Ram Slam T20 Final: Cape Cobras v Dolphins Odds and Betting Previews
By Matt Harris on 2014-02-07 14:21:44
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - The first and second placed teams in the group stages now take their place in Sunday's final but the Dolphins can thank an extraordinary innings from David Miller for booking their slot. The left hander smashed 93 from just 37 balls including an incredible 34 from one Roelof van der Merwe over to set up Sunday's showdown.
The Cobras meanwhile were the league leaders at the end of the group phase and with home advantage, the bookmakers have installed the side as favourites for the win at best odds of 1.73 with Stan James. Alternatively, you can back the Dolphins as the outside bet at a best price of 2.20 with either Paddy Power or BetVictor.
The Cobras finished six points clear of their closest rivals with eight wins and two defeats from their ten group games. Given that record, it's maybe a little surprising that they don't have shorter win odds and as the home side, they do have an added advantage.
However, as we know from IPL 6, David Miller is a destructive player at times and if he can repeat his heroics from the semi final, no team will live with the Dolphins.
It may be a showpiece final but the bookmakers are slow to embrace the game with very few side markets currently available. The popular top batsman betting has yet to be declared but you may find a little value in the Powerplay, where Cape Cobras are favourites to be ahead at the end of the first six overs. The Cobras are quoted here at best odds of 1.80 with bet365 and William Hill with the Dolphins as outsiders at their top price of 2.00 with bet365 and Stan James.
If you're looking for David Miller to influence this one, the left hander is batting at number four and will probably come in too late to make any difference. Instead the Dolphins start with Cameron Delport and Morne van Wyk, followed by Cody Chetty at number three and while that's a powerful line up, it isn't as strong as the Cobras XI.
Some key players may be missing to international duty but with Richard Levi, Dane Vilas and Stiaan van Zyl, the hosts should be able to bludgeon their way to a profit in this market.
The highest opening partnership bet is tougher to call and the bookies can't split the teams on this one. Presently, both the Cobras and the Dolphins can be found at the same best odds of 1.91 with Stan James.
It's almost like betting on the toss of the coin but we think that Richard Levi could be vulnerable at the top of the Cobras order. While he can make huge scores, he can often fall in single figures so if there is any value in this market, it lies with the Dolphins.
As far as betting on the match is concerned, the game is all about the strongest team playing a good side who have some dangerous individuals who can turn the tie in the space of a few balls. David Miller is a threat once again but the Cobras haven't let us down this season and their greater all round quality makes them our tip - but it will be a close one!
Matt Harris' bets on this match: