Asia Cup 2023: Finals Preview and Betting Odds

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Asia Cup 2023: Finals Preview and Betting Odds

The 2023 Asia Cup is currently taking place and it’s a One Day International tournament featuring India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal. The latter two have been eliminated, leaving the former quarter to go through to the Super Four where they will battle it out to reach the grand final on 17 September.

The tournament is being co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with this being the sixteenth edition of the Asia Cup, with the Sri Lankans having landed their sixth title last year when beating Pakistan in the final. It will now be interesting to see which team can triumph this time around, with India trading as betting favourites at the time of writing. 

India are regarded as the team to beat in the eyes of the bookmakers.

Teams in Focus

For many, INDIA are the team to beat. Rohit Sharma leads his country into battle and they were able to achieve a ten-wicket victory over Nepal during the group stage, which saw the skipper enjoy an unbeaten 74 runs from 59 balls. Ravindra Jadeja is one of many star turns with the ball and managed to take three Nepalese runs, while the Indians were in a strong position against Pakistan when mustering 266 runs before rain prevented further play.

PAKISTAN could end up meeting India in the final according to the latest cricket betting odds. They swept aside a modest Nepal team when putting together 342 runs at the expense of six wickets, with captain Babar Azam leading by example when reeling off 151 runs from 131 balls. More pertinently, the team won their opening Super Four clash when overcoming Bangladesh by seven wickets and Imam-ul-Haq was the chief run scorer.

SRI LANKA are the reigning champions and they won both of their Group B matches, claiming a five-wicket triumph over Bangladesh before a more slender two-run victory against Afghanistan. Kusal Mendis was able to rack up an impressive knock of 92 runs from 84 balls in the latter contest, with Kasun Rajitha taking four Afghan wickets in the same game.

Then we have BANGLADESH who are the outsiders of the Super Four teams after their defeat to Pakistan in Lahore. They did claim an impressive 83-run win over Afghanistan at the Gaddafi Stadium, with Mehidy Hassan managing to hit an unbeaten century. We also saw Taskin Ahmed star with the ball in that clash and take four wickets from his eight and a half overs.

Betting Odds for the 2023 Asia Cup

Team2023 Asia Cup Betting Odds
India1.80
Pakistan2.50
Sri Lanka9.00
Bangladesh26.00

Why is Cricket Betting so Popular?

Cricket is the most popular sport in India and a growing number of people are interested in placing bets on the big matches. Therefore, the 2023 Asia Cup presents an excellent opportunity to wager pre-match and In-Play on the various matches, with the latter involving customers staking money on the live markets as the action is taking place.

There are lots of ways to bet on the 2023 Asia Cup matches. You can simply wager on the winner of a specific contest, although there’s also the chance to bet on markets such as Top Batter, Top Bowler and Man of the Match. You can also bet In-Play and wager on how many runs a certain team or player will score. This is usually a two-way market where you can bet over or under a certain line. 

India are currently the odds-on favourite to win the 2023 Asia Cup, reflecting their ODI pedigree and the strength that they have in depth. Pakistan are trading at a slightly bigger price and it’s easy to see why they’re being respected by the betting sites. They have a squad that is bulging with quality and they’re accomplished with bat and ball.

Despite winning the 2022 Asia Cup, Sri Lanka are regarded as betting outsiders to retain their crown. Captain Dasun Shanaka will be encouraged by his team’s two victories during the group stage, with Matheesha Pathirana and Kasun Rajitha both starring with the ball. Bangladesh are not expected to win and could be making the numbers up against three stronger opponents. 

While Sri Lanka were able to land their sixth Asia Cup victory last year, they might have their work cut out when it comes to being champions again. Despite having home advantage, they need to finish above either India or Pakistan to qualify for the final in Colombo, although it’s not a task that is beyond them. However, the betting odds suggest that India and Pakistan will be lining up at the R. Premadasa Stadium on 17 September.

Asia Cup 2023 Insights

Despite having home advantage, Sri Lanka will need to finish above either India or Pakistan to qualify for the final in Colombo, although it’s not a task that is beyond them. However, the betting odds suggest that India and Pakistan will be lining up at the R. Premadasa Stadium on 17 September.

India boast a stronger pedigree in this tournament than rivals Pakistan, with the former having notched seven titles and three runner-up spots from their fourteen attempts. Conversely, Pakistan only have two triumphs to their name and perhaps there’s better value in siding with co-hosts Sri Lanka considering the remainder of games will be played in this country.