Here are four cricket betting tips that Adam Drury thinks you should consider for the first ODI between England and Pakistan in Cardiff on Thursday.


Pakistan to win

The reserve team that England have been forced to field in this series is clearly talented, but was hurried together at the last moment and will surely struggle against Pakistan’s first XI in the opening ODI.

The tourists have won six of their last eight completed ODIs.

Over 22.5 Pakistan fours

Pakistan passed this mark in two of their three ODIs in South Africa in April, largely thanks to Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam.

The pair will line up against a reserve England line-up here and can take advantage once more.

Fakhar Zaman to be Pakistan’s top run-scorer

Fakhar is somewhat feast or famine, scoring either more than 40 or fewer than 15 in each of his last 12 ODI innings.

That he finished the tour of South Africa with back-to-back centuries, including a 193, suggests that it’s worth backing him to have a good day against a weak England attack.

Shaheen Afridi to be Pakistan’s top wicket-taker

Shaheen is one of the most exciting young bowlers in the world, with his ODI record particularly spectacular.

The 21-year-old has taken 51 wickets in 25 one-day internationals, bagging at least two in eight of his last 12.


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