Pakistan’s historic win at Lord’s, in the first of the four-test series, has changed the perceptions about the team and the cricket betting odds. Now Pakistan are the favourites to win the series. 12 bet offers 2.10 for a Pakistan series win, 3.00 for an England series win and 3.50 for a series draw. As things stand now, a draw will be a difficult proposition, though not improbable. A lot will depend on the outcome of the second test at Old Trafford, Manchester, starting tomorrow (July 22).
Anderson will be back
If England are looking for a momentum-changer, they have one coming in the form of James Anderson. Old Trafford is not a prolific hunting ground for Anderson. He has taken 17 wickets from five matches – not bad, but a below par by his standards. He will be keen to make an impression as England needs a quick turn-around. But it will not be easy for him to hit the top rhythm from the word go.
Bounce will be key
Old Trafford is perhaps the bounciest pitch among England test venues. Tall fast bowlers used to chip away with wickets. Last time England met Pakistan, Steve Harmison took 11 wickets to help England win by an innings and 120 runs. In the last test played here, between England and India, Stuart Broad took six wickets on the first day to lay the foundation for another innings win.
Broad had a poor first test, and he will be eager to bounce back. Steven Finn is another one who is an ideal candidate for this pitch. But he may not get a chance because of prolonged poor form.
Pakistan bowlers, unlike their batsmen, will not be too concerned about the bounce. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir can exploit the bounce on offer. But they were inconsistent in the first test. If you can figure out how they are going to perform, you can hit the jackpot with cricket betting.
England had an excellent recent record at Old Trafford. They have won five of the last six tests at this venue. In fact, England have lost just one match at Old Trafford in the last 10 test outings. Their previous defeat came in 2001. Guess who defeated them? Pakistan, who else.
Pakistan can take inspiration from that stat. Their batting, however, needs to improve. Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq carried their batting at Lord’s. The betters will need a better outing this time against the reinforced England bowling attack.
Who is going to win? England will have the edge, even though the betting odds favour Pakistan. If you are looking to wager on individual performances, here are our tips for cricket betting @ 12 bet. Watch out for Joe Root with the bat and Stuart Broad with the ball.
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