The ODI series is done and dusted, with Pakistan winning it by a 2-1 margin, in what was a well-contested series by both sides. Now, we shift our focus to the T20 series, with the side set to cross paths for the first of the three-match series this Saturday evening at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. While Pakistan are firm favourites to win the match, do not write-off the visitors, cause they have a knack of producing upsets. So, do not miss out on the action.
To double the fun, I have already assorted the top three bets for you and listed them below. Just go through my analysis and act accordingly to win loads of money by the end of the day.
I know this might raise a few eyebrows, but with the past records suggesting otherwise, we ought to take the risk. In the last five T20Is played by Pakistan, their opening partnerships registered - 2, 72, 6, 0, 15, having amassed a total of 95 runs, at a rate of 19 runs per match before the fall of the first wicket, with them registering more than 27 runs in just one of those matches. Now, that’s quite disappointing, especially with the likes of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order.
In the last four H2H matches against Zimbabwe, their opening stands were - 58, 13, 24, 21, having racked up a total of 116 runs, at a rate of 29 runs per match before the fall of the first wicket, even though they have crossed the 27-run mark just once. Meanwhile, in the last five matches at home, their opening stands read - 6, 0, 0, 9, 13, having registered 28 runs, scoring at a rate of 5.6 runs per match, with them failing to score at least 28 runs in none of those matches.
Why have we taken up this bet? Because this is a guaranteed one, with the Pakistan side filled with great strikers of the ball. In the last four matches, the number of boundaries hit by them were - 16, 15, 7, 17, having racked up a total of 55 boundaries, at a rate of 13.75 hits per match, with them hitting more than their opponents in three of those matches. Even in the last five H2H matches between these two sides, Pakistan have hit a total of 13, 9, 14, 8, 14, having struck a total of 58 boundaries, at a rate of 11.6 hits per match, with them being outnumbered in just one of those matches.
In the last five matches, Zimbabwe have hit a total of 13, 11, 13, 10, 16, with them having the upper hand in just one of those matches, with them even playing associate members like Nepal and Singapore. Zimbabwe have played only two matches in Pakistan so far, with them being outnumbered in terms of boundaries hit in each of those matches. There is no option but to invest on this bet, with money waiting on the other side.
Does this look like a very risky bet? Then read along. In the last four matches against Pakistan, the number of sixes hit by them were 7, 4, 3, 1, having managed to clear the ropes a total of 15 times, at a rate of 3.75 hits per match, with them hitting at least five in just one of those matches. On the other hand, Pakistan have conceded 18 sixes in the last four matches, at a rate of 4.5 hits per match, with them shipping in more than 4 sixes in two of the above-mentioned matches.
In the last four matches Pakistan played at home, the Asians have let in just 16 sixes (3, 3, 3, 7), shipping in at a rate of 4 hits per match, with them conceding more than four in just one of those matches. In two T20Is Zimbabwe ever played in Pakistan, only once have the visitors hit more than 4 sixes, so we can expect a repeat soon, with no such big hitters in their squad. I have already placed my bet. What about you?
Pakistan total at the fall of 1st wicket - under 27.5 runs @ 1.85 (Sportsbet.io)
Pakistan to hit more boundaries @ 1.50 (Bet 365)
Zimbabwe to hit under 4.5 sixes @ 1.72 (Bet 365)