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South Africa v India 1st Test – Match Preview
India have never won a Test series in South Africa. They will be hard pressed to overturn this record against the Proteas.
Where: SuperSport Park, Centurion
When: Sunday, 26 October 2021
Start time: 13:30 IST (08:00 GMT)
Pitch conditions: South Africa have won all of their last seven Tests in Centurion. This venue has been good to teams bowling last. India have never won a Test here. The hosts could be tempted to play an all-seam bowling attack.
Weather conditions: The long-term weather forecast for Centurion suggests showers on day one before the conditions clear up for the rest of the scheduled days. Temperatures in the mid to late 20 degrees celsius are expected.
South Africa v India 1st Test – Latest Odds
1xBet are among the best cricket betting sites in India and continue to impress with attractive Test odds and outright markets.
They have India priced as 1.838 favourites. The Proteas are offered as 3.06 underdogs. You can bet on a draw at 5.8.
South Africa v India 1st Test – Team News
Marco Jansen – The uncapped fast bowler is in the Proteas squad. He played for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
Aiden Markram – The Proteas batsman is a force to be reckoned with at the top of the order. He has been in solid form.
Anrich Nortje – The South African star could take advantage of the conditions, which traditionally suit the quicker bowlers.
Rohit Sharma – He has been ruled out of the series due to injury and India will miss his dominance at the top of the order.
Mayank Agarwal – The talented Agarwal should get another chance to impress, especially with Sharma not playing.
South Africa v India 1st Test – Betting Tips and Predictions
We have more expert cricket betting tips for you. Use these when considering your choices. These predictions are filled with good odds.
Bet on Elgar as Top SA Batsman
Dean Elgar will continue to captain the South African Test XI. He relishes the added responsibility, which fires up his batting.
Elgar is a steely left-handed opening batsman with 13 Test centuries to his name. He could do well at his home ground again.
22Bet’s price of 4.0 for Elgar to be the top South African batsman – in the first innings – looks good. Find him in their player of the match markets, too.
Pick Iyer for Top India Batsman
Shreyas Iyer has been a top performer in the Indian Premier League for several seasons. Last month, he welcomed a successful Test debut against New Zealand.
He struck 105 and 65 on debut and can take this momentum into the series opener against South Africa, who should be wary of his talent.
Bet on Iyer to be the top India batsman in the first innings at 5.0 with 1xBet. This could bring really good value.
Select Shami for Top India Bowler
Mohammed Shami is one of the most experienced Indian seamers. He is also one of their quicker bowlers. He should relish the conditions.
Even if the deck is a bit placid, Shami has it in him to extract the type of pace, bounce and carry to truly trouble the opposition.
He has been priced at 3.5 by Megapari to be the top India bowler in the first innings. You could also look at Jasprit Bumrah in this market.
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