The second round of matches in the Cricket World Cup are underway in Australia and New Zealand, with some marquee matchups set to take place in the coming days. The favorites of the tournament are South Africa, New Zealand, India and Australia. India look especially strong after their win over Pakistan in the first round of matches. The odds are one of those four countries will leave the tournament as World Cup champions.
The handful of matchups in the coming days feature some great players and interesting storylines, as well as some interesting betting lines.
England vs. New Zealand, Thurs. Feb.19, 8 p.m. ET
The line is a bit tighter for the matchup between the co-hosts and England. New Zealand is expected to be a competitor to win it all after a strong start. They’re favored at (-200). England looked strong in their loss to Australia and get (+165) odds.
Pakistan vs. West Indies, Fri. Feb 20, 5 p.m. ET
Pakistan are the favorites at (-170) coming off a loss to India. The West Indies are the underdogs at (+140) after suffering a tough loss to Ireland in their first matchup
Australia vs. Bangladesh, Fri. Feb 20, 10:30 p.m. ET
The other co-hosts are a strong favorite at (-3,330) after dispatching England in their first matchup of the World Cup. Bangladesh (+1,100) beat Afghanistan in their first matchup but have a tall task in trying to beat the Aussies, who are perhaps considered the favorites to win the entire tournament.
Australia - 13/8
South Africa - 10/3
New Zealand - 7/2
India - 8/1
England - 12/1
Sri Lanka - 20/1
Pakistan - 25/1
West Indies - 40/1
Ireland - 150/1
Bangladesh - 250/1
Zimbabwe - 500/1
Afghanistan - 1000/1
Scotland - 1000/1
United Arab Emirates - 2000/1