Ireland vs South Africa 3rd ODI Betting Tips 16/07/2021

July 15, 2021
Zohaib Ahmed
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Ireland vs South Africa 3rd ODI Betting Tips 16/07/2021

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South Africa

South Africa suffered arguably the biggest upset of at least their recent history earlier this week when they were beaten by Ireland in the second ODI.

Their bowling, which is still considered the better facet or their game, was for once ordinary at best as Irish batters bled them for 290 runs.

In the run chase, the Proteas were doing fine at 159-2 when Janneman Malan departed for 84 and after that even though a number of African batters got starts, none took responsibility and stuck around for longer to finish the game.

In the third and final game, the responsibility will be on South African bowlers, especially Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to pick up early wickets and not let the Irish pile up a big enough score that their weak batting unit cannot get to.


For Ireland, it was Andy Balbirnie’s captain’s knock that proved pivotal in getting them a famous win over a traditional heavyweight the size of South Africa.

The captain’s century was central but he wasn’t the only batter that produced the goods on the day. In fact, all of the top five Irish batters at least contributed 27 runs each to the tally, which shows that their win was no fluke and that they can do it again.

There will be almost no pressure on the Irish in the final ODI, thanks to their victory in the second ODI as well as the no-result in the opening ODI that was washed out due to rain.

Like their batting, their bowling performance was also a varied one, with all six of their bowlers picking at least a wicket each. When that’s usually the case and the combinations are set, it warrants no changes in the next match.

What do the Sportsbook Say

Despite the upset, South Africa are massive favourites for the third ODI. 22Bet has South Africa priced at 1.172 and Ireland at 5.0. 888 has South Africa available for 1.125 and Ireland for 5.60. Lastly, Dafabet has South Africa priced at 1.15 and Ireland at 6.0.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Ireland to win at 6.0

Pound for pound, South Africa, even as weak as they are now, still having more talent than their Irish counterparts. But despite their humiliation in the last game, Irish are still big underdogs. We do not think that the lightning will strike twice but at tasty odds of 6.0 with Dafabet, we will rather bet on that happening and Ireland winning rather than take the heavy chalk play on South Africa.

Tip: Aiden Markram Will Score (50) Runs – Yes @ 2.50

Aiden Markram struggled in the second ODI, scoring just five off 13 before evaporating and creating pressure for the rest of the line-up. While most of his batting teammates did not do to well either, they at least scored in double figures – something Markram did not manage. He is not a world beater but is a better batsman than what he produced in the last game. Expect him to be determined and ready to atone for his mistake and pile up a big score. Our bet is for him to score at least 50 runs @ odds of 2.50 with 22Bet.


South Africa should wise up and level up the series, which will still seem like a defeat due to the traditional stature of their opponents. That said, stranger things have happened in world cricket and a 2-0 comprehensive mauling can also not be ruled out as the Irish are no rookies and can play.

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