Wednesday, December 2, 2009

South Africa v England 5th ODI Live Streaming

12.30GMT Friday, live on Sky Sports
Who can remember the World Cup in South Africa in 2003? Come on, cast your minds back to one of the great punting lessons learned and you could well win yourself a prize for the fifth one-day international between South Africa, who are 8-13, and England, 6-4 at Durban.
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South Africa v England
Okay, I’ll help out. England, who came into that tournament as no-hopers, would suddenly be labelled world beaters after they trounced Pakistan under the lights at Cape Town. James Anderson produced a brilliant bowling display to bowl their opponents out under lights.
Then, when it came to beating India in Durban, England suffered a heavy defeat. Under lights. Batting second. And those who had got all excited over their potential were left to scurry away with their tails between their legs.
It is a salutary lesson folks because we could be about to see a repeat. Of sorts anyway. South Africa, who find themselves 2-1 down, have suffered in reverse. They were talked up after winning under lights in Cape Town with a good bowling display under lights. Ahead of the game in Durban, they are no-hopers again.
The point is this: the matches discussed so far caused such fluctuations in emotion because they were, effectively, decided on the toss. Batting second under lights at Durban is just as hazardous as it is in Cape Town. Of the last 10 day-nighters at Kingsmead, seven have been won by the side batting first.

So just as we hailed Cape Town as a godsend for punters in this series, we must drive home the message again. Forget what the formbook says, forget the emotional clap trap spouted by supporters of both sides and do one thing, and one thing only: back the side which bats first.

Now whether you choose to do that with the fixed-odds bookmakers, the exchanges or on the spreads it is up to you. But be aware of how prices will react on each of them. The fixed-odds bookies will cut the side which bats first. That is a given. Hell, there will be some people who argue that is worth taking a chance on a 50-50 event that England bat first because it is the epitome of value. That’s fine.

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