By this stage of the tournament we should have a feel for how the World Cup is shaping up as South Africa v Bangladesh is the fifth game of the tournament. We’re set for an exciting summer of top international cricket with followers watching the top players from the best teams in the world doing their stuff as they aim to add their names into the history books. Here are our top South Africa v Bangladesh betting tips.
We’re hoping the weather plays a part and the British summertime allows for uninterrupted cricket with delays kept to a minimum. As we know, nothing can be taken for granted where the British weather is concerned. Bookmakers have acted on the increased level of interest in the World Cup by laying on extended betting coverage of both the best matches and outright competition.
A 50/50 Contest
Have your say game-by-game or look further ahead and bet on the World Cup winner, team to reach the final, last two standing, top batsman, top bowler, and plenty more. You won’t be left scratching around for an interest, that’s for sure. When the matches are underway, you’ll also have the chance to bet in-play with major bookmakers. Many of the best markets are kept live throughout the course of the fixture, including match winner and handicap, with the odds and lines altered to keep pace with the flow of the match.
Having come out of a busy Saturday, with New Zealand v Sri Lanka and Afghanistan taking on Australia in a double-header, we keep things moving on Sunday afternoon. One match is on the schedule but it’s a good one as South Africa and Bangladesh go toe-to-toe. Both are eager to get off to a winning start and both look to have every chance of claiming what, on paper, appears to be a real 50/50. That’s great news for neutrals.
The Kia Oval in London provides the setting and we’re expected a decent sized crowd in attendance for this match. The coin toss is due for 10.30am and armchair fans can follow the action live on Sky Sports, with a full preview followed by expert commentary and analysis of the game. The perfect way to keep sports fans busy on a Sunday afternoon, we’re hoping both sets of players do their bit and live up to the occasion.
South Africa Impress During Warm-Up Win
South Africa were one of the teams that saw their World Cup preparations hampered at the warm-up stage due to rain. They were scheduled to play the West Indies on Sunday 26 May and that was a match we were looking forward to as it would’ve given us an idea of just what to expect from both teams in the coming weeks. It wasn’t to be, however, with the game a wash-out. SA did get the chance to bat and knocked up a score of 95-0 (12.4) before both sets of players were called in, but there was very little to go on there and the game was only just warming up when it was called.
We did get a full day of cricket between South Africa and Sri Lanka in a previous warm-up match and it was a game won by South Africa by a whopping 87 runs on 24 May. The scoreboard that day read Sri Lanka 251 all out (42.3) against 338-7 (50.0) of South Africa. That gave us an idea of just what this SA team has available and they were frightening in making light work of a very capable opponent. The thing that caught our eye in that match was the victors seemed to have kept plenty in reserve and will be major players when the World Cup gets started.
Favourites for a Winning Start
South Africa have been marked up as favourites to beat Bangladesh on Sunday and punters looking to support them to win the match will have to make do with the 27/100 offered by 888sport. A winning start will see traders afford them a bit more respect, but you can back SA to go all the way this summer at 9/1 with Bet365. They certainly look like a side capable of working their way into the latter stages, if playing to the best of their ability. An appearance in the final is 7/2 at 888sport.
There are many more ways to bet on South Africa in the outright market. A top four finish looks well worth an interest bet and you’ll get 21/20 when putting your stake money down at Unibet. That’s market best price and will surely give backers a run for their money. It’ll also serve as a bit of a safety net to those who are expecting a big effort from the side but aren’t quite sure yet if they have the talent in their current pool to lift the trophy. As long as they finish in the top four, you’ll land a pay-out with that bet and the price makes it worthwhile.
Bangladesh Need their Best
Bangladesh had a warm-up match against India abandoned on 26 May due to the weather and that one was called off without a ball being bowled. We’re crossing our fingers hoping this summer matches the efforts of last and there’s an extended dry period that will allow cricket to be played. Bangladesh did beat West Indies in a One Day International match on 17 May, taking the result by five wickets. The scoreboard read 213-5 (22.5) Bangladesh against West Indies 152-1 (24.0).
A convincing performance but they will need to improve of that and be sure to play their best cricket on Sunday if they are to have any chance of upsetting the odds and getting off to a winning start. Bookies don’t fancy their chances much and have Bangladesh trading at 11/4 with Unibet. They have been written off to win the World Cup – which comes as no surprise – with a chunky 80/1 (Ladbrokes) price tag attached to their chances.