Cricket Betting Odds for India v South Africa: 1st Test

By Matt Harris on September 30, 2019

South African cricket may be going through a transitional period right now, but by drawing the T20 leg of this tour, the visitors showed that they cannot be written off. In the longer form of the game, it may be even tougher for South Africa to compete. But, at least they have received some reinforcements who will add experience to that young T20 unit. Now, it’s time to look at the cricket betting odds for India v South Africa.

The first of three test matches starts in Visakhapatnam this Wednesday, October 1st, but what do the sportsbooks make of it all?

What are the cricket betting odds for India v South Africa?

India are very short favourites to win this opening game. You can currently back the home side at odds of 1.53 with Bet365. A win for South Africa is out to 6.00, while the draw comes in at 4.25.

We saw some poor weather interfere with the T20 games and the forecast isn’t good for Visakhapatnam. So, the draw may be an option if that prediction delivers.

South Africa will be much changed from the side that contested the T20is. Faf Du Plessis returns from a spell in English county cricket and the captain is joined at the top of the order by openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram.

Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander bolster the bowling unit, but will it be enough to give South Africa any hope? The sportsbooks don’t seem to think so and we’re inclined to agree. While India are without Jasprit Bumrah, it’s the depth of the hosts’ batting that should be enough to secure an opening victory. The rain needs to stay away, but it’s looking like a home win.

Match Odds Summary: India: 1.53 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), South Africa: 6.00, The Draw 4.25.

What are the top batsman odds for India v South Africa?

Virat Kohli was in good touch at the start of the T20i series. The skipper leads India’s top batsman market by some margin. Kohli can be claimed at 3.60 with Betway, while Cheteshwar Pujara follows at 5.00. There are joint third favourites, with Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill all quoted at 6.00.

Ajinkya Rahane showed excellent form in the recent series with the West Indies and he can be claimed at 7.00. Meanwhile, the value picks could include Hanuma Vihari at 9.00 and Rishabh Pant at 11.00.

Moving over to South Africa’s version of the top batsman market, and Aiden Markram is the narrow favourite to score most runs on first innings at 4.33. Skipper Faf Du Plessis follows at 4.50, while Dean Elgar looks a solid pick at 5.00.

In contrast to Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn looks short at 6.00. However, Quinton De Kock may offer value at 6.50. Other South African options include Temba Bavuma and Zubayr Hamza, who are both available at 6.50.

The dependable and patient Dean Elgar would be our preference for South Africa. But our overall tip is for a similar style of batsman in the Indian camp. Cheteshwar Pujara can start series slowly, but his approach to batting could be vital in conditions that may be bowler friendly. Virat Kohli is definitely tempting at a reasonable price of 3.60, but Pujara at 5.00 is the Satta.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 3.60, Pujara 5.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Agarwal 6.00, Rohit Sharma 6.00, Gill 6.00, Rahane 7.00, Vihari 9.00, Pant 11.00.

South Africa: Markram 4.33, Du Plessis 4.50, Elgar 5.00, De Bruyn 6.00, De Kock 6.50, Bavuma 6.50, Hamza 6.50.

What are the top bowler odds for India v South Africa?

With Jasprit Bumrah injured and Bhuvneshwar Kumar left out, India’s bowling attack has a different look to it ahead of this game. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are joint favourites to return best first innings figures for the home side at 3.25, but our man for this market is Ishant Sharma.

Ishant was the key bowler in the recent series with the West Indies. At odds of 5.50, he could be an exceptional Satta with which to close out this first test.

India Top Bowler Odds Summary: Ashwin 3.25, Jadeja 3.25, Kuldeep Yadav 3.75, Umesh Yadav 5.50, Ishant Sharma 5.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Shami 5.50.