India V South Africa, 1st Test, Day 3 Betting

180 overs bowled on time in two days now, thats including taking two off for the change of innings, what is going on? Expect that might slow down a bit now that South Africa are bowling.

Another good day for Graeme Smith’s men, in particular Hashim Amla who scored a massive 253 not out, his overnight partnership with Jacques Kallis (173) was worth 340 runs.

India’s batsmen didn’t try to block out the 15 minutes that Graeme Smith gave them to bat after he declared on 558/6. They played their shots as usual on their way to 25/0 at stumps.

With Paul Harris back in the side and the ball turning it will be interesting to see how he gets on tomorrow, could be carnage if Sehwags still batting when he comes on, expect to see JP Duminy get through some overs and he will most probably be SA’s most dangerous bowler.

As I wrote yesterday I believe the Test will be decided when or if SA get through the openers and expose the inexperienced middle order, there will be a massive burden on Sachin Tendulkar’s shoulders to nurse the novices through. If Steyn and Morkel can make early inroads, then they could open the game up yet.

Further cuts in the odds for The Draw, it is now into 4/11 with William Hill, Totesport and Stan James, South Africa are 13/5 with Bet365.

India are a massive 20/1 with Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and VC Bet, for any chance of that outcome, Sehwag and co will need to score around 750 in two days and bowl SA out cheaply on Day 5. That is probably how Sehwag is currently reading the game, but not me!