Sri Lanka will be facing South Africa in the 1st test of a two-match series starting on Saturday, the 26th of December, at Supersport Park in Centurion.
Sri Lanka was the first Asian team to ever win a Test Series in South Africa against them when they played last in 2019. Sri Lanka, in fact, won the last 4 test matches the two teams faced. South Africa has an excellent record when it comes to their home grounds and thus are the favourites to win. The two teams last faced each other at Centurion back in 2002 and South Africa won all three matches played there. To put this even more concretely, South Africa has won 20 matches, lost 2, and drawn 3 matches in Centurion from the 25 games. The South African team has been riddled by the pandemic affecting them, though the players are now cured while the Sri Lankan team would be a little out of practice as they haven't played since March including practice matches. The stage is set and the match is going to be thunderous, and as such, I have assorted the three top bets for you to bet on and make money from the match.
Sri Lanka and South Africa are not the most offensive sides when it comes to batting, if we look at the match totals, in various games, we find this a really easy bet to figure out. In the last 5 matches played by South Africa, the totals for them were as follows: 457, 446, 471, 556, 295 with an average team total of 482.0. Similarly, in the last 5 matches played by Sri Lanka, their totals were as follows: 427, 529, 483, 366, 535, with an average team total of 482.0. This is clearly in favour of our bet, but if we further look at the last 5 head to head matches between the teams, the match totals were as follows: 701, 989, 1027, 676, 734 with an average match total of 825.4, they were able to score over 1005.5 runs in only one match. RoyalPanda.com has offered odds of 1.85 for Total Match runs to be under 1005.5 runs.
I have found a winning bet that allows you to win more than double your money. Sri Lanka has had much better partnerships throughout, averaging at 42.22 from 10 innings in the last 5 head to head matches while South Africa has an average of 16.22, this is even starker if we look at their partnerships in the first innings, where SriLanka has an average of 40.8 compared to a meagre average of 13.0 by the South African team. SriLanka also scored higher in 4 out of the 5 1st innings of the matches. If we further look at their partnerships in the last 5 matches the teams played South Africa has managed an average of 21.8 from their last 5 matches compared to Sri Lanka who has an average of 42.4 from the first innings of their last 5 games. LeoVegas has offered odds of 2.23 for Sri Lanka to get the highest opening partnership in the 1st innings and you should not miss out on this bet.
I have a bet here that is not only a winner but will allow you to make more than triple the money you put in. In the last 5 head to head matches between the teams, Sri Lanka hit a total of 17 sixes( 4, 7, 2, 3, 1)at an average of 3.4 while South Africa managed to hit a total of only 6 sixes(0, 1, 3, 2, 0) at an average of 1.2, they managed to hit more sixes than Sri Lanka only once. Even if we look at their last 5 matches, Sri Lanka hit a total of 22 sixes at an average of 4.4 and they conceded 37 sixes at an average of 7.4, while South Africa only managed to hit 19 sixes at an average of 3.8, and they conceded 63 sixes at an average of 12.6. So not only is Sri Lanka hitting more sixes than South Africa, but they are also conceding fewer sixes than them, which makes this bet a complete winner. To end on a high note, RoyalPanda has offered odds of 3.60 for Sri Lanka to hit the most match sixes.
Total Match runs to be under 1005.5 runs. - @1.87(RoyalPanda.com)
Sri Lanka to get the highest opening partnership in the 1st innings - @2.23(LeoVegas.com)
Sri Lanka to hit the most match sixes - @3.60(RoyalPanda.com)