India will take on South Africa in the first of four Tests at Mohali from November 5. The India v South Africa 1st Test betting tips & predictions can be read as below.
India won the first Test to go 1-0 up.
The touring South Africans have already clinched both the T20I and ODI series against India, and now look to complete a Grand Slam of victories, when they play a four match Test series against their hosts, beginning in Mohali on Thursday.
India haven’t played a Test series since August, when they travelled to neighbours Sri Lanka, and after losing the first fixture, came back to clinch the series 2-1. Before that, they had travelled over the border to play a one-off game against Bangladesh, which was unfortunately all but completely washed out. A tour to Australia which straddled the last New Year led to a 0-2 defeat.
The Proteas who are ranked as the No.1 Test playing side in the world by the ICC, also suffered a recent series that was badly affected by the weather in Bangladesh, with both fixtures ending in draws. Like India, they played a series over the last New Year Holiday period, which they won at home by 2-0.
The last time that India and South Africa met in a Test series was in late 2013, when two matches were played in Africa, the first of which was drawn, and the second won by the home team by 10-wickets. They haven’t met in India since 2010, when another two match series ended all square 1-1.
The same outcome as the 2008 series, although that contest also included a drawn fixture. In total the two countries have played 12 Tests against each other in India, and have won five games each, with two others ending in draws.
The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, will be a new venue to the Proteas. Although India have played 11 times previously at the ground, since it hosted its first Test in 1994, when the visiting West Indies were victorious. India have remained unbeaten at the stadium in the 10 matches since, five of which they have won.
India v South Africa Tests head to head:
It’s 13-7 in favour of South Africa, while India’s home record is only slightly better with both teams having won five matches each.
India v South Africa 1st Test betting tips & predictions:
India to win: 7/5
Virat Kohli to be top India batsman: 7/2
Match starts at 9.30 am local time (0400 hrs GMT) on November 5.