India V South Africa, 1st Test, Day 4 Betting

Looks all over for India

I had a feeling that India’s middle order might struggle under pressure, but not to the extent that it would collapse in the manner that it did.

After the wicket of Sehwag the score was 192/4, just 18 overs later and they were all out for 233, with 7 wickets falling for just 41 runs. The main protagonist was Dale Steyn, he took 5 wickets for just 3 runs in a devastating 3.4 overs after tea.

All in all, the Indians just couldn’t live with Steyn who was magnificent, he underlined his status as the No.1 Test bowler in world cricket with 7/51 in the 1st Innings, just for good measure he also removed Virender Sehwag in the 2nd Innings, with India following on.

Sehwag had earlier in the day completed his century, a quite pedestrian one by his standards, his 109 came from 139 balls. His wicket sparked the 1st Innings collapse (233 all out) that leaves India on the verge of defeat at 62/2 following on.

India are still 259 runs behind with only 8 wickets left, and with a full 2 days of the match still to go things look bleak for them. Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar will resume at the crease on 15, but with not much in the way of support for him even he will need a miracle to save this match.

In the betting, South Africa are now just about unbackable at a best price of 1/6 with Totesport and Sportingbet. The Draw is now 9/2 with Paddy Power and Bet365, with an Indian miracle 66/1 with Sky Bet.