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India v South Africa – Second ODI – Indore
A Mishra – 39.5+ Performance Points @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points I Tahir – 39.5+ Performance Points @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
India take on South Africa in a crucial encounter that could set the tone for the rest of the series, especially since India has lost all 3 of the games completely played so far on this tour.
India travel to this game to one of their favourite grounds at Indore, where they have won all 3 of their previous ODI’s played at this venue including when they racked up 400 once against the West Indies. This wicket in the past has been known for big scores, with one team scoring at least 288+ in all of the games.
The angle I am looking at is how this track performs for the spinners. In the 3 games played at this venue, spinners have taken 20 out of the 37 wickets to fall at this ground, and it has largely been the Indian team who have taken most of those spinning wickets. In the last 2 matches that India played at this venue; the Indian spinners took 9 wickets in each innings while the 10th wicket was a run out; showing you the ability to extract some turn out of this wicket.Looking at the form of the 2 spinners in this game, its definitely up my alley to back them to take 2 wickets out of this game.
Firstly, for the visitors Imran Tahir. Tahir has been the form bowler and in fact the form spinner of the year taking 32 wickets in 18 games; which is an average of almost 2 per game. In the last 2 games alone, he has taken 2 wickets each in the 2nd T20I and 1st ODI. His ability to provide a lot of variety in bowling as well as extract turn from tracks which offer just a little bit to the spinners has helped him. More often than not, you tend to see bowlers hitting him out of the park, but that is part of his strategy, to tempt batsman to take risks and often succumbing to a catch near the boundary or a stumping as they charge him down. The turn should definitely help him, and considering India’s recent slumps against spin bowling, I expect him to pick up those 2 wickets.
Secondly, for India, Amit Mishra. Mishra has been a floater in and out of the side, but every time he has put on the blue cap for India, he has done well and taken the wickets. He comes into the squad after a successful tour to Sri Lanka in the test series, and also delivered well in the 1st ODI with 2 wickets in the game. In 28 career matches, he has taken 47 wickets, which is an average of a 1.7 wickets per match. In 2014-15; he has played 6 ODI’s taking 10 wickets in that time also showcasing his ability to be effective whenever he gets a chance for India. The pressure will be on him as India’s lead spinner due to the absence of Ashwin, and with South African’s generally struggling against spin; I expect him to take his share of 2 wickets today.