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25th February 2011, 6:01pm

Cricket World Cup Betting: Johnson into 5/1 for top bowler after 4 wicket haul against the Kiwis

Friday saw a double header played in the Cricket World Cup with Australia taking on New Zealand in Nagpur in the early game before Bangladesh hosted Ireland in front of a raucous crowd in Dhaka. Australia comfortably beat New Zealand by 7 wickets with Mitchell Johnson once again starring, taking 4 wickets. Bangladesh then ran out winners over Ireland by 27 runs to kick start their tournament.

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After the convincing win over New Zealand most bookmakers have shortened Australia into 5/1 to retain the World Cup although Skybet are still going a standout 6/1. Ricky Ponting’s men have two wins from two matches and both very comfortable too and one more win will surely be enough to progress so they are looking in a good position with Kenya and Canada still to play in the league phase.

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Bangladesh have also been cut for the tournament after a shaky win over Ireland. The home side made just 205 from their 50 overs and at one stage Ireland were looking good to chase it down but a good spell late on from Shafiul Islam brought the match back in Bangladesh’s favour. Bangladesh are a top price of 50/1 at Boylesports and Victor Chandler.

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Johnson’s 4 wickets sent him two clear of Hamish Bennett at the top of the wicket taking pile. Mitchell Johnson is now a top price of 5/1 with Sportingbet to go on and be the top wicket taker of the tournament, a bet which may be strengthened with Dougie Bollinger being ruled out for the tournament leaving no immediate replacement in the squad for Johnson so resting him appears to be an option Australia don’t have. Bennett is 25/1 despite having 6 wickets to his name already although New Zealand’s poor form could cost him if they go out early on.

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