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South Africa vs India Prediction – 1st Test

Following a closely fought T20I and challenging ODIs, South Africa and India engage in intense red-ball cricket in the ICC World Test Championship. 

The inaugural test at SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium on December 26, 2023, promises a Boxing Day spectacle, offering both pride and valuable championship points.

With a history of fiercely contested series, both teams aim to showcase their cricketing prowess and secure crucial points in the championship race. 

The SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium in Centurion is set to witness a battle of skill and strategy as the two cricketing giants lock horns on this historic Boxing Day encounter. The top bookmakers in India have great odds for the Test series. 

In the last 7 matches, Rohit has an average of 49.09.

The betting tip is...

Rohit Sharma to score 49.5+ runs in the Test match

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South Africa vs India Official Lineups

South AfricaSouth Africa
Dean Elgar
Temba Bavuma
Aiden Markram
Kagiso Rabada
Keegan Petersen
Marlon Jansen
Tony de Zorzi
Kyle Verreynne
Nandre Burger
David Bedingham
Marco Jansen
Gerald Coetzee
IndiaIndia
Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli
Ravichandran Ashwin
KL Rahul
Jasprit Bumrah
Shreyas Iyer
Shardul Thakur
Prasidh Krishna
Mohammed Siraj
Yashasvi Jaiswal
Shubman Gill

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India
2

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South Africa Team News

Temba Bavuma is ready to take the white jersey back and lead the Proteas again. Another player who will be back from a break and eager to go full throttle against the Indian batters is Kagiso Rabada.

Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram will open the batting, followed by captain Bavuma, de Zorzi, and Keegan Peterson. Heinrich Klaasen is not available, so either Tristan Stubbs or Kyle Verreynne will have an opportunity to wear the whites.

Rabada, Mulder, Jansen, and Coetzee are the four fast bowlers expected to be on the team; Maharaj is the only spinner.

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17-02-2024
New Zealand
211/10 & 269/3
South Africa
242/10 & 235/10
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Test Match
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08-02-2024
New Zealand
511/10 & 179/4
South Africa
162/10 & 247/10
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Test Match
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07-01-2024
South Africa
55/10 & 176/10
India
153/10 & 80/3
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Test Match
W
30-12-2023
South Africa
408/10
India
245/10 & 131/10
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Test Match
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21-12-2023
South Africa
218/10
India
296/8
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ODI

South Africa Lineup Prediction

 Kagiso Rabada (37 wickets in the past 8 matches) and Dean Elgar (509 runs in the last 10 matches) are expected to be the bowler and the batter to watch out for, respectively.

Predicted Lineup: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Keegan Peterson, Tony de Zorzi, Temba Bavuma (c), Kyle Verreynne (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, and Gerlad Coetzee

India Team News

The two most crucial players for the men in blue, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, are expected to return and participate in the Test series. To everyone's astonishment, KL Rahul will be the starting wicketkeeper and play in the middle order.

In this series, Shubman Gill is expected to bat at number three, with Rohit Sharma opening the inning with Yashasvi Jaiswal. After a lengthy absence, Shreyas Iyer will also rejoin the test team.

India will probably field two spinners and three pacers because Ashwin and Jadeja are both very important members of this test team. Shardul Thakur might provide Bumrah and Siraj with backup bowling since Shami isn't available.

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21-12-2023
India
445/10 & 430/4
England
319/10 & 122/10
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ODI
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21-12-2023
India
396/10 & 255/10
England
253/10 & 292/10
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ODI
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21-12-2023
India
436/10 & 202/10
England
246/10 & 420/10
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ODI
W
21-12-2023
India
212/4 & 16/0 & 11/2
Afghanistan
212/6 & 16/1 & 1/2
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ODI
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21-12-2023
India
173/4
Afghanistan
172/10
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ODI

India Lineup Prediction

The batter to watch out for is Virat Kohli (633 runs in the last 10 matches), whereas the bowler to look for is Ravichandran Ashwin (47 wickets in the last 8 matches).

Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj

South Africa vs India Betting Tips

In their previous Boxing Day test clash in 2021, India emerged victorious over South Africa. Having secured a 3-2 advantage in the last five red-ball encounters, India faces the challenge of handling formidable bowlers on bouncy pitches, where they will showcase their peak performance.

The outcome of the test match will hinge on the team that successfully claims all 20 wickets, shaping the narrative of this anticipated contest.

In the last 7 matches, Rohit has an average of 49.09.

The betting tip is...

Rohit Sharma to score 49.5+ runs in the Test match

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My name is Aditya Dara and I am the Cricket expert of Betindia. Growing up in Hyderabad I have been an SRH fan all my life. I have 5 years of experience in betting on cricket, especially on IPL and matches of the Indian national team. I love writing about cricket related subjects and giving tips for cricket predictions on many different leagues. Keep an eye out for my content if you are interested in cricket betting.

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