South Africa vs Bangladesh 1st ODI Betting Tips 18/03/2022

March 17, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed
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South Africa vs Bangladesh 1st ODI Betting Tips: Can Tigers Get Their 1st Ever Away Win Against Proteas?

Zohaib Ahmed, Senior Author

South Africa and Bangladesh will be locking horns in the first ODI of their three-match series at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Friday. The match is to begin at 4:30pm IST. Both these sides were active in this format recently, with South Africa upsetting India 3-0 in January, and Bangladesh beating Afghanistan 2-1 last month on their respective home turfs. The Proteas’ win was of course more impressive of the two.

Teams Status

South Africa

It’s often seen that teams that lose multiple long serving superstars at once to permanent injuries or retirements take considerable time getting out of their period of transition. The funk at times become semi-permanent.

It is good to see then that South Africa aren’t one of those sides. Having lose big names such as Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Dale Steyn in the last few years, they certainly dipped but their cricket is now on the rise again as it was evident in their ODI and Test wins over India, followed by a 1-1 away draw in the Test series against New Zealand.

The Africans have retained much of the squad that has done so well for them recently. However, pacers Sisanda Magala is unfit whereas Anrich Nortje is still recovering from a hip injury.


Bangladesh looked good in their ODI and T20I series against Afghanistan but those assignments and the one in hand now are starkly different. Facing South Africa in South Africa is a gargantuan task – one in which even the might India failed recently.

Interestingly, Bangladesh have never won a match in South Africa, which is another not-so-good omen for them.

Fortunately though, their coaching team has a massive South African influence. Head coach Russell Domingo is from South Africa while they have also roped in former Proteas allrounder Albie Morkel as power-hitting coach for the tour.

Another big boost for Bangladesh is the fact that their star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has agreed to play this series after initially requesting the cricket board to grant him rest.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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South Africa are the far bigger and better of the two teams so they obviously are the favourites here. Parimatch has South Africa priced at 1.16 and Bangladesh at 5.0. The odds with Sportsbet are only slightly different. It has South Africa available for 1.17 and Bangladesh for 5.10. However, the best odds on a South Africa win are offered by Paripesa. It has South Africa available for 1.184 and Bangladesh for 5.05.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Shakib Al Hasan to score more than 27.5 runs @ 1.85

Shakib Al Hasan’s ODI scoring behavior has been pretty strange over the past four years. During this span, he has been below average at home, scoring just 28.70 runs per innings. However, when playing at the home of the opponents, his ODI average jumps up to an astonishing 84.33. This is probably why BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon himself had to convince Shakib to give up his vacations for this tour. We think that if anyone can score big for the Tigers in this series, it would be Shakib. The odds for this play have been sourced from Sportsbet.

Tip: Rassie van der Dussen to score more than 30.5 runs @ 1.87

Now let’s switch over to the other side but apply a shorter filter. Over the past 12 months, South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen has played five ODIs at home and has scored 401 runs, including two centuries and two half centuries. The man has been a machine on home turf. We’re going to back him to hit the ground running in this series as well. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.


Shakib might play well, maybe Litton Das would also get some runs but no matter what they do the task in front of them is pretty humongous. We do not see this Bangladesh side getting any joy. They did cause their upset in New Zealand earlier this year but we shouldn’t expect lightning two hit twice in such a narrow frame.

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