Mumbai, April 2: With the big match between India and Sri Lanka all set to begin and the World Cup 2011 hanging in the balance, punters throughout the world will be eager to place their money on the team likely to win the match various other criteria.
Right now the betting syndicates have projected India as being the more probable winner of the contest with Coral placing the odds at 31/50 or 1.62 which means that if the bettor makes a bet of $100, he or she will earn $162 in the event of an India victory. Meanwhile, the odds for Sri Lanka to make it have been fixed by Sportingbet at 8/5 or 2.60 which means if one bets $100 on a Sri Lankan win and that happens, the bettor will take away $260.
Similarly, the odds of India coming up with the higher opening partnership in teh tournament's final encounter have been set at 1.83 while for Sri Lanka, it is 2.00. This is an interesting set of odds considering that Sri Lanka's openers have been more successful than India's openers by 33 per cent in terms of runs scored.
The odds also project that Sachin Tendukar has an even chance to become the tournament's top run getter, even though he currently trails his opposite number Tillakaratne Dilshan by 4 runs going into the final. Dilshan is 5/4 with Coral to finish above Tendulkar and other contenders such as team-mate Kumar Sangakkara, who is fourty odd runs behind at 417.
Meanwhile, Tendulkar is the most likely to top-score for his side in the final at odds of 3.75, while Sehwag is right behind him at 4.75, followed by Gautam Gambhir at 6.00, Yuvraj Singh at 6.50 and Virat Kohli at 7.00.
India's most successful bowler in terms of taking wickets is not surprisingly Zaheer Khan, whose odds, (after him having taken the second most number of wickets in the tournament at 19) stand at 3.75, followed by Harbhajan Singh at 4.33 and R Ashwin and Munaf Patel at 5.50 each. These are credible projections considering that the pitch at Wankhede is supposed to be a slow turner.
The odds for Sri Lanka's top run scorers in the final show Dilshan at the head of the chart malong with Sangakkara at 4.50, followed by Upual Tharanga at 5.00 and Mahela Jayawardene at 6.50, which is suprising since this batsman has only averaged 25 in the tournament so far.
So, one will have to wait for the day to see how these figures translate to the play on the field and whether they will prove to move in consonance with the dynamic of the game or not...