South Africa v Afghanistan: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on June 14, 2019

South Africa won’t get a better chance to claim a win than on Saturday when they tackle Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens. But which way are our World Cup tips for South Africa v Afghanistan leaning?

We expected Afghanistan to sit towards the bottom of the World Cup group table. However, few would have predicted that South Africa would be battling with them for the wooden spoon. Faf Du Plessis’ men have been woeful from the first ball and only the rain has handed the side a solitary point.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s leading run scorer Mohammad Shahzad was sent home due to fitness concerns recently. In addition, key leg spinner Rashid Khan is short of form, meaning the Afghans are there for the taking.

What are the World Cup tips for South Africa v Afghanistan?

Despite South Africa’s poor start to the competition, there are no surprises in the odds market for this game. Faf Du Plessis’ men lead at the sportsbook by a clear margin and can be picked up at odds of 1.12. Afghanistan follow at 6.00 with Betway. However, we don’t expect cricket bettors to show too much interest in the outsiders.

Afghanistan could have made an impact on this tournament, but Shahzad was clearly struggling for form. Whether or not fitness was at the heart of that, he’s a big loss. Rashid needs to step up, but he can’t form a one man team. It would be a huge embarrassment if South Africa lose this match. We therefore expect a much improved display from Faf and his men.

Match Odds Summary: South Africa: 1.12 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Afghanistan 6.00.

What are the top batsman World Cup tips for South Africa v Afghanistan?

– South Africa Batsman Picks

There seems little point in taking odds as short as 1.12, so we’ll see if we can unlock any value in the top batsman markets. For South Africa, Quinton De Kock starts as favourite at 3.60. He’s followed by Hashim Amla who is available at 4.00 with Bet365.

Aiden Markram looks completely out of touch, but he is available at 5.00. Meanwhile, the same sportsbook has the same price quoted for Faf Du Plessis. Other picks for the South Africans include Rassie van der Dussen at 6.00, and David Miller at 7.50.

– Afghanistan Batsman Picks

Without Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan’s version of the top batsman market becomes harder to predict. The new favourite in most places is Rahmat Shah, and he is on offer at 4.50. Hazratullah Zazai can also be claimed at 4.50. Meanwhile, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Noor Ali Zadran are both at 5.00.

The dangerous Mohammad Nabi could be a decent outside option at 6.50. Other batters for Afghanistan include Najibullah Zadran at 8.50, and Gulbadin Naib at 11.00.

There is very little batting form in either camp. One man who has found some touch, though, is Faf Du Plessis. With Amla and Markram struggling for runs, South Africa’s skipper could come in early enough to compile a seriously big, three-figure score against this weaker Afghanistan attack.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: De Kock 3.60, Amla 4.00, Markram 5.00, Du Plessis 5.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Van der Dussen 6.00, Miller 7.50.

Afghanistan: Shah 4.50, Zazai 4.50, Shahidi 5.00, Noor Ali Zadran 5.00, Nabi 6.50, Najibullah Zadran 8.50, Naib 11.00.

What are the Total Match Runs World Cup tips for South Africa v Afghanistan?

If you’ve been following our tips in this market, then you may just recall that the odds to go Over or Under a set line are usually fixed at 1.90 for both options. That’s changed a little for Saturday’s clash. Therefore, we’re going to look for a little extra value.

There are offered odds of 2.00 for the total runs in this game to exceed 520.5. It’s easy to see why they have gone low, too. Both teams carry poor batting form into this game, but, in good weather conditions on a fast-scoring ground, we expect them to go over that mark.

This bet may rely on South Africa batting first. If you’re looking for an alternative World Cup 2019 Satta to the short price in the result betting, though, this is a good pick in our opinion.

Total Runs in Match Odds Summary: Over 520.5: 2.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Under 520.5: 1.80.