ICC Trophy will see hot betting on top batting

The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2009, to be held in South Africa, starting on September 22, will see the horse-racing bookies working full stretch as punters crowd venues to bet on their favourite cricketers and teams.

Sri Lanka has been slotted at 6/1 as fourth favourite to win the championship, behind host nation South Africa at 3/1, followed by India at 4/1 and Australia at 9/2.

Punters will be able to watch the matches live on giant screens, alongside coverage of the daily horse races in England and elsewhere in the world, at betting venues throughout the country.

Tillekaratne Dilshan is the first favourite for Batsman of the Tournament at 14/1, while Lasith Malinga and teammate Ajantha Mendis share first favourite slot for Bowler of the Tournament at 12/1.

Bets are also being accepted for top batsman in every winning team. Here too Tillekeratne Dilshan is first favourite at 9/4, followed by Kumar Sangakkara at 7/2, and master blaster Sanath Jayasuriya at 5/1.

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