2019 Cricket World Cup To Finish Bottom - Poor form set to continue for The Lions

Sri Lanka to take World Cup wooden spoon
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Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga was sacked as One Day International captain in April this year (Getty Images)


2019 Cricket World Cup To Finish Bottom Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


The 1996 Cricket World Cup winners, Sri Lanka are in disarray both on and off the field. Just a month ago the board decided to sack One Day International captain, Lasith Malinga and appoint Dimuth Karunaratne to the role. Considering their off-field issues and poor form on it there is good value for them to finish bottom at the 2019 Cricket World Cup at 5.00.

2019 Cricket World Cup Team To Finish Bottom Betting Odds


There is good value to be found in the 2019 Cricket World Cup team to finish bottom market with Afghanistan the favourite at 2.50 to claim the dreaded bottom spot. They are closely followed by Bangladesh at 3.25 and Sri Lanka at 5.00. The West Indies are next in line at 21.00 with Pakistan at 26.00 and New Zealand at 41.00.

The rank outsiders to finish bottom are South Africa at 51.00, Australia at 100.00, India at 250.00 and England at 500.00.

Team
Odds
Afghanistan2.50
Bangladesh3.25
Sri Lanka5.00
West Indies21.00
Pakistand26.00
New Zealand41.00
South Africa51.00
Australia100.00
India250.00
England500.00

Sri Lanka's Recent Form


Sri Lanka are in horrible ODI form having only won six of their 25 ODI matches since the beginning of 2018. The six wins that they did get were all on the sub-continent – three in Bangladesh and three in Sri Lanka.

In 2017, at the ICC Champions Trophy in England, they finished bottom of their group that included South Africa, India and Pakistan. Although they managed an upset win over India, chasing down 321, they lost to both Pakistan and South Africa comfortably.

Post the ICC Champions Trophy, 2018 started on a sour note when they lost to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Dhaka. That was followed by series’ defeats to South Africa (twice), England and New Zealand. This latter run lasted from 29 July 2018 to 16 March 2019 which saw the The Lions win only three from 20 games.

In England, where the Cricket World Cup takes place in 2019, Sri Lanka has played on eight occasions since the start of 2016. Of those eight games, they won one game (vs India 2017), tied one (vs England 2016) and lost five with one no result.

Sri Lanka Players Form


Much can be seen in the ICC ODI batting and bowling rankings with regards to Sri Lanka’s form. Their highest ranked bowler is all-rounder, Akila Dananjaya who is ranked at 13th. They do not have another bowler ranked within the top 40 of the world.

Their batting makes for even worse reading with no batsman from Sri Lanka ranked within the top 30 of the ICC ODI batting rankings. Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Mathews are their highest ranked batsmen, level in 34th position.

In a day and age where ODI cricket has become a batsman’s game 300 is no longer considered a big total, especially in England’s batsman friendly conditions. Sri Lanka has only managed to cross the 300 run mark on three occasions in their last 25 matches.

Sri Lanka cricket team celebrating
Sri Lanka celebrate a wicket during the recent tour to South Africa (Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Key Statistics


  • Sri Lanka has won 6 of their last 25 ODI matches (home and away).
  • Sri Lanka has no batsmen ranked in the top 30 ODI batsmen in the world.
  • Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya is their only bowler ranked (13th) in the top 40 ODI bowlers in the world.
  • Sri Lanka has won only 1 of their last 8 matches in England.
  • Sri Lanka has only scored 300 on 3 occasions in their last 25 ODI’s.
  • Sri Lanka are ranked 9th on the ICC ODI Rankings.

Verdict


Over the last 18 months Sri Lanka has shown little to suggest that this World Cup will be a fight for anything more than the wooden spoon. Considering that and their record outside of the sub-continent, I am tipping them to finish bottom of the Cricket World Cup at 5.00.

Best Bet: Sri Lanka To Finish Bottom at the 2019 Cricket World Cup @ 5.00 at bet365 – 4 Units
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Ralph Staniforth 17 May 2019

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