South Africa vs Bangladesh — Proteas eye sweep, Tigers hope for parity Betting Tips for 2nd Test

April 7, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

ICC World Test Championship (2021-2023)
St George’s Park, Gqeberha
April 8, 2022 1:30pm

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After suffering the humiliation of losing the ODI series at home, South Africa bounced back in style in the Test series opener, crushing the Asian guests by 220 runs. They now have a clean sweep within their grabs as the series moves towards its second and final Test, which will be played from April 8 (Friday) at St George’s Park, Gqeberha. The play is to begin at 1:30pm IST.

Teams Status

South Africa

For the hosts, the first Test went pretty much as according to plan as it could have. The batters batted well right from the get-go and kept their side in the driving seat from the opening session.

The foundation provided by a 367-run total was used brilliantly by South African spin duo of Simon Harmer and Keshav Maharaj – both of whom were devastating, picking 14 of the 20 Bangladeshi wickets between themselves.

Another win would help them cement their second place in the ICC World Test Championship points table where they are behind only Australia after an impressive last few months in the red-ball format.


As if things were not already bleak for Bangladesh, they have been dealt further injury blows. Taskin Ahmed has a shoulder injury, whereas Shoriful Islam suffered an ankle ligament injury during training.

It leaves an already weak squad more depleted and puts added pressure on the shoulders of skipper Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim.

To be fair to the Tigers, they did lose the first Test heavily but they weren’t outplayed. They batted well in their first innings as evident in their score of 298. It was just on the final day when the wheels came off. 

Few give them a chance of levelling up the series here but then the same was said when they visited New Zealand earlier this season and got a surprise win.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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In allSouth Africa are the stronger unit playing at home with a 1-0 lead. It’s only fair then that they are the favourites for the second Test. Parimatch has South Africa priced at 1.59, Bangladesh at 8.20 and Draw at 3.15. Paipesa has South Africa available for 1.66, Bangladesh for 8.7 and Draw for 3.082. Lastly, Sportsbet has South Africa priced at 1.59, Bangladesh at 8.20 and Draw at 3.15.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: South Africa to win @ 1.66

As impressive as Bangladesh were in the aforesaid win over New Zealand, it was a massive upset. Bangladesh losing on their away travels is still the norm. The African pace hasn’t even begun troubling them yet. Their spin has been enough. Surprisingly, the hosts have lost their last two Tests at St George’s Park. In both those games, spinners played a big role, and in this contest, the Africans seem to have the better spinners. The odds have been sourced from Paripesa.

Tip: Mushfiqur Rahim – total runs Over 23.5 @ 1.87

Mushfiqur Rahim failed in both the innings of the first Test. He’d have to do much better in this Test and we think that he will. He is one of this team’s most experienced players and it is expected of him to step up. The odds for this play have been sourced from Parimatch.


It is less of a mismatch that it would have been a few years ago but nonetheless, one team is clearly stronger than the other. We expect another comfortable South African victory here.

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