THE EDGE: The Edge previews the Cricket World Cup clash between AUSTRALIA v SRI LANKA with a recommended BETDAQ bet.

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Australia v Sri Lanka


A new week at the Cricket World Cup starts on Monday on BETDAQ Betting Exchange, and we have two sides who desperately need a win as Australia meet Sri Lanka. It’s been a terrible start to the tournament for both sides, and now they have to pull off an upset somewhere to have a chance of getting into the Semi-Finals. For Sri Lanka, they weren’t expected to get close to the top four however for a side with such a rich cricketing history they have been a little embarrassed so far. They conceded 428/5 against South Africa, and then Pakistan chased down 344/9 against them for a record World Cup chase. You can’t blame the batters for where they are!

Australia would have been largely expected to lose against India; they are the tournament favourites with home advantage after all. That loss was fine in terms of getting to the Semi-Finals, but their loss against South Africa puts them in huge trouble. Especially with New Zealand beating England in their opening game too; that leaves Australia needing to beat England, New Zealand and Pakistan while hoping South Africa slip up somewhere too. They are still bang in the tournament, but they need results to go their way now for the Semi-Finals, and they can’t afford anymore slip ups either – especially against a side like Sri Lanka.

We all know Australia have a reputation of struggling against spin in the middle overs, and they just have to find a way to deal with conditions. That’s basically as simple as it gets; conditions aren’t going to change – it’s a World Cup in India after all! It will be fascinating to see can they cope with the Sri Lankan bowling as that has looked very poor so far. Australia’s tournament is on the line here!


When the fixture list came out, Australian fans must have rolled their eyes. An opening game against India in Chennai followed by two games at Lucknow – the two slowest wickets that will take spin in the tournament in my opinion. They couldn’t even handle conditions against South Africa, collapsing for 177 all out. It’s OK to collapse against India here, but collapsing against South Africa is obviously a major red flag. Sri Lanka have been in great form with the bat – they need to bat first and put the pressure on in my opinion.


This is a very interesting situation. I wouldn’t have great confidence in either side; in fairness if Australia are struggling with the bat Sri Lanka are probably a good side to play with their poor bowling. Conditions will suit Sri Lanka here though; even allowing for the fact Australia have played their last game here too. I feel Sri Lanka need to bat first and try get to 300, then see how much pressure they can put on Australia given their middle order collapses. I’m going to keep stakes small, and back Sri Lanka at 3.7 if they bat first.

The Edge Says:
One point win Sri Lanka (if they bat first) to beat Australia at 3.7 with Betdaq Exchange

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There’s definitely a few situations I want to avoid here, and that will lead the way to trading strategy given both sides are struggling! I want to avoid being on Australia while batting, and I want to avoid being on Sri Lanka while bowling; that means sitting out of the market for half of the game here! I have no confidence in either side in those departments – the Sri Lankan bowling has poor exceptionally poor but how can you trust the Aussie batting based on what we’ve watched so far. I feel the best trade will be supporting Sri Lanka if they bat first.

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