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Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - India v South Africa 1st Test

Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, Indian Team
Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, Indian Team
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The 1st Test of the three-match series between India and South Africa will be played at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.


After South Africa succeeded in drawing the T20I series, it is now time for the real test. As the Proteas walk out for the first Test on Wednesday in Visakhapatnam, they will not have happy memories of their last tour when they lost 3-0. The bottomline could have easily read 4-0 had the Bengaluru Test not been washed out.

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The thorn in the Protea flash on the last tour were the spinning wickets and they would be expecting nothing different this time around. More so, with the retirement of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn, there has been a drop in the quality of the South African squad which will not make things any easier for them.

The biggest threat for them would be the pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who picked up 31 and 23 wickets respectively on the last tour.

South Africa will look towards their openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram to give them a good start. Markram, in particular, has been in fine form leading up to the series with couple of centuries - 161 against India A in Mysore and an unbeaten ton in the practice match against India board president's XI.

Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj will be their chief strikers with the ball. The toss-up will be between Lungi Ngidi and Dane Peidt for their fourth bowling option.

India will have the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agrawal, who will both be making their Test debuts in India. With Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the ranks, the only challenge for India would be to put runs on the board. The rest will be taken care of by the spinners.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

India- Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

South Africa- Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Dane Peidt, Lungi Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - India

Who will win? – India

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Cheteshwar Pujara (India), Aiden Markram (South Africa)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ravichandran Ashwin (India), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

Most Sixes – Virat Kohli (India), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

Man of the Match – Ravichandran  Ashwin

Team Scores Batting first – India 340+, South Africa 260+

Match Handicap India

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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