These old enemies will meet for the first time in this tri-series tournament at the Providence Stadium, with winless South Africa hoping to get off the mark – and get one over on their nemesis Australia.
Match Betting & Game Preview
It was rather damning of West Indian cricket that, despite being able to field their strongest limited overs team in quite some time and coming into this match on the back of a morale-boosting win over the Proteas, they were thoroughly outclassed by Australia.
But in truth the Aussies deserve credit for the manner of their victory. Mitchell Starc bowled a feisty spell first up to remove both West Indian openers, before the spin duo of Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa combined with six wickets to bamboozle and ultimately bowl out their opponents for a paltry 116.
Despite a mini collapse in their reply, a classy half century from David Warner saw his side home with nearly 25 overs to spare.
The fact that this Providence track is proving receptive to spin will be of great joy to Australia, who have found a real gem in Zampa. He was hugely impressive in the recent IPL, and appears to have taken to international limited-overs cricket with aplomb. Combined with wily campaigner Lyon, the Aussies have a fearful duo in their midst.
Factor in the return of Starc after the best part of a year out with a potentially career-threatening ankle injury, and the Yellow Caps have every right to be in good spirits at the moment. Many of this side will also have good memories of playing the Proteas in 50 over cricket after handing them a 4-1 series defeat at the tailend of 2014.
South Africa were outgunned by the Windies in the opening tri-series encounter, and the tale of the tape there was the dominance of ball over bat. Sunil Narine bagged six South African scalps as they went from a position of authority at 130-3 to an evidently below-par 188 all out.
There were a few hiccups along the way in the West Indian run chase, and AB de Villiers will have been delighted with how his spin twins Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso performed. They took a combined 5-81 as the Windies crawled home with just eleven balls to spare.
So it’s early days in this tournament, but confidence and that ‘winning feeling’ could be the key factors here. Consequently, we’re more than happy to back an ever-bubbly Australia side at 1.67 with 888sport.
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Top Batsmen Betting Picks
It has not been a tournament to savour for willow-wielders thus far, with the highest individual scorer to date, Kieron Pollard, looking positively pedestrian for his 67 at a strike rate of dead-on 100.
Boundaries have been hard to come by, so punters will be looking for accumulators rather than bludgeoned to have on side in this market. For Australia, none are better at that than Warner, fresh from his IPL glory. He looks a must bet at 3.75 with Betfair.
Betting Pick: Starc’s ability to rifle through right handed openers with his crude in-swing, plus Lyon’s dominance of left handers, means that a right handed South African middle order batsman is the logical pick. Who better than De Villiers himself coming in at number four? Back him at an agreeable 4.00 with 888sport.
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Other Bet Tips
Of the 30 wickets to fall in the pair of matches at the Providence Stadium to date, 22 have been snaffled by the various spinners, tweakers and slowies that have taken to the field.
Betting Pick: There’s no need to deviate from this format, so let’s go with Lyon, who was unlucky to only bag three wickets in Australia’s first game, to be the leading wicket-taker for his side at 3.75 with bet365.
In the News
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