Punters are piling in to what they hope will be 2010’s first patriotic payout of the year
The patriotic punt will go into overdrive as England look to win it’s first world title in a major sport since the Rugby World Cup in 2003 but England have it all to do against pre-tournament favourites Australia and Paul Collingwood’s team are 11/8 with Paddy Power for the win.
Fancied by many shrewd punters England had been the value bet pre-tournament at a tasty 10/1 to go all the way.
England’s opponents in the final, the old enemy Australia, are 4/7 favourites to win their first T20 World Cup having been market leaders throughout the tournament.
KP To Take Centre Stage?
No one loves the big stage more than Kevin Pietersen and Paddy Power offer 12/1 the Hampshire batsman is named man of the match in Sunday’s final. With the good starts being made by openers Kieswetter and Lumb allowing KP to relax at the crease the big hitting number three is just 15/8 to score a 50, 11/4 to be England’s top scorer and who would write him off from hitting a rare T20 century at 33/1?
Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: “After a sensational tournament England deserve to find themselves in the final and punters are firmly expecting this to be the first patriotic punt of the year that pays off. But as ever the old enemy Australia stand in the way and it looks set to be a colossal battle.”
T20 World Cup Final
5/1 KP to be top overall batsman in the match
15/8 KP to score a 50
33/1 KP to score a century
Top England Runscorer
Top England Wicket Taker
Man of the Match
8 Lumb; 12 Pietersen, Bresnan, Collingwood; 14 Kieswetter, Yardy; 18 Swann, Morgan; 20 Broad, Wright
7 Watson; 9 Warner; 10 Johnson; 12 Clarke, Haddin, Nannes, Tait; 14 D Hussey; 16 White; 18 Smith; 20 M Hussey
Team to hit most sixes
England player to hit most 6s
Top Australian Runscorer
6/1 D Hussey
8/1 M Hussey