A washout is the most frustrating outcome in any cricket match and it robbed us of what could have been an intriguing clash in this three-match India v South Africa series. India may have a stronger squad than the touring South Africans but their opponents performed well in their recent ODIs against Australia and, at the very least, this promises to be an intriguing match-up.

Following that abandoned game in Dharamsala, the teams now move on to Lucknow where we’re hoping for better weather ahead of Sunday’s second game.

What are the cricket odds for India v South Africa?

Following on from an abandonment, we would expect the markets to be largely unchanged and that’s essentially the case here. India continue as favourites and you can claim Virat Kohli’s men at odds of 1.40 with Bet365. South Africa have drifted slightly and anyone taking a Satta on the tourists can now claim 3.20.

The first thing we should check on is the forecast from Lucknow and the good news is that we are expecting an improvement. If the predictions are correct we will see light cloud cover and a full 100 overs and that’s positive news.

Based on that information, we’re going to stay with our own, original forecast of a win for India. With the decision to play the game behind closed doors, the hosts may not have the benefit of a noisy home crowd cheering them on but they do have that superior squad playing in familiar conditions so we’ll stick with our initial decision.

Match Odds Summary

India: 1.40 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), South Africa: 3.20

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

Top batsman betting is another area where little will have changed. Bet365 are the only one of our recommended bookmakers to have declared prices so far and they have Virat Kohli listed as the favourite for India at 3.10.

Our pick for the previous game was Shikhar Dhawan and he remains at 4.50 while KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw are both available at 5.00. Shreyas Iyer could offer some value at 5.50 while other options for India include Shubman Gill at 6.00, Manish Pandey at 7.50, Rishabh Pant at 9.00 and Hardik Pandya at 12.00.

When we move over to South Africa’s version of the top batsman market, we find that new captain Quinton De Kock has been installed as a clear favourite at odds of 3.60. As we saw for the first game, there are three joint-second favourites with Temba Bavuma, Faf Du Plessis and Janneman Malan all coming in at the same price of 5.00.

Your winner may well come from that group of four but there is plenty of value down the order. Other South African batters include JJ Smuts at 6.00, Rassie Van Der Dussen at 6.00, David Miller at 6.50 and Heinrich Klaasen at 8.00.

We didn’t change our mind on the match result and we’re staying with our original Satta in this market too. Shikhar Dhawan impressed us before going down with injury and we expect another response as he comes back into the side.

The left hander is battling with KL Rahul for one opener’s slot at the T20 World Cup and while this is an ODI, it’s a perfect opportunity for Dhawan to make a case.

Top Batsman Odds Summary

India: Kohli 3.10, Dhawan 4.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Rahul 5.00, Shaw 5.00, Iyer 5.50, Gill 6.00, Pandey 7.50, Pant 9.00, Pandya 12.00

South Africa: De Kock 3.60, Bavuma 5.00, Du Plessis 5.00, Malan 5.00, Smuts 6.00, Van Der Dussen 6.00, Miller 6.50, Klassen 8.00

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

There’s no reason to change our final pick so we’ll stay with the hundred in match odds for Sunday in Lucknow. To recap, there is so much batting depth in either camp and with South Africa’s batters impressing in their recent series with Australia, we are confident in this Satta.

And, the price has improved this time from 1.61 to 1.72 with Betway so that’s another good reason to round off with this pick.

Hundred in Match Odds Summary

Yes: 1.72 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), No: 2.20

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