India v South Africa: 1st T20i Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on September 13, 2019

India are home after a long period on the road, which took in the 2019 World Cup and a successful tour of the West Indies. The new domestic season awaits and the first set of visitors are a South African side who are very much in transition. So, what are the odds for India v South Africa?

The tour will take in three tests and three ODIs, but before that, we have three International T20s, the first of which goes off in Dharamsala on Sunday.

What are the cricket odds for India v South Africa?

As hosts and a stronger collective of players, India are the obvious favourites and you can back Virat Kohli’s men at odds of 1.45 with Betway. It’s a figure that leaves South Africa out at 2.75, but can we offer any hope for the tourists here?

This is going to be a tough tour for the South Africans. In recent years, their international squads have been ravaged by Kolpak defections, injuries and the retirement of key players including Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers. Quinton De Kock now leads a young and inexperienced side to India. but there is plenty of talent with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo and De Kock himself.

The nature of T20 means that outsiders can snatch a game, but South Africa may have to rely on those four names, and we have to side with the better all-round squad for Sunday’s opener.

Match Odds Summary: India: 1.45 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), South Africa: 2.75.

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

Virat Kohli continues his dominance of Indian top batsman markets, but while he can often drop below 3.00, the odds of 3.25 quoted by Bet365 for this game may offer some value. Rohit Sharma follows at 3.75, while Shikhar Dhawan moves out to 4.33.

The best outside Satta might just be Hardik Pandya at a tempting 9.50, but he would need the top order to struggle. Better picks might include KL Rahul at 4.50, or Rishab Pant at 5.00, Shreyas Iyer at 6.00 and Manish Pandey at 7.50.

For South Africa, the obvious favourite has to be Quinton De Kock and the new captain starts this game at 3.50. Behind QDK, both Rassie van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks can be claimed at 4.50 with Bet365, while David Miller and Temba Bavuma are both quoted at 6.00.

South Africa have a long tail and it’s hard to see anyone delivering a profit beyond those five names. However, Andile Phehlukwayo is a power hitter in the death overs and if the top order were to collapse, he may just be an option at 17.00.

Regular readers of our previews will know that Rohit Sharma is a favourite of ours and why not? Virat Kohli will often come through with a high score, but the skipper can be too short while Rohit carries better value.

More importantly, the Vice Captain is in excellent form and a constant threat at the top so we’re kicking off this series with another Satta on Rohit Sharma.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 3.25, Sharma 3.75 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.33, Rahul 4.50, Pant 5.00, Iyer 6.00, Pandey 7.50, Hardik Pandya 9.50.

South Africa: De Kock 3.50, Van der Dussen 4.50, Reeza Hendricks 4.50, Miller 6.00, Bavuma 6.00, Phehlukwayo 17.00.

What are the most sixes odds for India v South Africa?

One market where we suspect South Africa can come through to cause an upset is the Most Sixes option. Of course, India have more than their fair share of power hitters and if Shikhar Dhawan and the middle order can fire, the home side will justify their position as favourites at 1.80.

South Africa, however, have a greater depth of big hitters and, even if they don’t win the match, they look a tempting option at 2.50. If De Kock at the start plus Miller and Phelukwayo, at the end, can find their range then we could land a nice profit with which to kick start this series.

Most Sixes Odds Summary: India 1.80, South Africa 2.50 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), The Tie 7.50.