The ICC Champions Trophy is being held hostage by the vagaries of the English weather, with a mix of voided games and Duckworth/Lewis determined truncated matches ensuring that outright results have become something of a lottery.
The forecast for today’s match-up between powerhouse India and a depleted Sri Lanka at the Oval is for a dry but murky day, possibly descending into rain later on. We could have a repeat of yesterday’s D/L inspired win for Pakistan over South Africa.
Both teams will want to bat second to benefit from controlling the D/L equation.
Betting on outright markets is fraught – but one way the weather can assist is the Top Match Batsman market (offered by Skybet and Paddy Power). The team batting first may well end up batting a significantly higher number of overs than the chasers. That team is set to be India.
India’s captain and probably the best one-day batsman in the world is Virat Kohli. He is around 5/2 to top their batting scores, but is a more generous 9/2 with Skybet to top the match scores. This has to be taken given the potential added overs advantage.
This is a pricing rick – and one well worth taking in style as a 2pt bet.
Recommendation: V Kohli, Top Match Batsman, 2pts win 9/2, Skybet
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