Bookies.com give punters four fantastic bets to take ahead of the first of three matches in Pakistan's adopted home the UAE
Ahead of Pakistan and England’s opening Test in the former’s temporary home, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in the UAE, we have come up with four top-price tips to take for a chance to win big…
Back Pakistan win
In England’s nine total Test series’ in Pakistan, or the UAE, they have won only twice and claimed just two match victories out of a possible 27. So, it is fair to say they will be up against it again in scorching hot conditions.
The visitors have also just been handed a blow with seam bowler Steven Finn, who looked impressive in the warm-up games this tour, ruled out of the first Test due to a foot injury. Therefore, back Pakistan to stay undefeated against all teams in the UAE.
BETTING TIP: Pakistan win first Test @ 13/10 with bet365.
No one to score a century
Last time these two teams met, also in the UAE back in 2011/12, not one player managed to hit a hundred in the first two Tests in any innings, with the only two tons coming in the third by Pakistan’s Azhar Ali and Younis Khan.
With the temperature set to be high, and low scores achieved in England’s warm-ups, batsmen could be out quicker than usual again, so take these very tasty odds.
BETTING TIP: No one scores a 100 in first Test @ 4/1 with 888.com.
Younis Khan top Pakistan batsman in 1st innings
Veteran batsman Younis is set to become his nation’s highest ever scoring player in Tests, and needs just 19 to do so.
As mentioned above, the now 37-year-old hit a terrific 127 in his last appearance against England and comes into this match after smashing an unbeaten 171 against Sri Lanka back in July.
BETTING TIP: Younis Khan top Pakistan batsman 1st inns @ 4/1 with Betfred.
Adil Rashid top England bowler in 1st innings
Although it will be his Test debut, Rashid has finally come of age and the leg-spinning all-rounder has shown his class in recent ODIs and in the warm-ups against Pakistan A.
In-form Yorkshireman Rashid, fresh from helping his county defend the division one championship, is of Pakistani heritage too, so will be fired up for this match in what will be a special occasion for him.
BETTING TIP: Adil Rashid top England batsman 1st inns @ 7/2 with Coral.