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Sri Lanka vs South Africa 3rd ODI Betting Tips 07/09/2021

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South Africa

The Proteas made their superior talent count in the second ODI and levelled up the series, thanks to centurion Janneman Malan (121).

It sets up the stage for an exciting finale, although some would still question the logic of playing ODIs a month before the T20 World Cup. Could the forthcoming three-match T20I series not have been expanded to five games?

Anyway, South Africa will still take positives from the fact that their batting unit is clicking and producing loads of runs at the right time – even if it’s in a different format.

Apart from the batting feats, South Africa’s bowlers did very well too, successfully defending a revised target of 265 and bowling out Sri Lanka at just 197 to clinch a 67-run win.

Tabraiz Shamsi, wayward in the series opener, was the star of the show this time, picking up five wickets. Kagiso Rabada was also excellent after opening ODI nightmare as he picked up a pair of wickets for just 16 runs.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan bowlers were consistent in their effort as they allowed pretty much the same runs to South Africa as they had in the last game.

However, this time, their batting betrayed them big time. Series opener’s centurion hero Avishka Fernando managed a mere eight of 15 deliveries this time and none of the top four contributed more than 12.

By the time Dhananjaya de Silva departed in the 15th over with the scoreboard reading 61-4, the match was effectively over. Captain Dasun Shanaka (30) and Charith Asalanka (77 off 69) showed some resistance and so did Chamika Karunaratne (36) but the contributions that did not come from up top had caused too much damage to salvage anything.

Before the third ODI, a decision will have to be taken on whether or not to draft in former captain Kusal Perera to support a feeble batting unit.

What do the Sportsbook Say

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South Africa are sizable favourites for the third ODI. 22Bet has South Africa priced at 1.625 and Sri Lanka at 2.288. MelBet has South Africa available for 1.616 and Sri Lanka for 2.275. Lastly, Betway has South Africa priced at 1.61 and Sri Lanka at 2.25.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: South Africa to win at 1.625

We’ve said all along that South Africa are the better side and we’re not changing that stance now. The odds on them have shrunk a bit more than we’d have liked but still we back them for the final stance of this sequence. The play can be found on 22Bet.

Tip: Janneman Malan Total Runs Over (27.5) @ 1.832

Although these are still very early days in Janneman Malan’s career, he is averaging a staggering 104.50 in ODIs. The man has three centuries already just nine matches into his career. By the looks of it, he is a run machine. Our ask of him in the series decider is not to amass tons but just cover the spread of 27.5 runs, which should be a cakewalk for a man in his kind of form. The play can be found on 22Bet.

Conclusion

South Africa are better, stronger and not at all bothered by Sri Lankan conditions. We see them clinching the series 2-1.

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