The third and final test between New Zealand and South Africa starts tomorrow at Seddon Park. The rain-affected first test was drawn, and South Africa won the roller-coaster second test by eight wickets. The second test was much closer than what the scoreline indicates. Will this test be as close? Or where should one put the money in cricket betting? Well, South Africa seem to have the momentum and confidence. However, New Zealand are capable of upsetting the best at their home turf.
Preview – New Zealand
Injuries to key players have forced New Zealand to field a new-look bowling unit. Trent Boult and Tim Southee are injured. That will certainly burden Neil Wagner’s shoulders. He will have Matt Henry as the newball partner. New Zealand could decide to strengthen the bowling by picking Scott Kuggeleijn ahead of James Neesham. Of late, Seddon Park has developed a reputation as a slow and turning surface. That will keep the spinners Mitchell Santner and Jeetan Patel interested. It should also make you interested in the odds for a New Zealand win.
Batting department too will have a depleted look because of Ross Taylor’s injury. Kane Williamson will have to play a defining innings to counter the South African quicks. New Zealand batsmen hold the key to this match. If they perform well, they can put South Africa under pressure. Otherwise, they run the risk of losing the series.
South Africa – Preview
South Africa are playing below their best, and still winning matches. They look a better side. However, form of their top order is a worry. Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy are getting starts, but are failing to make them into substantial total. Quinton de Kock is in good form. But he is nursing an injury. South Africa could risk him playing this match. They are really eager to win this match.
South Africa’s bowling has been top class. They have not allowed New Zealand to post big totals. In fact, it is because of their bowling that they are in a dominant position in the series. The form of their bowlers should also make you confident of putting your money in their favour for match winner bets.
South Africa have the edge, especially after injuries to crucial players in the New Zealand’s line-up. It’s better to back them for betting purposes.