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ICC Champions Trophy: India favourites vs Pakistan; bookies bet ENG to win Cup

India play Pakistan in their opening ICC Champions Trophy match in Birmingham on June 4. The Indian cricket team are the defending champions. However, bookies are tipping hosts England to win the Cup this time

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: May 31, 2017 12:16 IST
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Virat Kohli will lead the Indian cricket team in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. India play Pakistan in a group B match in Birmingham. This match will see a full house at Edgbaston.
Virat Kohli will lead the Indian cricket team in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. India play Pakistan in a group B match in Birmingham. This match will see a full house at Edgbaston. (Getty Images)

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will start on Thursday and so will the betting season. The Champions Trophy will see the world’s best eight cricket teams battle for supremacy. Bookies are betting England to win the title.

England lost a rain-hit final vs the Indian cricket team in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. England have endured plenty of limited-overs anguish in major tournaments over the years but they have a golden opportunity to claim a first ICC Champions Trophy on home soil. (RESULTS | SCHEDULE)

According to the bookmakers, England are followed by Australia and South Africa. India are the fourth favourite team to clinch the trophy. (TEAM PROFILES)

But all eyes will be on the Champions Trophy group B blockbuster in Birmingham on June 4 (Sunday). India clash with Pakistan and bookies are tipping Virat Kohli’s men to beat their arch-rivals. Bookies have placed the odds of 50 paisa on India with Rs 1.44 on Pakistan.

The odds

Overall, bookies are offering odds of Rs 4 on England (for a rupee’s bet), Rs 4.4 for Australia, Rs 4.7 for South Africa and Rs 5.9 for India to win the tournament. While Bangladesh stands the least favourite to win with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and New Zealand above them, respectively.

Lower the odds, higher are the perceived chances of a team winning.

So if a person bets Rs 100 on England and they go on to win the tournament, the person wins Rs 400 since the team they bet on, are the favourites, while a bet of Rs 100 on Bangladesh would fetch returns of Rs 6,500 as they are the least favourites.

The main factors

These odds fluctuate constantly in the run-up to any match and are finalised the day before the encounter. The weather, pitch condition and injuries to players are among the factors that influence these odds.

The rates offered by the bookies indicates that they are expecting England and Australia from Group A to qualify for the semi-finals with India and South Africa from Group B.

England and Australia are favourites to reach the final of the ICC Champions Trophy on June 18.

David Warner top bet

Australian opener David Warner is considered the top run scorer of the whole tournament (a Re1 bet would earn you Rs 10) followed by the Indian captain Virat Kohli (Rs 11) and Australian captain Steven Smith (Rs 12). England’s Joe Root (Rs 11.5) and South Africa’s AB De Villiers (Rs 14.5) stand fourth and fifth among the top run getters.

Australian dominate the bowlers’ category. Michael Starc is favourite to take most wickets (Rs 9.8) followed by England’s Adil Rashid and South Africa’s Imran Tahir. Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is in the fifth position (Rs 15).