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India vs South Africa ODI Series


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5pts South Africa to win the series at 13/10 with Betway

For South Africa, the captain’s armband returns to the bicep of AB de Villiers, who will have enjoyed his time out of the spotlight under Faf du Plessis in the T20 series. Now as he makes his way back to his favoured number four, the South African batting line-up looks even more complete and more balanced.

India on the other hand, enter this series on the back of a humbling 2-1 defeat at the somewhat meek hands of Bangladesh. Granted, they won the last game well by posting a big score and defending it, but they have too many players out of nick.

One feels that MS Dhoni is entering a crucial period in his leadership of the limited over sides, especially with the more avant garde captaincy of test skipper Virat Kohli garnering praise from pretty much everyone.

Dhoni has always been a cautious and slightly defensive captain, but not everyone is a Brendon McCullum. There is more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak. Here he will have to use all his defensive tricks to restrain a pretty special South African batting order. 

Before the tour, Indian demi-God, Sachin Tendulkar warned his former team mates that they would need to play Imran Tahir well if they want to succeed. So far they haven’t played him well, and they haven’t succeeded. He know’s a thing or two does Sachin.

This South Africa side looks too strong for India. 

India have the match winners to make any series tight, but we’re going with visitors. 

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4pts SA to beat India at 6/5 with Ladbrokes

Both of these teams remain relatively settled, so their won’t be many changes for the ODIs, although one telling addition to the South African side will be Dale Steyn.

Steyn has enjoyed a long and prolific career ever since he ripped out Michael Vaughan’s off pole on debut at Port Elizabeth more than a decade ago. He’s passed the 400 wicket barrier in the longest format, while forging a more than decent one-day and T20 career. In fact, he has enjoyed successful spells with three different IPL franchises, and has an impressive average and economy rate for each.

Steyn’s pace will be enough to undo a couple of players in this India side who regularly get out to the bouncing ball. Yes, we’re looking at you Suresh Raina. And you Ambati Rayudu.

This South African side really is jam-packed with ability, with many players offering plenty of experience in India with the IPL. They also visit India on the back of an impressive 2-1 ODI series win over New Zealand, which leaves them with nothing to prove. They will have enough to beat India here. 

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4pts South Africa to win at 21/20 with Betway

But for the inexplicably tame collapse in Indore, the tourists have looked in good shape. Infact even the early stages of their routine pursuit of 247 went smoothly. Faf du Plessis registered another half century and there were solid contributions Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy. They were simply undone by poor shot selection against the spinners in the middle overs.

For South Africa, the pace trio of Morkel, Steyn and Rabada continues to look threatening with all three offering something different at speeds of over 90 mph. They have Imran Tahir too, but it is making up the fifth bowler which seems to be catching them out. Once again the combined ten overs from Duminy and Behardien went for over six an over and helped Dhoni rebuild the Indian innings. If they can rectify that, then they should have enough to win here.

India still have major batting issues, with Dhawan, Kohli and Raina yet to get a run. And with Axa Patel at seven, it makes it hard work for the rest. Dhoni’s sublime knock has silenced the critics for now, especially those who said he could no longer strike boundaries. He averages well over 40 in 2015. Raina however, must now be in serious fear of his place. A hugely talented player, there’s no doubt, but his problems against fast bowling make playing this South African side very difficult for him.

Despite the impressive comeback last time, there are still too many holes in the Indian side.

2pts MS Dhoni to be top Indian batsman at 9/1 with Ladbrokes

What was most impressive was how under-fire skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed to lead his side to a half-competitive total from 104/5. The legendary keeper-batsman was a ridiculous price to be top Indian batsman at 10/1 and we jumped all over him in our preview. That price for a number five who averages well over fifty is outrageous. 

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4pts SA to win at 11/10 with Paddy Power

When you see that 270-odd has won an ODi it is natural to wonder what went wrong for the chasing side. This deck wasn’t the trademark motorway that many ODI batsmen have become used to. It was tricky when the ball was banged in, giving South Africa the advantage.

What was most impressive was how AB de Villiers marshalled his bowlers to defend a slightly under-par total. The legendary batsman was a ridiculous in his faith with bowlers like JP Duminy at key times. He won it for his side with his faith.

So, how will the rest of the series pan out based on the first three games. Well, it is clear that neither side is the finished article, but it still looks like India have more questions to answer than South Africa. Loads more questions.


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 4pts India to win at 3/4 with Betway

Over the last few years, Hashim Amla has become a reliable contributor of fifties and tons, setting a platform for the boys later on to go mental when the ball gets older. He simply hasn’t done that this series. While Quinton de Kock seems to have come of age, Faf du Plessis only seems capable of a classy half-century and the destructive David Miller hasn’t got a run.

All that leaves is ABDV to provide the match-winning contribution. You may not think so at times, but the visiting skipper is human. He will fail occasionally. And when he does, South Africa are in trouble.

Even after these question marks over their batting, they still won’t be too far away thanks to the quality of their bowling attack. Steyn, Rabada, Morris and Phangiso is strong in the seam bowling department and the mercurial Imran Tahir is always capable of a show-stopping spell. The question is; will their efforts be enough to stop this resurgent India?

Well, in Sharma, Kohli, Rahane and Dhoni, India have a powerhouse quartet of hugely talented batsmen who all have scores under their belt in this series. Even the woeful Suresh Raina got a few in the last game.

It seems that defending has been much easier than chasing so far, so the toss will have a bearing on things, but it is actually India who are best placed to get over the line, what ever happen will the flip of a coin.

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