South Africa v England 3rd ODI: Tourists set to seal series
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | February 8, 2016
South Africa v England
- Third ODI
- Tuesday, February 9th
- Play starts: 11:30 GMT
- SuperSport Park, Centurion
- Live on Sky Sports 2
England can clinch ODI series
England (10/11 chances with Coral for victory in the third ODI) are just one win away from inflicting more misery onto South Africa by claiming the One Day International series, as they are now 2-0 up in the five-match affair.
The visitors beat the Proteas relatively convincingly last time out at Port Elizabeth, by five wickets and with 3.4 overs to spare, and now the two teams return up into the mainland to Centurion, near one of the nation’s three capital cities Pretoria.
Hales the hero at Port Elizabeth
Alex Hales was the hero for the tourists last time out, although he will have been disappointed to be caught out by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock one run short of a century. But the opener is 4/1 to be top England batsman once more.
Joss Buttler carried on his fine form too, following his hundred in the first ODI, by finishing unbeaten on 48, and so he is a more tempting 11/2 chance in the same market.
The likes of Joe Root (3/1), Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy (both 9/2), James Taylor (6/1) and Ben Stokes (7/1) will also be looking to score big.
Topley tops England bowling figures
In terms of bowling, Reece Topley impressed most, by taking terrific figures of 4-50, which included taking the early scalp of the dangerous Hashim Amla. He is 4/1 to be best with the ball for his team again.
Stokes (2-54) and leg spinner Adil Rashid (1-43) got the other wickets to restrict South Africa to just 262-7, and are respective 9/2 and 7/2 shouts, while David Willey (10/3) and Chris Jordan (9/2) should also feature again.
Proteas have work to do to save series
One-day specialist AB de Villiers was best with the bat for the hosts, although he managed his 73 at a relatively slow strike rate by his standards, from 91 balls. But the ODI skipper tops the market to get the most runs for the Proteas once more at 11/4.
Amla will be looking to make up for his paltry four at Port Elizabeth, and is priced at a slightly longer 3/1, while De Kock (7/2), Faf du Plessis (9/2) and JP Duminy (6/1) are ones to look out for too.
Kagiso Rabada couldn’t carry on his Test form in his return to ODI cricket, as he took no wickets last time out, but is still the joint-favourite to be best Proteas bowler at 3/1, along with Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel.
Kyle Abbott, though, took 3-58, getting each of England’s first three batsmen out (Roy, Hales and Root), and so is priced at a tempting 7/2.
Like the tourists, South Africa are 10/11 shouts to win this match, but have not won in their last two battles against them in Centurion.
Coral’s top tip: Buttler is a brilliant 11/2 shout to be best England batsman.