The Netherlands make their first ever trip to South Africa to take on the Proteas in a 3 match ODI Series starting at Centurion Park on Friday. We take a look at the match from a betting angle.
While the Netherlands have never been to South African shores, the sides have met previously in ODI competition with the Proteas winning all 4 fixtures.
Let’s start with a look at the Proteas team which will be captained by Keshav Maharaj in the absence of Temba Bavuma. Bavuma is one of 6 front line players rested following the T20 World Cup and there are a number of new names in the Proteas squad that fans that don’t follow the game too closely will have to get to know. There is still plenty of quality in the squad and I believe the Netherlands will struggle against the likes of Maharaj and Shamsi in particular.
Keshav Maharaj (captain), Daryn Dupavillon, Zubayr Hamza, Reeza Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wayne Parnell, Ryan Rickelton (wicket-keeper), Tabraiz Shamsi, Kyle Verreynne, Junior Dala, Khaya Zondo
The Netherlands are coming off a disappointing T20 World Cup where they lost all 3 of their matches while trying to qualify for the Super 12 Stage of the Tournament. They did beat Ireland 2-1 in an ODI series in June so do have some recent form coming into this series.
Pieter Seelaar (captain), Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Vivian Kingma, Max O’Dowd, Scott Edwards (wicket-keeper), Boris Gorlee, Clayton Floyd, Musa Ahmed, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Roelof van der Merwe, Saqib Zulfiqar, Stephan Myburgh, Shane Snater, Timm van der Gugten
SuperSport is generally a ground with plenty of runs and the wicket is quick and the outfield fast. Punters should be warned there is some chance of rain and current conditions (Thursday morning) are overcast.
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South Africa 1/11
Right it is time to find a betting angle on this one and clearly a prohibitive 1/11 there is little value in backing South Africa here and I don’t see the Netherlands getting close to them in this format so backing them at a much bigger price is also not an option, for me at any rate.
In one-sided fixtures like this it is always best to turn to the Top Batsman and Top Bowler markets and to begin with I am going to stick with the hosts as my knowledge of the team is far greater.
Top Home Batsman, Malan at 12/5
In this market I am looking for someone who comes in, in the top of the order as there is a chance of chasing a low total if batting second, but even if batting first wickets will be hard to come by for the Netherlands and I would expect one of the top order to kick on and get a big score. I have always rated Malan and I can see him being the anchor in the South African innings.
Top Home Bowler, Dupavillon at 3/1
Dupavillon is relatively inexperienced playing just his 3rd ODI, but I think that he can be a real handful for the Netherlands top order and can make some inroads straight away.
Note: All prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change