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We are just over halfway through the 2019 Cricket World Cup and if results go the way most bookies would expect over the next 72 hours the top four, who progress to the knockout stages, will be all but confirmed. If Australia complete victory over Bangladesh this afternoon, England beat Sri Lanka tomorrow and India beat Afghanistan on Saturday there will be a four-point gap between the top four and the remaining sides with only three games each to go.

Cricket has sacrificed itself at the alter of money for a long time and this is unequivocally being reflected on the field now, as the richest thrive, as evidenced so far by the 2019 Cricket World Cup

This is of course a great pity for an international event. The intrigue of a global event was at fever pitch only a fortnight ago as the world’s best players arrived in England for the seven week tournament that would finally confirm whether England really have become the best side around, whether Afghanistan could stun one of the leading sides with a shock win and whether Bangladesh could continue their remarkable rise up the rankings in all forms of international cricket.

After an initially promising start, results have sadly almost all gone to the more fancied and established sides and, at the time of writing this piece, there have been almost no shocks at all from the initial 25 games (of which four have been lost to the weather). This is not what a World Cup is all about and sadly if it continues down this path it is likely to lose a lot of the fantastic support and excitement that it has managed to achieve thus far.

We’ve seen most pertinently in football that predictable outcomes lessen the event itself and with the huge financial clout of the big English clubs the game has almost entirely lost the unpredictability that makes sport so entertaining and engaging. The top six clubs in England have so much money and so much power that it is hard to envisage any of them ever falling out of these positions and to an extent it makes the top tier of English football a little dull.

Of course, this could just be me but for fans outside of the top six the reality is that winning silverware or achieving titles are almost completely out of reach. Sadly, we might be seeing something similar emerging in cricket now and it is alarming.

It is no secret that Australia, England and India are the wealthiest cricket nations in the world. The power the BCCI, CA and the ECB have trumps every other board that has ever been established and their wealth is unparalleled. With these three and New Zealand seemingly guaranteed knock out places with almost half of the games remaining will the next fortnight become completely meaningless?

Whilst this tournament looks like being the first instance of this happening the fear that these three will now kick on and dominate the game for the foreseeable future is a concerning thing. One of the great levelers in cricket has always been that talent alone could propel a nation to glory but with the financial muscle available to the big three will anyone be able to pose a consistent threat to their dominance?

A ray of hope remains though, that perhaps Bangladesh will fight back this afternoon and cause the first major upset of this World Cup. However unlikely it seems victories for Sri Lanka and Afghanistan too could see the tournament given a new lease of life but, as even the most successful gambler will always tell you, the house always wins. World Cups are supposed to bring thrills, excitement and shocks aplenty but sadly this tournament looks like petering out before it has even ignited.

By Andy Hunter

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On Saturday, 25th May 2019, India and New Zealand meet each other ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The teams will play the first of two warm-up matches ahead of the 50 over tournament. Virat Kohli, India’s captain, and Kane Williamson, New Zealand’s captain, will lead their teams onto the pitch at The Oval. The match will give cricket bettors and fans a valuable chance to see the teams in action before the tournament starts proper.

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are aiming to find form ahead of the World Cup

India’s Batting Order

India knows which players are their openers and the number three. The number four batting position has had somewhat of a question mark ahead of the World Cup. In general, India does well in the One Day International format. Despite this, the team recently lost their first ODI series at home since 2015.

The team members are clearly in good form, having performed well in the Indian Premier League. However, balance is particularly important in selecting the batting order. Players to watch during the warm-up are vice-captain Rohit Sharma and left-arm wrist-spinner, Kuldeep Yadav. Both were not on top form during the Indian Premier League. We can expect that they will work hard to show they are back on form.

The team openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, followed by Virat Kohli, form a strong starting lineup. The three strong players play well in the 50-over format, and should give the team a good start. In addition to these strong batsmen, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, and Kedar Jadhav add depth to the batting order.

India has a number of good all-rounders in the team. As for spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, both wrist spinners, are an integral part of the team.

The Bet365 shows cricket betting odds of 3.00 that Virat Kohli will be the top batsman for the Indian team. Rohit Sharma is the next favorite with odds of 4.33. He is followed by KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan with odds set at 4.50 for top batsmen in the match against New Zealand.

India’s Skipper is On Form

Earlier this week, Rahul Dravid took to Twitter to comment on Virat Kohli’s playing ability. He Tweeted: “Virat just keeps improving, keeps getting better. He is setting bars and standards that possibly we thought would never be achieved.”

Keep an eye on Shikhar Dhawan. Since Shikhar first played in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, he has been India’s best run scorer in ICC tournaments. At the 2015 ICC World Cup, Shikhar added the most runs for his team. In addition to this, The Oval is a great venue for Shikhar. The left-hander has made two centuries at this venue. He definitely enjoys the batting conditions at The Oval.

The flat batting conditions at The Oval often results in high scores for both teams. Although it will most likely be partly cloudy, there is no rain predicted for the warm-up match.

Odds are On an Indian Win

Both India and New Zealand feel ready for the warm-up and are pleased with their teams. Bet365 odds are on India to win at 1.57. New Zealand’s odds sit at 2.37 for a win in the warm-up match.

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The Indian cricket team leaves for England on 22nd May 2019. India plays in two warm-up matches, one against New Zealand and the other against Bangladesh. India and New Zealand play on Saturday, 25th May, and India and Bangladesh play on Tuesday, 28th May. The teams play warm-ups ahead of the first ICC World Cup match on Thursday, 30th May.

India arrive in England with a good chance of regaining the World Cup

England and South Africa meet each other in the first match of this year’s Cricket World Cup. After a busy Indian Premier League, the Indian team has the chance to rest and practice before their first match. Meanwhile, cricket bettors and fans can look forward to India opening their World Cup campaign against South Africa on Wednesday 5th June.

Team India’s ICC World Cup Fixtures

  • Wednesday, 5th June: India plays South Africa at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.

South Africa’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 2.20 at Royal Panda.

  • Sunday, 9th June: India plays Australia at The Oval in London.

Australia’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 1.50 at Royal Panda.

  • Thursday, 13th June: India plays New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

New Zealand’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 2.20 at Royal Panda.

  • Sunday, 16th June: India plays Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Pakistan’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 2.75 at Royal Panda.

  • Saturday, 22nd June: India plays Afghanistan at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.

Afghanistan’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 15.00 at Royal Panda.

  • Thursday, 27th June: India plays the West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester.

West Indies’ odds of reaching the semi-finals are 2.75 at Royal Panda.

  • Sunday, 30th June: India plays England, the host country, at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

England’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 1.14 at Royal Panda.

  • Tuesday, 2nd July: India plays Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Bangladesh’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 13.00 at Royal Panda.

  • Saturday, 6th July: India plays Sri Lanka at Headingley in Leeds.

Sri Lanka’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 12.00 at Royal Panda.

Semi-Final and Final ICC World Cup Matches

There are 10 teams taking part in the ICC World Cup. Each team plays every other team once. The top four teams move through to the semi-final matches. India’s odds of reaching the semi-finals are 1.22 at Royal Panda. India is the second most likely team to reach the finals after England.

On Tuesday, 9th July, the first semi-final takes place between the 1st place team and the 4th place team. The match takes place at Old Trafford in Manchester. On Thursday, 11th July, the second semi-final takes place. This match sees the 2nd and 3rd place teams play against each other at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The winners of the first and second semi-final matches move through to the final match. The Final takes place on Sunday, 14th July, at Lord’s in London. India is highly likely to make it to the Final. The Royal Panda odds are set at 2.00. Odds are currently 1.72 if you think India will not make it to the ICC Cricket World Cup Final.

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Since 2008, the Proteas have been able to call on Hashim Amla time and time again during their hour of need. Indeed, it was the Durban born Amla that was seen as the replacement to Jacques Kallis who had carried out the role of Mr. Dependable with such distinction during the mid-90s up until 2014.  

Can Hashim Amla rediscover his best form in time for South Africa’s World Cup efforts?

When Kallis, the greatest South African player of all time, eventually decided to call time on his 19-year career there was an unexpected sense of calm around the rainbow nation given that Hashim Amla was, at the time, slaying every bowling attack the world had to offer with the utmost disdain. From Mumbai to Sydney, no one was spared the Amla treatment which is why a nation could come to terms with the retirement of their finest ever player.

With a huge smile, Hashim Amla raises his bat to acknowledge his teammates as he reaches his 36th ODI 50 off 40 balls. SA currently 64/1 after 10 overs. #ProteaFire #SLvSA pic.twitter.com/nSl8HSbpKU

— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 5, 2018

The baton was handed over on a warm day in Surrey when Jacques Kallis’ 180 odd runs was overshadowed by Amla’s record-breaking 311 at the Oval in 2012 against an English side that couldn’t stop the Proteas from passing the 600 run mark. All the evidence was that, in actual fact, the Proteas has a worthy replacement who was capable of taking them forward.

And that is exactly what Hashim Amla did in both red and white ball cricket up until around 2017. The rule of thumb with South Africa and Amla during that time was that if he scored runs, the Proteas would normally win. Those days, however, do seem far away now that the man dubbed the Silent Warrior, is not his usual self on the battlefield.

With only a couple of weeks to go before the World Cup starts, the 36-year-old is woefully out of sorts which is a grave concern for the country as they embark on trying to win the World Cup. Part of the reason South Africa are as far down in the latest cricket betting tips at 9/1 is that their star man no longer looks capable of holding the Proteas’ top order together.

In a desperate attempt to find some fluidity with the willow once more, Amla linked up with Proteas batting coach Dale Benkenstein at the end of April for a one-on-one clinic. South African fans will be hoping that has helped in some way but the worry is, that even if he were to begin to time it sweetly once more whilst facing a bowling machine in the nets, it doesn’t necessarily mean he will be able to replicate that form by the time Chris Woakes begins to steam in at the Oval on 30 May.

1??3?? days to go! pic.twitter.com/58IJ5JzEI6

— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 17, 2019

With that in mind, we often hear that form is temporary and class permanent so there should still be hope that Amla will come good but then again at 36-years old, could the time have just arrived when South Africa’s batting stalwart no longer has the power in him to succeed? Whatever the outcome, the 2019 World Cup looks to be Amla’s last hurrah in a Proteas shirt so the world can look forward to one last onslaught from the man they call the Silent Warrior.

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The West Indies may well have won the first two cricket World Cups in 1975 and 1979, but they haven’t won it since and not even made a final since 1983. In cricket World Cup betting, you’ll find the Windies priced at 14/1, alongside Pakistan and earlier this year, talisman-batsman Chris Gayle announced his retirement from One Day Internationals after the World Cup in England and Wales next month.

Can Chris Gayle conjure one more magic moment for the West Indies at a Cricket World Cup?

The Jamaican-born cricketer began his international career in 1999 and has featured for the Windies in every World Cup since. Despite pulling out of the international circuit to ply his trade in the Afghanistan Premier League in October 2018, the 39-year-old was re-called in February, ahead of the ODIs against England and subsequently, the World Cup. It wasn’t the first time he was missing from the international scene, having previously been out the team for 30 months after the 2015 World Cup, following a stand-off against the West Indies Cricket Board.

Gayle’s ODI record

Having made his ODI debut in 1999, Gayle recorded his first century three years later, against Kenya. He has to date recorded centuries in 25 matches, including two this year. During England’s tour of the West Indies in February, he scored 135 runs from 129 balls in Bridgetown and 162 from 97 in St. George’s, but on both occasions, the Windies lost the match. That double saw Gayle surpass 10,000 runs in ODIs. Currently on 10,151, he sits behind Brian Lara in second-place with the best record for the West Indies, and 14th overall for runs scored.

Gayle also holds the record for the most runs scores in a single One Day International and is the first (and currently, only) player to ever hit a double-century. He hit 215 in the 15th ODI between the West Indies and Zimbabwe at the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australasia. His records are admirable and include being the second-best batsman scoring 314 sixes in ODIs; however, he can also lay claim to being the man with the most sixes in an ODI series (39 in four innings against England in February).

World Cup record

In the last World Cup, Gayle hit the fastest double century, scoring 215 (as we mentioned) from 138 balls. The Windies went on to lose out to New Zealand in the quarter-finals, with Gayle contributing 61 runs, but the team losing by 143 runs in Wellington.

The quarter-finals in 2015 have been their best finish for some time. The Windies also made the last eight in 2011, losing out to Pakistan who managed to hit 113/0. Prior to that, they lost out in the Super 8 stage of the 2007 World Cup and failed to get through from the group stages in both 2003 and 1999.

Gayle’s World Cup record has seen him score 944 runs in 26 matches to date, amassing 90 fours and 37 sixes in that time. Despite a double-century over Zimbabwe, he’s yet to record 100+ runs any other time, but does have four half-centuries to his name.

His thoughts

There’s little doubt that Gayle’s experience and leadership skills will help spur on his teammates. Having previously captained the side, he was made vice-captain for the tournament, for which he said: (it was his) “responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team.

This will probably be the biggest World Cup, so there will be great expectations, and I know we will do very well for the people of the West Indies.”

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The 2019 Cricket World Cup, hosted by England and Wales, is almost upon us and defending champions Australia will be looking to retain their title. The Baggy Greens are the most successful nation to win the World Cup, having won on five occasions and between 1999 and 2007, they won it three times consecutively. You can find Australia at a price of 7/2 and in terms of Cricket World Cup odds, that makes them third favourite outright to win the tournament (behind England and India). But can Australia retain their title? Here we will discuss their chances.

Australia are no strangers to the Cricket World Cup trophy

They’ve beaten the odds before

In 1987, Australia were rank-outsiders for the championship with co-hosts India, the favourites to retain their title, having won in 1983. In the group stages, Australia were triumphant against India in their first game, winning by a run with a score of 270/6. They weren’t as successful in their second game against the holders, losing by 56 runs – but both teams made it through from group A to the knock-out stage. The Aussies were then triumphant against other co-hosts Pakistan, who were all out for 249; while the underdogs were 267/6.

Other rank-outsiders England beat India in the other semi-final, which set-up an intriguing final. Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. From 50 overs, the Aussies managed to score 253 runs; England were bang-on track for the most-part, but failed to score in the final over, losing by seven runs and handing a first World Cup victory to the Baggy Greens.

Australia currently find themselves fifth in the ODI team rankings, which has seen them move up one place from sixth – their lowest position for some 30-odd years. Again, they’re not the favourites to win the World Cup this year, but there’s no reason why they can’t win. As we will go on to mention, they’re successful and have some decent bowlers and big players back.

They’ve been successful on every continent

On every continent that the Cricket World Cup has been played, the Aussies have been successful. Starting with the aforementioned 1987 World Cup in Asia, to their treble of successful wins (in Europe, Africa and the Americas), and more recently, their 2015 win in Australasia. During their time as five-time champions, the Aussies have won 49 matches and lost only four. In the history of the World Cup, they’ve won 61 out of 85, the highest win percentage among all teams playing in the competition.

Their big boys are back

David Warner and Steve Smith are back in the Australia squad, following their year-long bans as part of the ball-tampering scandal. The duo (along with Cameron Bancroft who was banned for nine months) were fined and banned for their roles during the third Test in South Africa, back in March 2018. Both players have featured for their club teams in the Indian Premier League already and their returns will no doubt boost Australia.

Talking about the duo, legend of the game, Shane Warne, who famously received a 12-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance said: “Smith and Warner are going to be hungry, determined and excited to be back playing rather than worrying about answering questions. I think they’ll just be excited to get out and play and they’ll be determined to show how much they’ve missed the game and how good they are, and that could rub off on the team and take the team with them. I don’t think there will be any issue with Smith and Warner coming back”.

While former captain and current assistant coach, Ricky Ponting added: “India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up, then I think that team looks as strong as any. With the inclusion of two of the best one-day players in the world who have a lot of experience, all of a sudden the team starts looking a whole lot better”.

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England are rated as the bookmakers’ favourites heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup, as they aim to win the competition for the first time. The Three Lions will have home advantage in the tournament and are in red hot form with the white ball which makes them the team to beat this summer.

Jonny Bairstow is an important asset to England heading into the World Cup

The hosts named their 15-man squad last month, and it is full of depth with the bat and ball. Eoin Morgan will captain the side which has a very different look to it than the Test team. For years, the Test team has relied so heavily on the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but the ODI team is full of youth and a fiery determination.

Arguably the Three Lions’s biggest strength is the number of explosive players they have who can score runs quickly. Jonny Bairstow will open the batting and unless the opposition gets him early, he can give his side an electric start to their innings with his famous hard hitting.

The one player who has really taken England to a new level in recent years though has been Jos Buttler. As he proved in the tour of West Indies, he is an incredibly dangerous weapon to have in the middle of your batting line-up. The Lancashire man has been in great form recently in the IPL, where he has been one of the stars of the competition.

Watch Jofra Archer’s England debut from 10.30am on Sky Sports Cricket & Main Event! pic.twitter.com/cZc8z0kv7J

— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) May 3, 2019

There was no place in the squad for Jofra Archer, unfortunately, who has impressed recently for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash in Australia. Archer has played in the recent games against Ireland and Pakistan though and has not looked out of place. Therefore, it would be no surprise if England opted to take him in their final squad for the tournament.

England have cricket World Cup odds of 9/4 in the outright market for the competition, where they sit above India and Australia respectively. It is been a while since England have been the favourites for a one-day World Cup and there will be a lot of pressure on their shoulders. However, the young squad look to be fearless and ready to take centre stage this summer.

India Will Pose a Threat with Strong Batting Line-Up

The biggest threat to England in the tournament is likely to come from India. You only have to have to look at their squad to see how many stars they have, particularly with the bat. In Virat Kohli, they have the number one batsman in the world, who is well supported by the likes of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni.

Will Mitchell Starc finish with a ten-for? Nos. 10 and 11 batting #AUSvSL https://t.co/EzPUhX5JiI pic.twitter.com/ZMvUUr8tEh

— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 4, 2019

Australia are also serious contenders and probably have the best bowling attacking at the World Cup. Names like Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins will cause lots of problems and between them should pick up plenty of wickets. Australia won the last World Cup in 2015 and the defending champions will relish playing on some of the pitches in England, ahead of this year’s Ashes series.

The World Cup begins on May 30 when England take on South Africa at the Oval, while the final takes place at Lords’ on July 14 in what promises to be a bumper summer of cricket in England.

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If you follow the IPL, you will know all about the Chennai Super Kings. They won the toss and chose to bowl first at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. In the end, the Chennai Super Kings beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets. The final score saw Chennai Super Kings with 176/4 and Sunrisers Hyderabad with 175/3.

Will Channai Super Kings regain the IPL title?

In the previous match between the two teams last week, Sunrisers Hyderabad were favoured by IPL bookmakers and beat the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets. The match took place in the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. When the two teams met in Chennai, the tables were turned, and Chennai Super Kings won by six wickets.

Man of the Match

The Man of the Match award went to opener Shane Watson. There was no doubt that Watson would receive this award with his excellent run total of 96 runs. This included six sixes and nine fours.

Other players that contributed significant run totals included Suresh Raina with 38 runs, and Ambati Rayudu with 21 runs. The match ended with Kedar Jadhav at 11 not out, and Dwayne Bravo with 0 not out. MS Dhoni was next up to bat but the match was already won with Watson’s large run total.

Dhoni praised Watson, and noted the importance of giving individuals the chance to find their form. Watson thanked both Dhoni and Stephen Fleming for backing him even though he was not in good form. Backing Watson certainly paid off for the Chennai Super Kings.

Chennai Super Kings Upcoming Match

On Friday 26 April 2019, the Chennai Super kings play against the Mumbai Indians. Odds for this match on Bodog show 1.77 for Chennai Super Kings for a win. Odds stand at 2.35 for a Mumbai Indians win.

Points Table Update

  • The Chennai Super Kings still top the points table with 16 points. CSK has won eight out of 11 games played so far.
  • Delhi Capitals, in second place with seven wins out of 11 games played, and have 14 points.
  • The Mumbai Indians have won six out of 10 games. The team holds third place with 12 points.
  • In fourth place is Sunrisers Hyderabad. The team has won half their matches with five out of 10 games.
  • Kings XI Punjab has also won five out of 10 matches. KXIP and SRH each have 10 points.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have won less than half their matches so far with four wins out of 10 games. The team has eight points.
  • Rajasthan Royals have only won three out of 10 matches. The team holds the seventh position with six points.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore also have six points with three wins out of 10.

Who Will Win the 2019 IPL?

The odds at Bodog show Chennai Super Kings as the most likely winner of the 2019 IPL with 2.85 odds. Despite this, there are other teams that are still in the running for a possible win. At this time, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians both have a good shot with odds showing at 4.00. Sunrisers Hyderabad still stand a chance, but are less likely IPL winners. Odds are currently at 8.50 for a SRH win.

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The 2019 cricket World Cup is taking place in England and Wales this summer, but the Indian national cricket team will be bringing a little bit of home with them to the UK. The best cricket betting sites list India as the second choice behind England to win the World Cup at 3.75 odds.

Can home comforts lead India to another World Cup triumph?

In general, there are a limited number of days that close family may travel with Indian cricketers while on tour. Players requested an extension to the set time period for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. At this time, it appears that an extension is going through the approval process.

Cricket betting fans wonder how this will impact India and other national teams’ performance at the ICC 2019 World Cup.

Cricket players are under a lot of pressure when playing international tournaments, especially the Cricket World Cup. There are strong opinions that having family, or those that players are close to, takes some of the pressure off.

Players and the team management feel that the traveling time is far too long to consistently travel without family members. They sent requests to the Committee of Administrators at the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

According to the current rules, families may join for the first two weeks of a 45-day tour. At this time, it appears that the BCCI extended the time limit on family traveling with India’s World Cup players. The extension increases the time period to a maximum of between 20 and 30 days instead of just two weeks.

Cricket Player Family Traveling Complications

Part of the reason the Committee of Administrators is not keen to agree to too much family time is logistical. The BCCI staff book hotels, arrange transport, arrange match tickets, and much more. This is complicated when dealing with large numbers of people.

Last month, a BCCI official commented on the issue. He said: “If the team is traveling with fewer members, it is easier to manage. It’s easy for BCCI staff to make off field arrangements. Right from booking tickets to rooms, the entire management of handling the arrangement is with BCCI. It would be a logistical nightmare if this arrangement – of families traveling with the players – continues to be there in England for the entire duration of the World Cup.”

Last year, Virat Kohli, the team’s skipper, and other players, requested that family members join them. Although there was a large amount of overseas travel, the BCCI rejected the requests.

Potential Travel Plans

The final conditions are as yet unknown, but sources expect the BCCI to grant the extension. Kohli and his team leave for England just 10 days after the Indian Premier League’s final match. The team departs on 22nd May 2019. It is likely that families may join the team 15 days after they arrive in England for the World Cup.

India’s first World Cup 2019 match takes place on 5th June when they play against South Africa. After this match, their family members arrive in England. It is a longer time period than in the past. However, the time limit means that if India reaches the semifinals, families leave before this time.

It might not be perfect, but if the extended family travel time goes through, it is much better than before.

India Brings a Cook

The last time India toured England, there were few menu choices for Indian players at the hotel. Because of this, the team regularly ordered food from outside sources. To prevent this, and to ensure the players follow a specially designed diet, the team will have their own cook.

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Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals completed their match on Sunday evening with the Super Kings winning by eight runs putting the first week of the 2019 Indian Premier League to bed. This is gives us the perfect opportunity to review the Week 1 tournament stats for cricket fans and those who like to bet on IPL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Dave Warner wears the orange cap after week one of IPL 2019

Points Table Update: Sunday 31st March 2019

The Chennai Super Kings sit at the top of the points table. They are the only team with three wins, and no losses. Chennai Super Kings lead with six points with wins over the Rajasthan Royals, the Delhi Capitals, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The next four teams follow, each with two wins and one loss. With four points each are the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Delhi Capitals, and Kings XI Punjab.

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Rajasthan Royals.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Kings XI Punjab and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
  • Delhi Capitals beat the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • Kings XI Punjab beat the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians.

The Mumbai Indians, ranked sixth with one win and two losses, have just two points. Mumbai Indians beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore both sit with zero wins in three games, and zero points.

Batting Leaders

  • David Warner currently wears the Orange Cap with 254 runs in total. He also has the most fours with 23 fours so far.
  • The batting leader with the most sixes is Andre Russell. He also has the best strike rate at 243.28.
  • Jonny Bairstow currently holds this year’s IPL record for the highest score with 114 runs.

Bowling Leaders

After taking six wickets, Imran Tahir wears the Purple Cap. Deepak Chahar bowled the most dots with 36 dots.

Mohammad Nabi currently holds the records for the best bowling figures, the best bowling average, and the best economy. The stats for his records are as follows:

  • Best Bowling Figures: 4/11
  • The Best Bowling Average: 2.75
  • Best Economy: 2.75

Notable Points from the First Week

If the first week of the 2019 Indian Premier League is anything to go by, we have an exciting few weeks ahead of us. One match went into a Super Over, which was rather tense and exciting. The Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals battled it out with a three-run win to the Delhi Capitals.

There has been much controversy and social media activity after R Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler. While Ashwin played within the law of cricket, many argue it was not in the spirit of cricket. After three umpires consulted with each other, they allowed Ashwin’s actions. The mankading episode may be one of the most talked about IPL incidents in the history of the league.

David Warner, the Australian player, is back after a year’s ban from professional cricket after a ball tampering scandal. He is clearly on top form with the Orange Cap for the highest number of IPL runs so far. Warner plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team.

Cricket fans can take these IPL tips with them and punt on a few Week 2 matches. There are a number of great IPL betting sites with updated match odds.

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