The BetDeluxe team goes through the best bets for the first three Group Stage fixtures ahead of the commencement of the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup.
There will not be too many household names going around in these matches, which makes it an interesting proposition to find our winners.
Oman vs. Papua New Guinea
October 17th 9:00pm
The two despised outsiders of the tournament begin their quest for unlikely glory when co-host Oman faces off against Papua New Guinea in the opening fixture of the T20 World Cup.
Oman rank as the clear favourite in this game, but interestingly it is Papua New Guinea who actually ranks higher on the ICC T20 rankings.
The home team will be reliant on Jatinder Singh with the bat.
Singh is averaging just a shade over 46 runs at a strike rate of 136.82 and ranks as the best batsman on the pitch.
Suggested Bet: Jatinder Singh top Oman batsman at $3.80
Bangladesh vs. SCotland
18th October 1:00am
Bangladesh will be well fancied to defeat Scotland in its opening ICC T20 World Cup fixture.
The Bangladeshi’s have a much more talented line-up that boasts a deadly spinning attack with the ball and good ball-strikers with the bat, which is pivotal to being a good T20 nation.
But, if history is anything to go, Scotland is not without a gambler’s chance here.
In the only match played between the two nations in T20 World Cup history back in 2021, it was Scotland who was triumphant by 34 runs.
Since then, Bangladesh has catapulted through the ICC T20 rankings to sit in sixth spot – one place above Australia!
Batsman Shakib Al Hasan and Litton Das will ensure the runs flow freely for Bangladesh, while it will be left to Mustafizur Rahman to weave his magic with the ball.
Mustafizur Rahman top bowler for Bangladesh at $3.75
Shakib Al Hasan top batsman for Bangladesh $4
Ireland vs. Netherlands
october 18th 9:00pm
Ireland and Netherlands do battle in their first respective match of the T20 World Cup in the warm surroundings of Abu Dhabi.
Ireland will go into this gave the rightful favourite with five places separating it and Netherlands on the ICC T20 rankings.
From an Irish perspective, Joshua Little and Craig Young are the bowlers to keep an eye on.
Little has shown his ability to take early wickets and stifle runs with the new ball.
Despite Ireland being the favourite, the T20 format is its weakest point across all levels of cricket.
Netherlands has grown into one of the more strongest associate nations in recent times and it would be looking to make a mark in the T20 World Cup.
Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackerman, Bas de Leede, Stephan Myburgh, and Ryan Ten Doeschate are all a part of the squad and are capable of making quick-fire runs to put the Irish bowlng attacking under pressure.
This shapes as a really competitive match.
Never though you would back Netherlands to win a cricket match… think again.
Suggested Bet: Netherlands head to head at $2.12