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India v South Africa: Stats stacked up in the Proteas’ favour

| 21.02.2015

In the wee hours of Sunday morning Cricket World Cup heavyweights India and South Africa take to the MCG for a pivotal Pool B fixture, which virtually guarantees the winners a semi-final spot.

Both teams started off their campaigns with victories, but while defending champions India were arguably the more impressive, as our best bets for the contest reveal, Zimbabwe’s conquerors are expected to run out winners in Melbourne.

South Africa to beat India @ 8/15

There are few teams among Full Member ODI cricket who hold a firmer grip over their opponents than the Proteas over the Men in Blue.

Three times the teams have faced each other on the biggest stage of all and three times South Africa have prevailed – making them the only side never to have lost o India in a World Cup.

Recent meetings back this up too, with the South Africans winning seven of the last 10 ODIs between the teams.

Highest Score after 15 overs: South Africa @ 4/6

Thanks to our friends over at espncricInfo.com and their endeavours to pull out revealing stats ahead of these big matches, this bet rates a corker.

Since 2010 when facing South Africa outside of their home country (including neutral venues) India’s top seven batsman have seriously struggle their opponent’s attack, with their combined averages dropping to 25.31 – a near 15-run drop than against any other country averagely in ODIs.

Crucially for this bet too, the Indian top order’s striker rate plummets from 87.49 overall to 76.44 against the South Africans.

AB de Villiers to score a 50: yes @ 11/8

Only one other batsman in world cricket relishes a 50-over knock against India more than the South African ODI wicket-keeper, captain.

De Villiers averages 60.54 in ODIs against MS Dhoni’s side since 2010, clocking three hundreds and four fifties in 13 innings.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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