India and South Africa will take the field for possibly the last day of the Test series on Friday, with the home side needing just 111 runs to win the Test with eight wickets at hand.
Even though India dismissed South Africa skipper Dean Elgar at the stroke of the stumps on Day 3, the game is pretty much in South Africa’s bag, with the home side needing just 111 runs to win the Test. India need to put up an inspiring performance, in order to ensure that they can shut the door on the hosts and claim their first-ever series win in South Africa.
Keegan Petersen is the find of the series for the Saffers as he is on the verge of his third consecutive half-century after dominating the Provincial Tournament last month. He seemed to be in the right mood to fill in the void created by the retirements of the likes of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, and Faf du Plessis. According to Cricket.com, he has already scored 103 runs on back-of-length deliveries while scoring 62 on balls landing on the slot, and with the Indian team approaching a framework of bowling more back-of-length deliveries, he is in for a feast. He has an average of 46.50 in the fourth match innings of a first-class match and that perfectly stands poised in what is happening in the game at the moment. In 105 FC matches, KP has 6436 runs against his name and got them at an average of 40.47, ensuring that there is no stepping back from where he has got. Would that be enough? For me, he is all set to back the fifty he scored in the first innings with a 50 of his own in this one as well, and hence, you all can benefit from the same by betting on him on Parimatch. Then what are you waiting for? Go ahead and thank me later after having a ravaging party on the weekend of course.
Well, if you are on the batting side early morning in Newlands, Cape Town, I’m afraid not many would back you to make merry. That’s exactly why this particular bet stands out from the rest, coupled with the recent form Rassie Van der Dussen is going through. In the past six innings, the Protean has scored a total of 92 (21, 40, 1, 11, 3) runs, averaging just 15.2 runs per innings, which does tell us a tale. On the other hand, the batsman has managed to score north of 25 runs in just five of the 15 innings he’s played on South African soil. Dussen’s form seems to go down the slope in the third Test match of a series, with his average dropping down to 18.33 runs per innings from his normal 32.66 overall in Test cricket. Moreover, the Indian bowlers have been pretty dominant in the opening hour of play and the vulnerability shown by the batsman will definitely not help his cause, as we are expecting him walk back into the hut early on. So, you should not ignore this bet.
This might look dicey at the first glance, but give me a couple of minutes and I assure you that there will be a change of heart. South Africa’s fourth-wicket partnership in the ongoing series reads - 1, 68, 2, 20, 67, with just two stands of over 22 runs, which is our foremost criteria. Meanwhile, a wicket has fallen in the opening hour in each of the three days played in the Test match so far. And guess what, a dismissal has occurred in the opening over of Day 2 and Day 3, how obvious does it make for the same to happen again? Van Der Dussen’s form, as mentioned in the above paragraph, has not been very encouraging, to say the least, making it very difficult for us to believe that 22 odds runs would be put on by the Protean pair on a Day 4 pitch in Newlands, Cape Town, where batting has looked pretty difficult throughout. It was only the counter-attacking style of Rishabh Pant that fetched him a well-deserved century on Day 3, which is highly unlikely by a batsman chasing a target. So, this bet looks as safe as a house.
Petersen to score 75 runs
Rassie Van der Dussen to score under 25 runs
South Africa total before the fall of the fourth wicket under 122.5 runs
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