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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Betting Tips 02/06/2021

Teams Status

New Zealand

The Black Caps return to the same venue where in 2019 they suffered the agony of being beaten in the greatest World Cup final by the slimmest of margins. The format is different but the memories could still haunt the Kane Williamson-led side, which will use the series with England as a tune-up for the all-important World Test Championship final opposite India.

Talking about Williamson, he will be the most dangerous man for the English bowlers as he is for most bowling units around the world. Such is his reputation that England’s Ollie Robinson recently admitted making plans specifically for the Kiwi captain, although Ross Taylor downplayed them, warning Robinson that almost nothing works against his star teammate.

While Williamson is an established star, Devon Conway, is expected to begin his Test career as a Lord’s debut pretty much beckons for the 29-year-old.

England

England are expected to hand debut to the aforementioned Robinson, who, it has been reported, has a knack for forensics and is thought of as a thinking fast bowler.

However, the 6’5 pacers shouldn’t have given up his plan to get Williamson out so publicly as it would only motivate the Kiwi captain to make his own counter strategy.

The match could be a historic one for veteran pacer James Anderson, who could equal Alistair Cook’s record of most Test caps for England. He currently is one shy of Cook’s tally of 161.

Anderson’s experienced will be much needed in the series as England are packed with newcomers as seven members of their squad have played five Tests or less. Two of them, including Robinson, have no experience of the format at this level.

What do the Sportsbook Say

England, as the home team, are the favourites. LeoVegas has them priced at 1.89 and New Zealand at 3.0, while draw is available at 5.0. Bet365 has England priced at 1.90, New Zealand at 3.0 and draw at 5.0. Lastly, 22Bet has England priced at 1.92, New Zealand at 3.005 and draw at 5.0.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Double chance bet – New Zealand or Draw @ 1.83

England are far more inexperienced than they’d like and facing an opponent that might be double motivated by the defeat of two years ago at cricket’s highest stage. Furthermore, in their last five Test meetings, New Zealand have three victories while England have none and two matches were drawn. More ballsy gamblers could back New Zealand for the win but for the faint of heart a double chance bet could be the best way to go.

Tip: Joe Root to score 50 runs in 1st innings @ 2.1

The English batting unit has several names that do not instill confidence or are yet to mark their mark on the game. It means that the burden of scoring and being the anchor lies on captain Joe Root’s shoulders. He averages 50.55 on home turf Tests. Expect him to score at least a half century in the first innings.

Conclusion

There is good value in the underdogs in this matchup. Root might play his part and a bowler or two might trouble the Kiwi batters but the tourists can get something out of it.

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