Bangladesh will take on Faf du Plessis’ South Africa in the first Test of a two-Test series, starting September 28. Bangladesh have lost all four previous Tests in South Africa by an innings, despite winning the toss on all four occasions. In their favor, though, is their improved form in recent times, and a Potchefstroom pitch which is less likely to help South Africa’s redoubtable fast bowlers. South Africa on the other hand, goes into the series after losing a four-match series in England this year and still without key elements of their pace attack, it surely will not be an easy affair for them.
South Africa will have the edge over Bangladesh making them favorable over for Bangladesh in cricket betting on this test.
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Chris Morris, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn remain sidelined, leaving Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada to lead the seam attack while the 22-year-old ‘special player’ Aiden Markham as described by Dean Elgar will make his debut as the latest opening partner alongside him. As for Elgar, the opener has contributed enough to South Africa in Test cricket last year, by being the second highest run-scorer in Test cricket in 2017 with an aggregate of 767 runs, putting him second to India’s Cheteshwar Pujara (851). Elgar hopes to continue the consistency in the upcoming matches. He feels Bangladesh are yet to prove their stance away, and that could be an advantage for the Proteas.
In the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, who has been granted a break from Tests, Bangladesh will bank on captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal to provide the batting attack needed. Shakib has also been a mainstay of Bangladesh’s bowling attack, which looks short of experience without him. Left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan are likely to be key figures for the team. As far as the pitch goes, Bangladesh’s batsmen need not worry too much, and they can look forward to moving numbers fast on the scoreboard.