India vs South Africa: Complete Guide to the Second Test

Ed Hawkins

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 3:59 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 3:59 PM UTC

Can superstar Virat Kohli manage a fifty in game two?
<div><h2><strong>India vs South Africa</strong></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="India vs South Africa Odds Board"><strong>10 October 2019 at MCA Stadium, Pune</strong></a></p><p>While their neighbours Pakistan test the sanity of short-price big hitters in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, India have been reassuringly consistent. In the first Test against South Africa in Vizag they won the toss, batted first, complied a huge total and then relied on their spin bowlers to do the rest.</p><p>Sure, they were skinny odds to win but is there a more reliable, stress-free strategy than that? Indeed, it’s so easy that it makes you wonder what India actually gain from it. They’re not actually learning anything new. It merely reinforces a trend and stereotype – the latter being that non-Asian team are hopeless on a wearing pitch with an army of spinners bearing down on them.</p><p>We should expect more of the same in Pune. Our focus will be finding a winner on the runs-related markets because the track should be good. Here are some of the stats from first-class matches at the MCA Stadium: there have been 10 player scores of more than 150 in 26 games, three double hundreds and two triples. Highest individual score markets, when they come available, could be smashed into.</p><p>Mayank Agarwal, who got a double in Vizag, and Rohit Sharma, who should have, will be licking their lips with anticipation. Instead of betting those two we’re going to put our faith in Virat Kohli, the India legend. He is overdue a big score and the <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">2.2 (6/5) from Bet365 </a>that he manages a first-innings fifty is a wager for us.</p><p>On career form, that price is probably not big enough. He has a 38 per cent win rate on the market. But in India only that figure jumps to 43 per cent. On two-year career form it’s up again to 50 per cent, the same figure for the last two years (six Tests) in India. We’re expecting the pitch to make a difference here, too. We’re happy enough to rate this as a double stakes bet. There are few more reliable players in the world than Kohli.</p><p><strong>Best Bets:</strong></p><ul> <li><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Back Virat Kohli to score a first-innings fifty 2.2 Bet365</a></li></ul><div> </div><div style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></div></div>
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