THE EDGE: The Edge previews the T20 World Cup clash between Canada v Ireland with a recommended BETDAQ bet.

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Canada v Ireland


The cricket World Cup continues on Friday with one fixture as Canada and Ireland clash on Betdaq Betting Exchange. This is a huge game for both sides, and while it might not be a glamorous fixture compared to the bigger names, the stakes couldn’t be higher here. After both sides lost their opening game, the loser here is going home. In a group with India and Pakistan, it was always likely that these two would be heading home after the group stage but Pakistan threw things wide open when losing to USA on Thursday. However, Ireland would have be fully expected to beat Canada and USA in this group on paper – anything bar two wins against the associate nations will be an embarrassment for Ireland after gaining full member status in recent years, but this USA side have been very impressive thus far.

Ireland still have a huge number of issues at home too. They have really struggled with money, and even couldn’t afford to pay for a home series with Australia this summer. When you can’t make it pay to host the World Champions, you know you have issues. Canada are definitely the weakest side in Group A – the USA have drafted in some Ex-International stars and that’s really paying off, and they might be able to beat Ireland at a later date too. After the Pakistan win and keeping their cool in the Super Over, you wouldn’t rule that out! There’s a huge gulf in class between the sides here again. It was mostly one way traffic for the favourites before USA shocked Pakistan – India absolutely steamrolled Ireland on Wednesday though; bowling them out for just 96 on a tricky wicket in New York.

Ireland now have to face the same wicket, and you can’t see it getting any better. As I said in my India v Ireland preview, a wicket this bad will definitely bring the sides closer together. If Canada win the toss and bowl first, we could easily be looking at Ireland struggling to get 100 again. That will definitely make the market interesting!


On paper, New York was going to be a brilliant venue. The ICC have long wanted to break America with cricket; this stadium was their showpiece. So far, it’s been a disaster. The wicket has been a huge issue – Sri Lanka only managed 77 all out in the first game and then Ireland were 96 all out. Indian fans were cheering Irish runs because they wanted the game to last longer. The cheaper stands were full but the experience ones ($1,000+) were empty – empty stands for an Indian World Cup game is basically unheard of. With the ticket prices, it’s likely the stadium will be empty for this game; that’s a very bad look for a World Cup. Apart from that though, it’s an absolute no brainer to bowl if you win the toss here given the wicket.


I felt the wicket would bring Ireland closer to India. Given India got to bowl first, that idea turned out to be completely wrong! I do feel with the wicket being so poor again that it could easily bring the sides a lot closer together, but only if Canada get to bowl first on it. I feel if Ireland bowl first we’ll see a similar game to the India one. To be honest, it’s hard to see either side posting a good score on the wicket if they bat first and while I know Canada are a limited side and could actually struggle to chase down 100; I still feel if they bat first then 4.4 offers good value. Only back Canada if they bowl first however.

The Edge Says:
One point win Canada (IF they bowl first) to beat Ireland at 4.4 on Betdaq Exchange

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I know we only have a sample of two games here, but we have watched enough to know that you generally don’t want to be on the batting side here. Even South Africa made hard work of chasing down the 77 from Sri Lanka in the opening game – it took them 16.2 overs! If that was the IPL it would be knocked off it 30 balls or less. It’s a no brainer to back the side who bowls first here, and then you can see what the score is at the innings break and decide if you want to switch or not. As I said above, don’t be surprised to see Ireland score around 100 if they bat first and then Canada to struggle to chase it down.

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