South Africa U-19 will take on Bangladesh U-19 in the third Super League Quarter-final of the ICC U-19 World Cup at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Thursday.
While India and Australia kick off their U-19 encounters tomorrow in Potchefstroom, the caravan will stay there for a while as the hosts will take on promising Bangladesh in the third Super League stage of the tournament. I understand how tough it is to follow an U-19 game in the time of several international and A tours, but worry not. I, being an avid fan of U-19 cricket, followed it pretty closely and brought these three markets for you which will help you earn a lot. Go ahead and place your bets.
Well, I am not a frustrated South African fan trying to jinx the game by betting for Bangladesh. It is my real money and I am damn serious about it. South Africa were probably handed the easiest of the draws to finish at the top of the table in Group D, an ensemble that had Canada U-19, Afghanistan U-19 and UAE U-19 but they ended at the second position after losing to the South Asian nation. On the other hand, Bangladesh just had a fine campaign, convincingly beating Zimbabwe and Scotland in the process while the Pakistan game ended in no result. South Africa are too dependent on their skipper Bryce Parsons and that doesn’t augur well as the most important game of the tournament so far comes calling for them at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. Bangladesh, however, is improving on a regular basis, coming to a point of dominating the attack in the entire group stage, where they secured one nine-wicket and one seven-wicket victory. Conditions at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom supports slow bowlers, something Bangladesh will fancy their chances against one-trick pony South Africa. So yeah, Don’t think much - this might seem a risky bet but I am sure that it is not.
Not only is Bryce Parsons the most successful batsman for South Africa so far, he is in fact the highest run-scorer in the tournament too, with 245 runs at an insane average of 81.66. Batting at No.3, the South African skipper is the fulcrum of the side and the way he paced his innings against Canada U-19 on his way to a 90-ball century makes things pretty clear. Even though Eastern Province’s Luke Beaufort has his time under the sun, with his 85 against UAE matching his skipper for shot to shot, he has been too erratic otherwise, scoring a combined 56 runs in the other two encounters. While Parsons has 245 runs, with Beaufort following him at 141, the worst part, which in fact, makes our bet a convincing one is - the third highest run-scorer for the hosts sits at 20th position with 97 runs to his name. This is the easiest and most mind-boggling bet of all. Then what are you waiting for? Go ahead and triple your money for the one-man standing in South Africa’s win and exit.
Well, for me, this is as easy as it could get. In simple words, both teams have had a stinker of a tournament when it comes to their opening partnerships. In the three matches of the tournament, South Africa’s opening partnerships have been 1, 22 and 63, making them one of the worst in the ongoing World Cup. Although Bangladesh have been slightly better with 22, 29, and 11 in their three group games, it is prudent that we choose the best case scenario. The duo of Tanzid Hasan and Parvez Hossain Emon have been quite shaky in the tournament, getting as many as two lives before actually being dismissed which makes my point even stronger. Well, surely, if the four out of the six situations being outright correct and the other two barely missing the mark, we should go ahead with the best case situation. Banking on the first wicket to fall under the first wicket partnership reaches 25 is my way to go, and yours should too.