Cricket Betting: South Africa vs Sri Lanka Test Series Preview

December 24, 2016 by Posted in Betting Tips, Cricket Tips

South Africa Test Cricket

Sri Lanka start their South African three-month safari as the first of the three Sunfoil Test matches are set to be played from December 26 at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

Buoyant hosts

Not many would have tipped South Africa to be as dominant as they were against Australia – especially down under. Even the lone loss they picked up came in the dead rubber under lights and shouldn’t worry Russel Domingo too much. What’s remarkable is the fact that they achieved the win without superstar AB de Villiers and star bowler Dale Steyn.

Batting looks settled with Faf du Plessis in sparkling form recently. Hashim Amla may have struggled but he’s too good to fail for long. Stephen Cook scored a battling century in the final Test against Australia, which should do him a world of good.
Bowling continues to be the strong point for the Proteas where the trio of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott seem settled and well-covered in all bases. With the conditions set to favor them, there could be a clamor to field an all-pace attack too!

Battling Lankans

Sri Lanka have traditionally struggled in these conditions of pace and bounce. They lost their last series 2-1, but the win came in Durban aided by spin. Angelo Mathews will hope that his young batting unit will come good – and there is no shortage of talent. The one to watch for will definitely be Kusal Mendis with his calm approach at the crease.

Bowling will revolve around veteran Rangana Herath but the pace trio of Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep give hope of putting the hosts on the mat. Mathews will also look to contribute with the ball which means a better fight from the visitors.

How The Series Will Play Out

South Africa is a tough place to come for the Lankans and it could be another stringent test of their survival capabilities. It is difficult to see how the Lankans could avoid a whitewash. The Proteas should cleansweep this one – starting with a strong opening match and an easy win.

Tip: South Africa to Win 1st Test – $1.25 at Sportsbet

Faf is in such fine nick that you should once again back his chances to be the hosts’ best batsman, while Abbott replaced Steyn in Australia with aplomb and should once again top the hunt for wickets.

– Tip: Faf du Plessis Best South Africa Bat – $4 at Sportsbet
– Tip: Kyle Abbott Most South Africa Wickets – 3.75 at Sportsbet


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