India vs South Africa: Complete Betting Guide to the First Test

Ed Hawkins

Monday, September 30, 2019 7:39 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 30, 2019 7:39 PM UTC

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<div><h2>India vs South Africa</h2><p><strong>2 October 2019 at Vizag</strong></p><p>Ordinarily when India are at home, the opposition strap themselves down and wait for the turbulence. A Test series in India is the toughest examination in the game for a non-Asian team. But South Africa don’t want your pity. Their record is good.</p><p>In 18 Tests there, they have won five and draw three. They could give a good account of themselves in game one, particularly as they showed decent gumption and guts in a warm-up.</p><p>It is true, though, they are reliant on three batters. And three only. Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar will surely have to drop anchor for half a day to get them a foothold. Faf Du Plessis also has it in him. Otherwise it is a young, talented but inexperienced batting line-up.</p><p>We have no such worries with the ball. The balance is good. Vernon Philander, who needs to contribute runs, is the man who holds it all together. Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada are pacers who can give India the hurry up in short bursts. Keshav Maharaj is their No 1 spinner and will do a job. His back-up, Dane Piedt, not so much.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>India can be a little sluggish in the first Test of a home series of more than one game. They have two draws, a defeat and a win in their last four. They’re not much fun at 1.53 (8/15), particularly pre-toss. South Africa are a value chance if they can use a wearing pitch in their favour. They are 7.0 (6/1) with Ladbrokes. That will take a cut if they bat first. The draw is 4.5 (7/2) with Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill.</p><p>Our top wager is backing Virat Kohli for highest India runscorer in the first dig. Betway are out on their own at 3.6 (13/5). By our reckoning (two-year form), he should be 2.6. That’s double stakes territory for us considering his class.</p><p>Another 2.6 chance on our books is Ravi Ashwin for top India bowler in the first-innings. Luckily, he’s 3.25 (9/4) with William Hill. Ashwin has plenty to prove after being overlooked in the West Indies. Remember, Jasprit Bumrah, the pace ace, is injured.</p><h2>Best Bets</h2><p><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Virat Kohli top India bat 3.6 Unibet</strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Ravi Ashwin top India bowler 3.25 William Hill</strong></em></a></p></div>
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