australia can be backed at 4/7 to win this series whilst India have shortened slightly after the tied game. They are now 7/4 with most bookies but still available at 2/1 with some firms. That leaves Sri Lanka as the huge outsiders. They really needed to beat India to have a strong chance and after their tie, they are available at 12/1 in most places.
Australia face Sri Lanka on Friday and their odds to win this match don’t differ too much from the odds to win the series. They are priced up at 1/2 at the time of writing with Sri Lanka second best with their odds available at 2/1 with one bookmaker but generally a 7/4 chance. If you want to even the odds slightly you could bet on the highest opening partnership where Australia are once again favourites. Australia are 8/11 to have the highest opening partnership whilst Sri Lanka can be backed at 7/4. We’ve already seen a rare tie in one match and another tie in this market looks a long shot. 25/1 are the odds that any brave punters will be rewarded with who bet on the opening partnerships providing the same score.
As usual the top batsman odds for each side are going to be popular and the Australian odds are dominated by David Warner and Ricky Ponting with the former generally a 7/2 shot whilst Ponting is a joint favourite with many bookies but his best odds are slightly longer at 4/1. Next best are Matthew Wade and Mike Hussey who can be backed at 11/2 whilst David Hussey is a 7/1 chance. The odds are similar for the top batsman from Sri Lanka. Kumar Sangakkara is just about the most likely choice according to the bookies. He can be backed at 7/2 whilst things are pretty tight between Tillakaratne Dilshan who is a 4/1 chance, Dinesh Chandimal (9/2) and also Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga who are both 5/1.
There are plenty of other markets that are sure to be popular with punters ahead of the start of this match, the top bowler markets for each side always throw up some good bets whilst the opening partnership odds and man of the match betting should also be interesting. Most bookies offer odds on all these markets.