Can Sri Lanka contain a rampant A.B. De Villiers and Jacques Kallis? Can South Africa keep the run-hungry Sri Lankans at bay? Find out what betting odds are available what cricket enthusiasts predict ahead of the titanic 5-match ODI clashes!
Summer is in full swing in South Africa and the Sri Lankan cricket team is enjoying a summer of surprises. Both cricket teams have recorded significant victories – breaking a long pattern of losses in South Africa. For the host team, this latest Test series victory serves as South Africa’s first home Test series triumph in several years (since 2008). For Sri Lanka, the 2nd Test match victory was their first victory in that format of the game in South Africa. Captains of both teams have been tested to their limits and both are upbeat ahead of the 5 ODI matches coming up throughout January 2012. Pundits who favour South Africa – the Proteas – ahead of the One Day Internationals will have the betting odds in their favour.
Predictions for the Upcoming ODI Fixtures between SA and SRL
Topnotch sports betting sites have all pegged South Africa as the team to beat on home soil. The ODI series is going to be equally competitive as both teams have the players to hit the ball to all corners of the ground. Both teams have superb bowlers and fielders and both teams are pretty evenly matched with bat and ball. It all boils down to who plays better cricket on the day and how the home-ground advantage plays out. With these aspects in mind, betting aficionados have pegged South Africa’s odds of winning the series at 1: 2. Sri Lanka’s odds of emerging triumphant in the series are pegged at 13:8.
5 ODIs of Cricket Action across South Africa: SA vs. SRL
• On Wednesday the 11th January at 14h:30 SA Time, the 1st ODI takes place at Boland Park in Paarl
• On Saturday the 14th January at 10h:00 SA Time, the 2nd ODI takes place at Buffalo Park in East London.
• On Tuesday the 17th January at 14h:30 SA Time, the 3rd ODI takes place at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein.
• On Friday the 20th January at 14h:30 SA Time, the 4th ODI takes place at the De Beers Diamond Oval, in Kimberley.
• On Sunday the 22nd January at 10h:00 SA Time, the 5th and final ODI takes place at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg
Betting Predictions, Series Results and More
Cricket fundis with a keen eye for performance, history and stats will note that Sri Lanka has shown tremendous improvement of late. Their massive Test victory in Kingsmead, Durban, by 208 runs did the world of good for the team’s confidence. And South Africa’s monumental effort in the 3rd and final Test at Newlands sealed the series victory for the home team. Both teams take big positives out of the recentTest series and into the ODI arena. For their part, the Proteas have a resurgent and bullish Jacques Kallis to thank with massive 224 run innings and 3 wickets in the match. Alongside him was the ever capable A.B. De Villiers with his swashbuckling160 not out.
Top Betting Odds for the One Day International (ODI) Series between SA and SRL
South Africa winning 5-0 8:1 Sri Lanka winning 5-0 28:1
South Africa winning 4-1 5:2 Sri Lanka winning 4-1 8:1
South Africa winning 3-2 2:1 Sri Lanka winning 3-2 11:4
The leading ODI batsmen are Hashim Amla from South Africa on 840 points and A.B. de Villiers from South Africa on 791 points. Sri Lanka’s players with the exception of Kumar Sangakkara have yet to feature on the ICCs top ODI batsmen and bowlers. Based on the statistics alone, cricket betting enthusiasts and sports gurus have given the winning odds to the home team. But predictions for a hard-fought contest abound. In terms of ODI rankings South Africa is on 115 points and SL is on 112 points – 3rd and 4th position respectively.
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