ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Day 11: Cricket Betting Preview
In a classic end-of-the-league, do-or-die battle, India take on South Africa at the Oval on Sunday. The winner will go to the semi finals, while the loser will head to the exit lounge. The last three matches of the tournament have defied the expectations and witnessed the victories of underdogs. There is no such underdog in this contest for cricket betting purposes. Both the teams are alpha males. If both teams play up to the potential, we will witness a gem of a cricket match.
India – Preview
India’s game plan did go awry in the last match against Sri Lanka. Their plan was to bat first, post a 300+ score, and then stifle the opposition with accurate bowling. The last match has shown that a 300+ score is no longer safe in 50-over games. If you are pursuing this policy, you will have to score close to 400. The conditions in England at the moment assist teams batting second. Chasers win most of the matches.
India are likely to bring in R Aswhin, probably for Hardik Pandya. That makes the bowling stronger, but deprives the team of big-hitting ability in the end. South Africa have a strong pace-bowling unit. India may not enjoy a strong start in batting that they managed in the first two games. Still, their batting has enough firepower to warrant backing in cricket betting.
South Africa – Preview
The team has failed to live up to their potential on the field in this tournament. Their batting line-up is prone to collapses, and bowling can be strangely unimaginative at times. Still, if they wake up and perform at half of their ability, India will be in trouble. AB de Villiers’ form typifies South Africa’s fortunes. He has been getting out to left arm spinners far too often now. What are the cricket betting odds of Ravindra Jadeja or Yuvraj Singh getting ABD?
If South Africa bat first, they need to post a big total. Otherwise, as seen in the last game against Pakistan, even their strong bowling line-up, comprising Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel, can do nothing in these chaser-friendly conditions.
Prediction for cricket betting: Both the teams are evenly matched – in strengths and in weaknesses. India have shown better prowess in recent times to handle crucial situations. That’s why we back them to win this match.
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