South Africa will cross roads with Bangladesh yet again but this time it will be in a two-match Test series. The first of which will be hosted at the Kingsmead in Durban from March 31, Thursday. This is yet another opportunity to make some money and therefore I have put together a list of the top three betting tips from the SA vs BAN 1st Test Day 1 head-to-head encounter.
Who would have thought, eh? Bangladesh walking into South Africa and will be handing them an ODI series defeat? Few years ago, we would have laughed it off but not no more! The Bangla Tigers have now won their first ever ODI series against South Africa and it was further sweetened with the fact that it came in the latter’s backyard. Now the focus shifts to the longest format of the game. Remember, with the Indian Premier League underway, South Africa are set to miss a number of key players like Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen, Anrich Nortje and Rassie Van der Dussen. Moreover, Zubayr Hamza has been suspended for using a banned substance. Dean Elgar will have to lead from the front and Mominul Haque will have a comparatively easier challenge up his sleeves. But we can write off South Africa, can we? While we wait in anticipation for the match to kickstart, let us take a look at the top betting tips from the SA vs BAN 1st Test Day 1 head-to-head clash.
There is one particular team market that I would like to go with despite the hosts’ loss against Bangladesh in the ODIs. Many of you will be rethinking but I have my rhymes and reasons to go for it and so will you, once you go through my tip.
I know many of you will be wondering why did I opt for South Africa instead of the visitors, who are in spectacular form. But beating South Africa at home, that too in Test matches, is a mountainous task. South Africa recently defeated India at home and they were 1-0 down. They came back from behind to oust the Indian team, who are absolutely relentless in the longest format of the game. Coming back to these two teams, South Africa have managed to win 10 out of 12 Test matches against Bangladesh so far. That is a sensational record to hold against a Test playing nation. The last Test series Bangladesh played was against New Zealand and boy did they play well. Bangladesh walked into the land of the Kiwis and managed to draw a Test series 1-1. However, in the previous calendar year, Bangladesh managed to win just 1 out of their 7 Test matches they played. Pari Match should be offering the best of odds for a South African victory in the SA vs BAN 1st Test match prediction.
Even if a number of key players will be missing from the South Africa Test squad due to the IPL, there are two players who will surely step up to the plate cometh this Test match between the Proteas and Bangladesh.
The South African skipper Dean Elgar will have a massive job up his sleeves as the Proteas are gearing up for this forthcoming Test series against Bangladesh. Elgar is a fantastic red-ball player and the South African Test skipper Dean Elgar has a staggering batting average of 101.25 against Bangladesh. Overall in 74 Test matches, the left-handed batsman has scored 4637 runs at an average of almost 39.00. While playing on the South African soil, Elgar has played 42 Test matches and has scored 2932 runs at an average of 46.53. In the first match of any Test series, the left-handed batter has an average of 43.78. In the ICC World Test Championship, Elgar has played 18 Test matches and has scored 1225 runs at an average of almost 40.00. In the last three knocks against Bangladesh, Elgar has racked up two centuries. Pari Match should offer the best of odds for Dean Elgar to excel with the bat in the SA vs BAN 1st Test Day 1 match prediction.
Last but not the least, I have South Africa’s white-ball skipper Temba Bavuma for you guys to bet on. This little fella has revolutionised his batting technique in the last couple of years and has become a very good middle-order batter. The right-handed batsman has played 49 Test matches and has scored 2418 runs at an average of 33.58. In four matches against Bangladesh, Bavuma sports a batting average of 54.33 in the longest format of the game. In the ongoing calendar year, the right hander has been maintaining an average of 39.00. Under the captaincy of Dean Elgar, Bavuma has been averaging almost 40.00 with the bat in Test cricket. In the ICC World Test Championship, Bavuma has maintained an average of 35.10. Pari Match should offer the best of odds for Temba Bavuma to do well with the bat in the SA vs BAN 1st Test match prediction.
South Africa to win - @ 1.17 (Pari Match)
Dean Elgar To Score Over 32.5 Runs - @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
Temba Bavuma To Score Over 29.5 Runs - @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
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