In what we felt was going to be a tight series, India have stormed into a 2-0 lead and have made short work of hosts South Africa in the opening ODIs. From pre-tournament favourites, the home side are the outside punt and must now win in Newlands on Wednesday to stay in the series but they’ll have to do it without skipper Faf Du Plessis who is ruled out for the remaining fixtures with a fractured finger.
It’s all looking very positive for Virat Kohli’s India ahead of this third match but do the bookmakers agree?
Following those opening wins, the result market has shifted completely and India go into Wednesday’s game as odds-on favourites to take the victory. Kohli’s men are on offer at 1.50 with Betfair while Betway have the South Africans down at 2.75.
If you’ve been reading previous reviews then you’ll know we’ve been expecting a close series but it’s hard to see past India now. South Africa seem to have no answer to the spin attack and with Du Plessis and De Villiers missing, we think that the tourists can take full advantage once again.
Match Odds Summary: South Africa 2.75 (Betway), India 1.50 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick)
India’s batters had little chance to really impress at Centurion but while Rohit Sharma failed again, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan calmly guided the tourists home. With a century in the first game added to that unbeaten 46, Kohli starts as favourite to top score once again at a shorter price of 3.30 with Betfair while Shikhar Dhawan follows in second place at 4.33 with Betfair again.
Rohit stays at 4.50 with Betfair while Ajinkya Rahane may be a tempter at 6.00. Providing the value, if they are needed, are MS Dhoni at 8.50 and Hardik Pandya at an excellent 18.00 – all with Betfair once again.
Coming back to South Africa and the pressure now is very much on Hashim Amla with Du Plessis and De Villiers unavailable. Amla starts as favourite to score most runs for his side at 3.75 with Betfair while David Miller now shortens to become second on the list at 5.00 with Betfair yet again.
Other options include Aiden Markram at 5.00 and you can also find the new man, Heinrich Klassen at 5.00 while JP Duminy is at 6.50 – all with Betfair. After a slow start to the series, this should be a chance for Hashim Amla to step up but we’ll take Virat Kohli as the overall tip.
We often look to Rohit or Dhawan as better priced options but when Kohli gets into a strong run of form, it’s hard to look beyond him.
Top Batsman Odds Summary:
India: Kohli 3.30 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.33 (Betfair), Rohit Sharma 4.50 (Betfair), Rahane 6.00 (Betfair), Dhoni 8.50 (Betfair), Pandya 18.00 (Betfair).
South Africa: Amla 3.75 (Betfair), Miller 5.00 (Betfair), Markram 5.00 (Betfair), Klassen 5.00 (Betfair), Duminy 6.50 (Betfair).
Other Side Bets
Our tip for a first innings century did not come in for the last game as South Africa barely made 100 between them. You can still take this option at a slightly longer 2.40 with Royal Panda but we’ll move back to top Indian bowler where there are some good prices.
With Chahal performing so well with the ball, Betfair have a clutch of five Indian players listed at 4.50 to return best bowling figures for their team. Bumrah, Kumar, Unadkat, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav can all be picked up at that figure but with South Africa likely to do all they can to prepare a pitch that negates spin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar may be the pick of that bunch.
Top Indian Bowler Odds Summary: Bumrah 4.50 (Betfair), Kumar 4.50 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Chahal 4.50 (Betfair), Unadkat 4.50 (Betfair), Kuldeep Yadav 4.50 (Betfair).
India’s bowlers may have their say again and with so many key players missing for South Africa, it’s a good time for that attack so set their in form batsmen up for another win.