India v South Africa 1st ODI: Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on March 11, 2020

We’re just days away from IPL 2020, but before that: India v South Africa ODIs! The packed schedule also means that India’s international cricketers still have some work to do. Three ODI matches will take place this month against a confident South African side; the Proteas have also been busy across their domestic season.

Under new captain Quinton de Kock, the visitors have enjoyed mixed fortunes against England and Australia in recent weeks so how will they fare in the first of three games which goes off in Dharamsala on Thursday?

What are the cricket odds for India v South Africa?

India are back on home soil after a disappointing end to their tour of New Zealand and Virat Kohli’s men start as clear favourites for the first game. You can back the hosts at 1.40 with Betway for the win while the odds on a South African victory stand at 3.00.

South Africa showed during their home season that they can be a dangerous side against any opponents but they lack the consistency that will win series and major tournaments. India have questions to ask in terms of team selection and they’re without Rohit Sharma once again but they should have the quality to win the series by a 2-1 scoreline at the very least.

The result may well be closer than the market suggests but we’re backing India to return to winning ways.

Match Odds Summary

India 1.40 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), South Africa 3.00

What are the top batsman odds for India v South Africa?

Rohit may be missing out once again but Shikhar Dhawan makes his return. Dhawan will be a popular choice in India’s top batsman market at 4.50 with Bet365 while skipper Virat Kohli starts as the favourite at 3.10.

Prithvi Shaw can be claimed at 5.00 while KL Rahul returns after missing the T20s with New Zealand. He looks generous at 5.50. India have plenty of options to consider; you can also look at Shreyas Iyer at 5.50, Shubman Gill at 6.00, Rishabh Pant at 9.00 and Hardik Pandya at 12.00.

In the South African version of the top batsman market, Quinton De Kock is a clear favourite at 3.60. Behind the new skipper are three joint favourites; you can pick up Temba Bavuma, Faf Du Plessis and Janneman Malan all at the same odds of 5.00.

Next up is Rassie Van Der Dussen at 6.00 while JJ Smuts is quoted at the same 6.00. David Miller is on offer at 7.50 but the big value pick for South Africa is Heinrich Klaasen. Fresh from an ODI hundred against Australia, Klaasen looks exceptional at odds of 8.00.

Coming back to the Indian line up and we’re torn between two names. Shikhar Dhawan was our initial Satta and the left hander gave us some nice profits before his latest injury lay off. Then we saw those odds of 5.50 next to the name of KL Rahul and felt that this could offer the best value of the game.

You may even want to split the bet between those two men but, if pushed to settle for one, we would get behind Dhawan. Having responded to the challenge made by Rahul on his opener’s berth, the left hander was hitting consistent form plus, there is a saying in betting that you should never change your mind.

Top Batsman Odds Summary

India: Kohli 3.10, Dhawan 4.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Shaw 5.00, Rahul 5.50, Iyer 5.50, Gill 6.00, Pant 9.00, Pandya 12.00

South Africa: De Kock 3.60, Malan 5.00, Bavuma 5.00, Du Plessis 5.00, Van Der Dussen 6.00, Smuts 6.00, Miller 7.50, Klaasen 8.00.

What are the hundred in the match odds for India v South Africa?

We’re going to keep it simple for our final Satta of the day; it comes with a low, but fair price. Bet365 have odds of 1.66 on any player from either side to score a century. And in times when those numbers can get closer to 1.50, it’s worth taking in our opinion.

South Africa had century makers against Australia while India’s batsmen also like to score big. So we feel that it should be a safer way in which to end this preview.

Hundred in Match Odds Summary

Yes: 1.66 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), No 2.25