New Delhi: Late innings batting collapses and a not-upto-the-par bowling attack notwithstanding, the bettors have tipped India to not only beat Australia in the quarterfinal on Thursday, but to go the whole distance and lift the Cup on April 2 at the Wankhede in Mumbai.
India take on four-time and defending champion Australia, whose 34-game World Cup unbeaten streak was halted by Pakistan on Saturday. The loss to Pakistan will only awaken them and even though a tight game is expected, top betting site Ladsbroke has reportedly given India favourable odds at 8/13, while for the Aussies, the figure is 5/4. Williamhill too has tipped India at 4/6 to beat Australia.
The favourable odds seem to stem from Australia's loss to Pakistan that has finally exposed the chinks in their once watertight armour. Even though Australia bounced back after the Ashes loss to hand England a 6-1 drubbing in the ODI series, there is no denying the fact that the current crop of players who have replaced the likes of Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist are not a patch on the stalwarts.
According to bettors, South Africa and Sri Lanka are the next two closest favourites to India to lift the Cup. According to Ladsbroke, India are likely to meet either of the two in the final and the odds in both scenarios are 5/1 in India's favour.
Ladsbroke has given the Proteas odds of 7/2 and Sri Lanka odds of 9/2 to win the title. Only one betting site, bet365, gives South Africa the top betting odds at 3/1, with India in second place.