After defeating hosts in the T20 games, followed by a series win in ODIs, team South Africa will now face the Team India in longer version of the game. The Test series will commence on 5 November 2015; the opening match being scheduled to be held at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali.
The Proteas have displayed excellent cricket in the tournament so far. The expert analysis suggests a tough game ahead for both the sides. If the visitors are high on confidence on one hand, then the hosts are also under pressure to perform to maintain their supremacy. Visitors have emerged as a powerful set of players in the games that have concluded recently. The two teams have played against one another 12 times in India and stand as equals at 5 each, while 2 matches did not produce any result.
Hashim Amla will now be leading the Proteas in India vs South Africa 1st Test, whereas Kohli will don the Captain’s hat for entire series. Going by the scenario of recently held games, hosts won the Test series 2-1 against islanders. The visitors, however, were able to draw the two games against Bangladesh. Ahead of the 1st match, we bring you a quick expert analysis on betting tips, odds and predictions for India vs South Africa 1st Test.
The upcoming match marks Kohli’s debut as Test Captain at home. Amongst key bowlers Mishra, Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have performed really well in the recently concluded matches. Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny and Bhuvneshwar Kumar can also assist well with the ball. As for batting department, Kohli leads the pack. Other batsmen in the list include names of Rahane, Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha and Rohit Sharma.
Finding the right combination of players is the main problem that team management is facing right now. However, team India has the caliber and spirit to win the forthcoming match. This is why there are high betting odds in favor of team India.
Batting, bowling or fielding; the players have exhibited excellent cricketing skills. Amla, Faf, AB, Jean Paul Duminy, and Dane Vilas add variety to the team’s batting line-up. The competitive bowling side revolves around Morkel, Imran Tahir, Simon Harmer and Rabada amongst other notable names.
It is a good scoring pitch and the ball turns well for fast bowlers. It is expected that the toss winning captain will prefer to bat first to set a good total. Overall, it will be a hard-earned win for any of the two sides. If the weather does not play spoil sport then the hosts might open their account in the Test series on a winning note. The betting odds for India vs South Africa 1st Test as per experts stands at-
India- 2.54, South Africa- 2.94 and Draw- 3.4
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