The first test of the much awaited test series between South Africa and India begins tomorrow at Newlands in Cape Town. The pitch is obviously expected to assist the fast bowlers with good bounce and movement, especially in the first 30 overs with the new ball. This in itself gives an advantage to South Africa, as they clearly have a better pace attack and they are more familiar with the conditions. In other words, South Africa will be overwhelming favourites for cricket betting.
But India will not be easy pushovers. They may not have established themselves as great batsmen against fast bowling. But the batsmen have the fighting spirit and skills required to tackle high quality pace bowling. This will be a fascinating context – both for watching and for online betting.
Preview – South Africa
South Africa’s batting line-up picks itself. Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, and Quinton de Kock. It is the bowling line-up that they have an embarrassment of riches. Dale Steyn is back from an injury. But he may not play in the first test. That means Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel will be the lead speedsters. Keshav Maharaj is the lone spinner in the attack. The choice of the next man will cause a headache to South African selectors. If they are looking for an extra batsman, they can opt for Temba Bavuma. If they are looking to reinforce the bowling, they can pick Chris Morris, the fast-bowling all-rounder.
Whatever be the shape of the team, the South Africa will remain the favourites for cricket betting.
India – Preview
It is almost confirmed that Shikhar Dhavan will open with M. Vijay, leaving KL Rahul in the sidelines. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are automatic choices. It looks like Rohit Sharma will get the nod as the sixth batsman. In bowling front, Ravindra Jadeja is down with fever. That means R. Ashwin will be lone spinner. The recent news reports suggest that he has been practising leg-spin bowling too. So don’t be surprised if Ashwin bowls leg spin also.
The most important thing is the fast-bowling combination. Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Buvneshwar Kumar will be the most likely combination. This is a good and promising combination for India. They will give a stiff competition to the South Africans.
Prediction for cricket betting: Whoever catch better will win. By that logic, South Africa should emerge victorious.