Pakistan V South Africa – Test Match Betting

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Like buses, you wait ages for a Test series, and then two come along at once. Monday sees the start of another 2 match Test series, this time between Pakistan and South Africa in UAE.

South Africa go into the series as overwhelming odds on favourites, they start the series at 8/11, Pakistan 7/2, and a drawn series starts off at 12/5.

While on paper it looks like a walk in the park for the South Africans, I do believe that if they think they only need to turn up to beat Pakistan, they could be in for a surprise. I’m sure Graeme Smith’s men aren’t that naive, they must have seen what happened to England in 2012 when they toured the UAE as the top ranked team in the world.

Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy are all retuning from injury, this is basically as bad as the problems get for South Africa – and if they were not already a strong enough outfit, with AB de Villiers now wearing the wicket keeping gloves they effectively have an extra place available in the team.

Pakistan on the other hand have been patchy with their form over the past few months, mainly caused by troubles at the top of their batting, and travel sickness.

They can’t keep relying on the middle order of Younis Khan and Misbah -ul-Haq to carry the batting. Generally when they come in to bat, the team is already in trouble. I get the feeling if Pakistan are to have any chance of success in this series, they need the top order to start contributing more.

Pakistan naturally seem to perform a lot better in Asian conditions. I know that it’s true that most/all sides prefer home conditions, but it is especially true of Pakistan.

One reason why this is the case is because Saeed Ajmal can look like the best bowler in the world when he plays in these conditions, it will be very interesting to see how the South African batsmen get on against him (he is 6/4 favourite to be top Pakistan series bowler).

The 1st Test is to be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. There has only been 3 Tests played on this ground, the first two were high scoring affairs, followed by a tight low scoring match in 2012, which culminated in England’s capitulation for 72 all out.

Full Test Match Fixtures

14th – 18th Oct – Pakistan V South Africa – 1st Test – Abu Dhabi
23rd – 27th Oct – Pakistan V South Africa – 2nd Test – Dubai

Bangladesh V New Zealand – Test Match Betting

Bangladesh V New Zealand – click here for Live Betting Odds

The first of two Test matches starts between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Chittagong on Wednesday, and although it isn’t the most enthralling sounding series, it is a fairly important series for the two teams involved.

A quick look at the ICC Test match rankings shows Bangladesh down at number 10, and New Zealand not far ahead of their hosts, in eighth place.
Bangladesh dropped down to the bottom of the rankings following Zimbabwe’s recent drawn series with Pakistan. Bangladesh have failed to kick on in the Test arena over the past couple of years, and they will surely have earmarked this Test series as a potentially winnable one. 
New Zealand have shown some good signs of improvement in the Test arena lately. They had the better of a hard earned drawn series at home to England earlier in the year, although they comfortably lost the return away series.
In the home draw against England, New Zealand played the better cricket (in my opinion) over the three Test matches. Okay, so they struggled a few weeks later in England, but conditions were perfect for the England attack.
If the Kiwi’s want to build on the impressive home performance against England, they have to be looking to win this series.
Although it was in a different format, Bangladesh doesn’t hold fond memories for New Zealand. The last time they were here (2010), the Kiwis were handed a 4-0 thrashing in the 50 Over format.
Of the nine previous Tests played between these teams, New Zealand have won eight, with one draw. Given the history between these two sides it is no wonder the Kiwis start this series as 1/2 favourites, a Drawn series is 5/2, and Bangladesh are 6/1 to complete a shock series win.

Full Fixtures
9th – 13th Oct – Bangladesh V New Zealand – 1st Test – Chittagong
21st – 25th Oct – Bangladesh V New Zealand – 2nd Test Dhaka  

India V Australia ODI Series – Live Betting

The top two ranked one day international sides go head to head in India in a series that could potentially see a change at the top of the ICC ODI rankings.

India lead the rankings, and Australia are second. A 5-2 series win for the Aussies would see them acquire enough ranking points to take over top spot again.

The series starts on 10th October with a Twenty20, followed by (just the) seven 50 Over internationals.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke is out injured, meaning George Bailey will again lead the team in his absence. It is probably a series Australia could do without, as they will surely be focusing more on the upcoming Ashes.

Not only do India have home advantage, they are also the current 50 Over World Champions, and recently added to their collection by winning the last ever Champions Trophy beating England earlier in the year.

Given all that it’s not surprising that India start the series as clear favourites.

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Full Fixtures

10th Oct – India V Australia – Only T20 – Rajkot

13th Oct – India V Australia – 1st ODI – Pune

16th Oct – India V Australia – 2nd ODI – Jaipur

19th Oct – India V Australia – 3rd ODI – Mohali

23rd Oct – India V Australia – 4th ODI – Ranchi

26th Oct – India V Australia – 5th ODI – Cuttack

30th Oct – India V Australia – 6th ODI – Nagpur

2nd Nov – India V Australia – 7th ODI – Bangalore