Bookies ride on Rs 6000 cr over "mother of all matches"

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MS Dhoni-Shahid Afridi
Mumbai, Mar 29: Calling it the “mother of all matches", the bookies plan to play to the hype and reap millions out of the game. A god-send of a game, the bookies want to redeem the charm and wants to take on to the motto, 'If cricket is a religion in India, Sachin is God'.

Though the sleuths are keeping a close eye on the bookies, the business is flourishing especially when India is playing arch-rivals Pakistan in a match that is sure to put viewers on the edge of their seats.

An estimated Rs 6000 crores is expected to change hands by betting syndicates over the India-Pakistan semi-final match in Mohali tomorrow. The bookies have already made a beeline for the venue to have an advanced look out for popular sentiments that seem to be the main criterion for betting.

It may not come as a surprise that Indians are the clear favourites at 62 paise and Pakistan set at Rs. 1.58 according to bookies ' parlance. There are all sorts of permutation combination's being calculated by the bookies whose knowledge of the game is envious. They have predicted that if India wins the toss and elects to bat first it will score somewhere around 265-275, and will go up by 310-320, if Pakistan elects to bat first. Pakistan's high score is because of India's not-so-impressive bowling that has not shown any wonders yet.

Money seem to be trading from channels rampant in Pakistan and India especially through hawala channels in Dubai that is the hub of illegal/black money transactions. India's master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's 100th century has also stolen considerable limelight and the bookies are also cashing on it. According to sources, the going rate for Sachin scoring a century is Rs. 4.05, and a half-century going at Rs. 1.50. There are also reports saying that Sachin's century is grabbing more limelight than the match itself. There is an estimated Rs 100 crores riding on just Tendulkar's century.

A senior bookie has been quoted as saying to the newspaper MiD Day, “With more bets on Sachin scoring a century, bookies expect that the turnover from the India-Pakistan match could be between Rs. 6,000 and 10,000 crore." With Afridi making comments that he will not let Sachin score his 100th century in this match, the bookies are having a field day making such comments work to their advantage.

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