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India v South Africa – Fourth ODI – Chennai
I Tahir – 39.5+ Performance Points @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
A Mishra – 29.5+ Performance Points @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
India come to the 4th ODI against South Africa in deep trouble, going 2-1 down in the series and staring a defeat in this ODI series.
India travel to MS Dhoni’s adopted home ground in Chennai, where has led the Chennai Super Kings successfully over the last 8 years; primarily owing to the spin factor that this surface has provided. Chennai has not hosted a ODI in over 3 years due to regulations surrounding the stands and safety; that has now been resolved and India will be looking forward to play on a ground which will play into their teams strengths.
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 especially loves tracks that offer a little assistance to him and after taking 2 wickets in the 1st ODI, he was dropped for the 2nd, but made his way back for the third where he was extremely economical in his performances. In 29 career matches, he has taken 48 wickets, which is an average of a 1.7 wickets per match. In 2014-15; he has played 7 ODI’s taking 11 wickets in that time also showcasing his ability to be effective whenever he gets a chance for India. With Mishra coming to Chennai which has been a known turning track, Mishra will be licking his lips at the opportunity to play in this game and be a wicket taking bowler.
For South Africa, for the visitors will bank on Imran Tahir. Tahir has been the form bowler and in fact the form spinner of the year taking 35 wickets in 20 games; which is an average of 1.75 per game. In this series so far, where has played 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs; he has taken 7 wickets in the 5 games out of which, one T20I was never played in conditions that would suit him. Tahir has shown the ability to trouble all the Indian batsman barring Rohit Sharma who has taken a liking to him. Tahir will be licking his lips coming to a turning track at Chennai, and if South Africa bowl first, he will be able to take maximum advantage of this dry track with the sun baring down on it, in order to take wickets here. The last time Tahir played a ODI in Chennai, he took 4 wickets against England in the 2011 World Cup. Tahir almost had 2 wickets last time around, but missed out due to lack of concentration by de Kock in stumping Harbhajan Singh; but I expect Tahir to get back to rhythm and pick up the 2 wickets that he has been consistently delivering.
Aside from the last ODI against Pakistan that was played in the off-season for cricket in India, the previous 4 ODI’s at Chennai have seen spinners take 8 (out of 16); 8 (out of 20); 12 (out of 20) and 9 (out of 20).