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EXPERT TIPS: T20 WORLD CUP

FINAL: PAKISTAN V ENGLAND

It was the tale of two opening partnerships in the semi finals as Pakistan and England both caused upsets to set up a mouth-watering decider at the MCG on Sunday.

After looking horribly out of sorts throughout the competition, Pakistani top order pair Mohammad Rizwan (57 off 43 balls) and Babar Azam (53 off 42 balls) came good at just the right time with their opening stand of 105, underpinning a comfortable run chase. Meanwhile, their bowlers had once again done an excellent job to restrict New Zealand to 4/152.

The Three Lions faced a greater challenge batting second after India set them a challenging 169 for victory. However, openers Jos Buttler (80 not out off 49 balls) and Alex Hales (86 off 47 balls) made light work of the target, reaching it unbeaten in just 16 overs to hand their side a colossal win.

Betting Strategy

As it transpires the two teams we backed prior to the start of the tournament meet in the Final. It will be England’s superior depth and power with the bat that sees them start as warm favourites. However, there’s no doubt that Pakistan boast the stronger bowling attack, as evidenced by the fact that they have conceded runs at just 6.51 an over compared to their opponent’s 7.33.

After two narrow losses to start their campaign, Pakistan have now won four games on the bounce, gradually improving with each match. Whilst England have had some enormous highs, they’ve struggled to string together consecutive performances and therefore the underdogs look significant value at the price.

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