Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says South Africa’s campaign could be all over after meeting India in Southampton.
<div><h2><strong>India v South Africa</strong></h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/world-cup/south-africa-vs-india-3738784/?mtid=6" target="_blank" title="India vs South Africa Odds Board"><strong>Wednesday 10.30 AM - Wednesday 5<sup><span style="font-size:13.5px;">th</span></sup><span style="font-size:13.5px;">, </span>June 2019<span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;"> </span></strong></a></p><p>We’re not in the business of feeling sorry for sports teams but it is hard not to show a smidgen of empathy for South Africa whose World Cup hopes <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/world-cup/?mtgid=outright&mtid=311" target="_blank">hang by a thread ahead of only their third match of the tournament</a> in Southampton on Wednesday.</p><p>For a start, they got the short straw and had to meet a pumped-up England, the hosts, in the tournament opener. They were duly despatched. And then in their outing against Bangladesh they lost Lungi Ngidi, their most dangerous fast bowler, to a hamstring injury. He managed only four overs and the sight of him limping from the field could be the visual epitaph to their campaign.</p><p>Subsequently Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the entire tournament, robbing them of their most experienced player and something of a talisman. Steyn is no longer a match-winner but he provided them with much-needed nous.</p><p>They couldn’t have picked a worse opponent next up at a worst venue. The batting powerhouses of India on a flat, flat Southampton wicket where busting 300 is a necessity. There is a very real chance that India bat first they will turn the screw on a reserve South Africa bowling line-up. It could get messy.</p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/" target="_blank" title="More Cricket Betting Tips">And that should provide us with our edge for this one</a>. In such situations Rohit Sharma is about as reliable as they come and we will pounce on the 10/11 (1.91) that beats Betfair’s quote of more than 33.5 runs</p><p><strong>Best tips for the match</strong></p><ul> <li>Rohit Sharma over 33.5 runs 10/11 <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Betfair</a></li></ul><p> </p><h2><strong>Bangladesh v New Zealand</strong></h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/world-cup/bangladesh-vs-new-zealand-3738785/?mtid=6" target="_blank" title="Bangladesh vs New Zealand Odds Board"><strong>01:30 PM - Wednesday 5<sup>th</sup>, June 2019</strong></a></p><p>How do you fancy <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/" target="_blank" title="Cricket Odds Board">betting</a> a batsman to be top runscorer at 4/1 (5.0) when he should be 2/1 (3.0)? Step this way, folks. There’s a terrific rick in our favour for most New Zealand runs in this one.</p><p>Ross Taylor cops 34 per cent of the time in this market in the last two years but the bookies show little interest in such figures so he’s available at 4s with Betfair, Paddy Power and William Hill. Fill your boots. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/world-cup-2019-top-batsman-betting-easy-as-1-2-to-find-a-winner/90034/" target="_blank">It is true that Taylor does not open the batting</a> so he won’t get the opportunity to bat for longest or take advantage of the powerplay overs. And that downed our previous wager on him when the Kiwis took on the Sri Lankans. They just didn’t make enough runs to get Taylor to the crease.</p><p>We’re more confident this time, though. Bangladesh have their tails up after beating South Africa. Also, their quicks are capable of getting Taylor in early enough to expose the mistake by the layers.</p><p><strong>Best tips for the match</strong></p><ul> <li>Ross Taylor top NZ bat 4/1 Betfair, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Paddy Power!">Paddy Power</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">William Hill</a></li></ul></div>