Cricket Best Bets: Australia Favored to Claim ICC T20 World Cup

The battle for the 2021 ICC Men’s ICC Top20 World Cup will be decided on Sunday, when Australia takes on archrivals New Zealand as heavy -165 favorites. The Aussies punched their ticket to the ICC Top20 World Cup final for the first time since 2010 with a narrow victory over Pakistan by just five wickets, while the Kiwis get set to make their debut in the World Cup final after disposing of a heavily favored squad from England.

MyTopSportsbooks takes a look at all the odds and trends as this weekend’s tournament final. Sports bettors getting in on cricket betting action for the first time should refer to our FAQ for tips on how to hone their betting strategies.

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New Zealand Emerging as Giant Slayers

New Zealand has enjoyed a solid run since opening this year’s tournament trailing the favorites in early 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup betting as a lengthy +650 wager. The Kiwis needed narrow victories over Afghanistan and India to claim second place on the Group 2 table in Super 12 action. But the New Zealanders rose to the occasion in their semi-final matchup with England, posting a slim victory by five wickets to claim their eighth win in 20 meetings, and successfully avenge their heartbreaking loss in the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

After slaying the English giant, New Zealand faces a mammoth challenge in Sunday’s date with Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Kiwis emerged victorious when these two sides met earlier this year, eking out a narrow 3-2 T20I series win. New Zealand had marched out to a quick 2-0 series lead in those March matchups before allowing the Aussies to bounce back with a pair of crushing victories to force a fifth and deciding match. That win marked a massive change in fortune for New Zealand, who had fallen to defeat in seven of nine Twenty20 International tilts with Australia since 2005.

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Aussies Aim to Overcome Past T20 World Cup Disappointments

Pegged as a lengthy +600 bet on the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup early odds, enjoyed a steady run through the Super 12, racking up a 4-1-0 record, with their lone defeat coming at the hands of Group 1 winners England. However, Australia had their hands full in their semi-final matchup with Pakistan, escaping with the victory by just five wickets. And while they are delighted to make a long awaited return to the T20 World Cup final, it is tough to overlook the squad’s dismal track record in recent appearances at this event. Australia failed to get past the Super 10 in their past two appearances at this tournament. They have also made speedy exits in two of their three previous trips to the semi-finals, and were outclassed by England in their only previous trip to the final, back in 2010.

However, a fit of bad temper has provided the Australians with a slight edge going into Sunday’s contest. New Zealand will reportedly be without Devon Conway for the final, after the star wicketkeeper-batter suffered a broken hand after punching his bat in the wake of being dismissed from the squad’s semi-final meeting with England. Conway played a crucial role in the Kiwi’s victory over England, with a knock of 46, and 129 runs in six innings at an average of 32.25 in the World Cup. His absence has forced the team to fly in a replacement all the way from New Zealand for Sunday’s final, and new Zealand’s subsequent T20 series against India, which gets underway next week.

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