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West Indies vs South Africa Betting Tips 18/06/2021

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West Indies

Going into the opening Test, no one expected the West Indies to do anything but lose and lose big. But at the same time, few expect the hosts to roll over the way they did, especially after their bowlers did reasonably well on the only chance to bowl they got.

Kemar Roach, Jason Holder and teenage pacer Jayden Seales, on debut, took nine wickets between themselves and had South Africa reeling at 162-5 at one point before Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 141 swelled up the Proteas score to 322.

But the damage was done earlier, when the West Indies, having opted to bat first, got bundled out for a paltry 97. Following the Africans’ 1st and only innings, the hosts again struggled with the bat, scoring a slightly better total of 162 as they lost by an innings and 63 runs.

Can they be expected to do any better? That’s highly unlikely as despite a decent pace attack, the Windies batting just does not have anything tangible in it. Changes could be made but it does not matter who comes in and who goes out as the Caribbean side will be overmatched against any version of South African line-up.

South Africa

South Africa won the opening Test at a canter despite not even being at their total best with the bat. Captain Deal Elgar was out for a duck in the very first over of the innings and there were several other failures but the chasm in class of both the sides meant that the visitors still managed enough runs to secure a big win.

The three-headed pace attack of Kagiso Rabada, Arnrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi was just too much for the Windies batsmen – most of whom are just misfits for the format and even this level of cricket.

The big question for South Africa is that do they stick with the winning combination or rest some of the regulars and field a few newcomers because the hosts are unlikely to pose any challenge to them.

What do the Sportsbook Say

It goes without saying that South Africa are the favourites. 22Bet has a South Africa victory priced at 1.645, West Indies at 4.02 and Draw at 4.82. Bet365 has South Africa priced at 1.66, West Indies at 4.0 and Draw at 4.8. Lastly, 888 has South Africa available for 1.70, West Indies for 3.6 and Draw for 4.75.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: South Africa to win at 1.645

As we say often, it’s a heavy chalk play but this line should still be pounded as West Indies’ showing in the first Test has closed all doors on anything but a 2-0 defeat in the series. Barring a miracle of miracles, South African Test unit should head home with a clean sweep.

Tip: Dean Elgar Total Runs Over (27.5) @ 1.832

Having recently been appointed the Test captain, Dean Elgar had greater responsibility on his shoulders but in the opening Test he ended up getting out for a duck, not even being able to survive a full over. Granted that Windiest pacers pack quality, Elgar should now be determined enough to, at the very least, cover the spread of 27.5 runs.

Conclusion

Instead of discussing possible outcomes of the match, it would be wise to ascertain how big a margin South Africa are going to win by. Would it be an innings win? Probably. Can West Indies escape with anything other than a defeat? Very, very unlikely but hey, stranger things have happened in sports.

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