New Zealand will clash with South Africa on Day 3 of the first of the two match test series. The third day of the test match will begin at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on February 19, Saturday. Have a look at the top three betting tips from the NZ vs SA match prediction.
On the first day of the test match, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. The Kiwis who are without their full time skipper Kane Williamson restricted the Proteas to 95 in the first innings. New Zealand resumed from 116/3 on Day 2 just 21 ahead of South Africa. The Black Caps then posted a massive total of 482 and were leading by 387 runs at the end of the first innings. Henry Nicholl’s played an excellent 105 run knock and hit his eight century. Tom Blundell hammered 96 runs in the middle along with Matt Henry who took 7-23 in the first innings remained unbeaten after scoring 58. The home side totally dominated the visitors in the first two days of the test match. South Africa’s hopes of saving the test match dented further when they lost three in the fifth over when they came out to bat on the fag end of Day 2. The Proteas were struggling at 4/3 when Temba Bavuma and Rassie Van Der Dussen came out to bat. At stumps on Day 2, South Africa are trailing by 353 runs with 34/3 on the board. Temba Bavuma remained unbeaten at 22 off 20 while Rassie Van Der Dussen scored 9. New Zealand are brimming with confidence and there’s no way the Proteas can save the match. Day 3 is usually the moving day in a test match but here it could possibly be the final day of the test match. Therefore, I have come up with the best of odds from the NZ vs SA 1st test Day 3 for you punters to bet on.
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The 31 year old South African batsmen is my first pick from the New Zealand vs South Africa Day 3 match prediction. Bavuma is the first black African cricketer to score a test century and also the first one to lead the side. Despite not having the advantage of height or power, breaking Bavuma’s defence is a tough nut to crack. The right handed top order batsmen from Cape Town brings a fair amount of experience to the side. In 47 tests, he has racked up 2318 runs at an average of 34.08. Although he was dismissed cheaply in the first innings, the 31 year old averages about 39 against the Kiwis. Bavuma has added 312 runs to his tally of total runs from 6 games. Bavuma averages about 29.80 in the second innings and has added 775 runs to his tally of total runs. While playing under skipper Dean Elgar, his average rises to 45.12 and has amassed 361 runs from 6 games. Temba Bavuma has been in fine form lately. In the three match test series against India at home, he smashed 221 runs from three games at an average of 73.66. At stumps on Day 2, Bavuma is batting at 22 off just 20 deliveries and has already smashed 4 fours. It is expected that Bavuma will deliver with the bat in SA’s 2nd innings and will score over 36.5. Our affiliate partner Pari Match has offered odds of 1.62 in Bavuma’s favour from the NZ vs SA 1st test Day 3 match prediction.
The 33 year old top order batsmen is my next pick from the New Zealand vs South Africa Day 3 match prediction. Van Der Dussen is a domestic legend but it took him some time to catch the attention of the national selectors. Van Der Dussen made his test debut at the age of 30 against England back in 2019. Since then, the Pretoria born cricketer has featured in about 13 tests and has racked up 727 runs at an average of 34.61. Although he is yet to score a hundred in the longest format of the game, he has a couple of fifties to his name already. His average rises to 58 in the 3rd or 4th innings of the game. His career highest score of 98 came in the 4th innings against England back in 2020. The right hander has scored about 271 runs in 5 innings at an average of 38.71 when playing away from home. Van Der Dussen is batting at 9* off 12 deliveries at stumps on Day 2. Although he was dismissed cheaply in the first innings, we expect the vastly experienced batsmen to bounce back in SA’s 2nd innings and score over 21.5. Pari Match has offered odds of 1.59 in Van Der Dussen’s favour from the NZ vs SA 1st test Day 3 match prediction.
South Africa were struggling at 4/3 when Temba Bavuma and Rassie Van Der Dussen came out to bat at the fag end of Day 2. So far, the two have added 30 runs for the fourth wicket. Temba Bavuma remained unbeaten at 22 off just 20 deliveries and has already hit 4 fours while Rassie Van Der Dussen has scored 9 off 12 deliveries. In the third and the final series against India at home, the duo added 57 runs for the fourth wicket and helped the Proteas chase down the total. Van Der Dussen remained unbeaten for 41 while Bavuma remained unbeaten for 32. The two looked settled at the crease on Day 2 and they quickly moved the scoreboard. South Africa were under a lot of pressure after losing three wickets in the first five overs but the duo of Van Der Dussen and Bavuma took the pressure off them by scoring quick runs. We expect South Africa’s total to be above 51.5 before one of them gets out and we suggest you to bet on the same at odds of 1.87 through our affiliate partner Pari Match.
Temba Bavuma to score over 36.5 - @ 1.62 (Pari Match)
Rassie Van Der Dussen to score over 21.5 - @ 1.59 (Pari Match)
South Africa’s total to be over 51.5 before 4th dismissal - @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
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