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South Africa v Zimbabwe
D Steyn 40& Over Performance Points @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
Dale Steyn will be looking to steam in during this opening encounter of the World Cup. As the highest ranked ODI bowler in this tournament, he will be looking to bowl his heart out against the poor Zimbabweans. Whether bowling up front with a target behind him, or making the batsman a target as they open the bowling; Steyn has proved in all conditions, against all opponents why he is one of the most feared bowlers in world cricket.
Steyn has been rested quite often from the ODI games in recent times, preserving him for Test cricket, which will show you that he relatively fresher compared to many opposition bowlers. Dale averages 1.5 wickets per match, but when he goes to play a full tournament, he is far more consistent. He took 2 wickets in every match barring 1 in his tour to Australia in November and also took 6 wickets in 3 ODI’s against the West Indies.
He particularly loves playing Zimbabwe in the limited games that he gets against them grabbing 9 wickets in 4 games; and will be hoping that he will get the opportunity to continue his good run against them tonight.
JP Duminy Over 24.5 runs @ 1.57 (Bet365) – 2 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
S Raza Under 25.5 runs @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
C Chibabha Under 50.5 runs @ 1.61 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
India v Pakistan
S Afridi 40 & Over Performance Points @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 3 points
Honestly, is anyone going to doubt for one second that this is a pick I won’t back that has the potential of landing quite easily. Shahid Afridi is an extremely talented cricketer who can do it all with the bat, bowl and field. And when it comes to the biggest stage of them all against the mother of all oppositions, he generally stands up to be counted for his team.
Shahid Afridi has played against India 66 times, with the last few occasions he has put on some strong matching winning performances. In the Asia Cup in 2014, he posted a 34* leading his team to victory; in the world cup semi finals in 2011; he bowled 10 solid overs, but didn’t do much with the bat and in the Asia Cup of 2010; he scored 32 and took a wicket. With Saeed Ajmal not being a part of this World Cup, Pakistan will rely on Afridi to bowl a lot of offers, and with the Indian bowlers struggling recently to play spin, he could come into his own on an Adelaide track that will definitely offer him some decent turn and good bounce. He has taken 12 wickets in his last 7 ODI’s and also chipped-in in the field with 5 catches in those 7 games.
With Jadeja potentially missing this game due to injury, this pick should definitely be backed for the Pakistani’s as he is their IMPACT player if they want to win the mother of all games.
S Dhawan Under 24.5 runs @ 1.90 (Bet365) – 2.5 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
S Dhawan Under 57.5 runs @ 1.90 (Bet365) – 3.5 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
India Over 7.5 runs in 38th Over @ 2.10 (Bet365) – 2 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
India Over 7.5 runs in 39th Over @ 2.10 (Bet365) – 2 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
India Over 7.5 runs in 40th Over @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 4 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
India Over 7.5 runs in 42nd Over @ 2.00 (Bet365) – 2.5 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Y Khan Under 28.5 runs @ 1.90 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
A Shehzad Under 41.5 runs @ 1.90 (Bet365) – 2.5 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
M Ul-Haq Under 72.5 runs @ 1.90 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)