T20 Blast Betting: Tahir Makes Durham Major Contender

Ed Hawkins

Monday, July 2, 2018 2:23 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 2, 2018 2:23 PM UTC

The South Africa spinner could make all the difference and they rate a solid each-way bet.

<p>Durham have made a late bid for our money by making an exceptional capture before the start of the Vitality T20 Blast tournament. The northeast county have signed Imran Tahir, who inspired Derbyshire last season to the knockouts.</p><p>Tahir is a terrific bowler who can make all the difference between being an also-ran and a qualifier. The South Africa spinner will play in the county’s first nine games after he became available with South Africa not requiring his services.</p><p>That means we have to have a nibble on Durham’s price at <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=45a32028-f668-4cc0-b786-c8ac9d4db1f7&amp;f=2" rel="nofollow">33/1 with Ladbrokes.</a> Make sure you go each-way, though, with half the odds available if they make it to the final.</p><p>Tahir is ranked as the seventh-best T20 bowler in the world. He has taken 236 wickets and was pivotal to Derbyshire’s run last season. He took 17 wickets with an economy rate of 7.40.</p><p>His style of bowling is crucial to a team’s chances in a tournament such as this. English batsmen are not used to what is known as mystery spin and there are few better exponents than Tahir.</p><p>Indeed, we wouldn’t advise betting any team on the outright unless they have one. Luckily for us there are a select few. Hampshire have Mujeeb ur Rahmann, the young Afghan, and have been well-backed as a result. They are 8/1 with <a href="https://www.bookmakersreview.com/best-bookmakers/" rel="nofollow">Bet365 and William Hill.</a></p><p>Sussex are another. They acquired the services of Rashid Khan, who is the No. 1 bowler in the world. Not surprisingly Sussex were cut into 8/1 (Ladbrokes) for glory. Even though the tournament starts this week we don’t expect there to be much movement in the odds on the outright until next week.</p><p>Durham will not be a one-man team, by the way. There will not be a more astute captain than Paul Collingwood in the whole competition. Graham Onions, another wily veteran, should be able to keep things tight at one end with his brand of pace.</p><p>Almost as impressive as Tahir is the Kiwi Tom Latham. Latham is a terrific batter and he could be a huge success story. The New Zealand international is not much of a threat in T20s for his country but domestically he is a danger. He strikes at 129 back home and Durham’s work ethic and united team spirit should bring the best out of him.</p>
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