India finally open up their World Cup Cricket account when they take on a desperately out of form South Africa at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday. Proteas captain Faf du Plessis needs to rally his troops after opening losses to England and Bangladesh, and will hope that India will be a little match rusty due to lack of competitive game time. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you plenty of value with our selection of enhanced odds which can be found in our FanBoosts section.
Poor Form And Injuries For South Africa
India kick-off their World Cup against a South African side that were firstly humbled by hosts England and then turned over by Bangladesh as they now face an uphill struggle to qualify.
Injuries are also mounting up for the Proteas, and to key players too, as Hashim Amla took a blow to the head in the opener, Lundi Ngidi went off with a hamstring issue last time, while Dale Steyn is yet to be seen.
Bowling was their strength coming into the tournament, but now weakened in that area and their batting lacking depth, they could well come up short against a strong looking India outfit.
India Blessed With Bat And Ball
Indeed, the Asian nation’s top order is strong with experienced opening duo Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan followed by the sensational Virat Kohli.
KL Rahul scored a tonne in a warm-up game against Bangladesh to seal his position at no.4 and MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya can provide the fireworks further down the order.
Not only do the possess the best batsman in ODI cricket, but also the no.1 ranked bowler. Jasprit Bumrah will lead the bowling attack and is ably supported by Buvinesh Kumar and Mohammed Shami, while they also have fantastic spin variation in Ravi Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuz Chahal – with the latter two in the top four international wicket takers over the last two years.
South Africa v India Betting Tips
India are the most well-rounded team in the competition and will probably just have too much in all departments for South Africa.
With openers also going well so far in this year’s tournament, we like Dhawan for top India batsman.
The left-hander enjoys English conditions, finishing as top runscorer in the last two global tournaments here (2017 & 2013 ICC Champions Trophy), while against South Africa, he’s scored 790 runs at an average of 53 with four half-centuries and three centuries.
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