T20 Cricket Tips: Big hitters Shikhar Dhawan and Chris Lynn to star in T20 double header

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Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan

Richard Mann has cast his eye over the T20 double header on Wednesday and has found a trio of Top Batsman bets.

Recommended bets: T20 International Cricket - South Africa v India, New Zealand v Australia

1pt Shikhar Dhawan Top India Batsman at 3/1

0.5pt Farhaan Behardien Top South Africa Batsman at 7/1

1pt Chris Lynn Top Australian Batsman at 7/2

Having completed a 4-1 victory in the ODI series, it was business as usual for India when they trounced South Africa in the opening T20 International in Johannesburg at the weekend and the visitors should be able to repeat the dose on Wednesday.

Despite 70 from opener Reeza Hendricks and a brisk 39 from Farhaan Behardien, South Africa were never really in the hunt as they attempted to chase down India's daunting total of 203.

With injuries to key batsmen AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy has taken over the captaincy but, along with David Miller, has found his best form hard come by and the home side look set to struggle again when the second match of the series takes place at SuperSport Park.

India have no such worries, with Virat Kohli continuing to lead the side with his usual mix of aggression and enthusiasm.

For once, Kohli wasn't the star of the show in Johannesburg as opener Shikhar Dhawan took advantage of some wayward bowling from an inexperienced home attack to plunder a 39-ball 72 and maintain his current purple patch.

In his last six international innings, Dhawan has registered scores of 72, 18, 34, 109, 76, and 51* and is a man in the form of his life at present, clearly benefiting from the South African short-ball method of attack which has afforded him plenty of scoring opportunities.

With Kohli again expected to come in at number four, Dhawan looks the man to be with in the India Top Batsman market at 3/1 and could also be worth a smaller wager to score the most runs in the match, with Sky Bet boosting those odds to 6/1.

South Africa's batting is harder to predict and with the brilliant Bhuvneshwar Kumar again fancied to cause plenty of early damage with the new ball, it could be worth looking lower down the order.

At 7/1, the impressive Farhaan Behardien fits the bills having built on his strong recent domestic form with a useful contribution in the first game.

A bottom-hand player who is adept at rotating the strike when facing the spinners, Behardien has added some power to his game more recently and looks to have been underestimated in the betting.

The Trans-Tasman Tri-Series comes to a conclusion with New Zealand and Australia contesting the final at Eden Park on Wednesday.

The two sides produced a run-fest when meeting at this same venue five days ago with Australia chasing down New Zealand's monster 243-6 with five wickets and seven balls to spare.

The notoriously short boundaries here will have ensured plenty more nightmares for bowlers on either side and with Australia shorn of the services of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, their bench strength has been well truly tested in the past few weeks.

However, David Warner's impressive captaincy has marshalled the rookie attack excellently with Billy Stanlake's impressive pace and bounce backed up by AJ Tye's variations and spinner Ashton Agar.

Agar is arguably the most promising finger spinner in the world at present and the Western Australian has been the best bowler on show in the series so far, his four wickets accompanied by a miserly economy of 6.28.

For their part, New Zealand's frontline attack has been somewhat overshadowed with Trent Boult leaking runs at over ten an over and Ish Sodhi's leg-spin slightly disappointing.

Australia look solid favourites at 8/15 with New Zealand losing another tight encounter against England at the weekend but there might be a better value elsewhere.

David Warner and Darcy Short did the damage when the sides met last week but Short, in particular, enjoyed his fair share of luck and number three Chris Lynn looks worth sticking in the Top Australian Batsman market at odds of 7/2 with Sky Bet .

Lynn is one of the most destructive T20 players on the planet, his Big Bash exploits earning him bumper deals in the IPL, and though a troublesome shoulder injury held him back a few months ago, scores of 44, 31 and 18 in three of his last four innings suggest he is nearing his peak again.

The diameters of the Eden Park Stadium should certainly suit his heaving-hitting game and the Brisbane Heat star will be relishing getting to work on this batting paradise.

New Zealand's batting has relied heavily on openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro and the Kiwis could be up against it should that pair fail to fire.

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