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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Duminy can step up for stretched South Africa in Cape Town

India are hot favourites to seal ODI series at Newlands

JP Duminy is an accomplished and experienced limited-overs batsman
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South Africa v India third ODI
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India are hot favourites to beat South Africa in Cape Town and secure the teams' five-ODI series spoils at the earliest opportunity and it is not hard to see why, even though the Proteas have prevailed in 28 of their 33 50-over matches at Newlands. 

Virat Kohli's white-ball side are settled and enjoyed mixing up the solid and dependable with the spectacular in their Durban and Centurion successes.

By contrast, South Africa's batting resources are seriously stretched with ace keeper-bat Quinton de Kock joining AB de Villiers and captain Faf du Plessis on the sidelines.

Stalwart Hashim Amla has struggled for runs and the rest of the order – including stand-in skipper Aiden Markram, who is still learning the international game – seemingly have no answer to wrist spin even on traditionally flat pitches.

Despite their struggles at the crease, the best-value bet could prove to be the 6-1 available about JP Duminy being top South Africa runscorer.

Left-hander Duminy is an accomplished, experienced limited-overs compiler with four 50-over fifties at home against India, including one of three career fifties at Newlands, his home ground.

Four days after concluding a first Test stalemate in Chittagong containing 1,533 runs and five centuries, including two tons for Bangladesh's Mominul Haque, the Asian Tigers and Sri Lanka go again in Mirpur (3.30am Thursday).

Bookmakers clearly think the combination of fatigue and a showery forecast will help bowlers as Bangladesh are 13-10 to triumph, Sri Lanka are 6-4 for victory and the draw is 7-2.

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