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T20 World Cup reaches the semi-finals, James Buttler has the best bets for South Africa v Afghanistan

Updated: Jun 28

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Afghanistan v South Africa

The first of the T20 World Cup semi-finals gets underway at 1.30am UK time on Thursday morning, and it sees Afghanistan taking on South Africa. 

Afghanistan are into their first global ICC semi-final, and South Africa are previous chokers at the business end tournaments, but could it be different this time? Whichever team wins this will have a great chance to write their name on the T20 World Cup trophy for the first time.

South Africa are 100% at this T20 World Cup and start favourites, but they've not been pristine. They've won despite themselves at times and this match is anybody's. And, at 5-2, Afghanistan provide the value with SkyBet.

I'm going to pick a batter from both sides to score the most runs in this semi-final. For Afghanistan, it's Ramanullah Gurbaz. He's 5/1 with vBet, and his 281 runs so far in the tournament sees him the top run scorer in this T20 World Cup. Quinton de Kock for South Africa, is 11/2 with SkyBet, and after a slow start to the tournament, he's back to his dangerous best. You can also get 6/4 as a special with Paddy Power for both players to hit one or more sixes each in the match. I think that's worth a try.

Fazalhaq Farooqi has 16 wickets, and he's the leading wicket taker in the tournament. Rashid Khan, he's got 14, and is coming good for his country, the captain of the side. Rashid is 16/5 with BetFred. I couldn't, in all honesty, put you off that, but Farooqi, he's the value, the better price at 9/2 with Betfair. 

This is a huge match for both teams. There is a reserve day if there's rain around. This is going to be an absolute cracker.

- Afghanistan to win at 5/2

- Ramanullah Gurbaz at 5/1 to be the top batter in the match

- Quinton de Kock at 11/2 to be the top batter in the match

- 6/4 with Paddy Power for both Gurbaz and de Kock to hit 1+ sixes

- Fazallhaq Farooqi to be the leading wicket taker for Afghanistan at 9/2


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