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ZAF vs PAK 1st ODI match prediction 2 Apr 2021

Match date · 2 Apr 2021 · 16:30 IST
SA vs PAK prediction
  • Pakistan averages 24 fours per match while South Africa averages 21.33 fours from the last three innings.
  • Pakistan scored 119 runs from their opening partnership in the last three innings played while South Africa scored only 48 runs.
  • Babar Azam ODI career averages 55.93 from 75 innings while Imam-Ul-Haq averages at 52.40 from 40 innings.
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SA vs PAK 1st ODI Match Predictions and Betting Tips

South Africa and Pakistan will kick start the first of the three-series ODI of this season. The first match is due to be held at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Good Friday, 2nd April. Here are the best betting tips for SA vs PAK assorted for you.

Pakistan will start with the first ODI on Friday in Centurion, and all seven games will be played there and at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Their record at those two grounds isn't great as - they have lost eight out of the 12 white-ball games since the start of 2005. South Africa, on the other hand, will be commencing the season with their new limited overs captain, Temba Bavuma.

South Africa currently sit fifth on the ODI ranking. For the first two games, South Africa have got all their best players. But they will lose a set of key players after the second ODI as they head for the IPL. With that I have analyzed the teams and players past performances and picked the best betting market from South Africa vs Pakistan well ahead of the game.

SA vs PAK Team Bets

Pakistan last toured South Africa in 2019 when the series was won by SA with a 3-2 lead. But I have analyzed the recent few ODI matches played by the teams and picked the best two betting tips. Take a look at the top team betting tips from SA vs PAK 1st ODI.

Pakistan To Hit Most Match 4’s

My first prediction is in favour of the visitor who has always excelled in hitting smaller boundaries. Let me back my claim. When Pakistan and South Africa last played in the ICC world cup match, Pakistan fetched a total of 31 fours against South Africa. The highest boundary to be hit by a Pakistani player were 9 fours. South Africa on the other hand had 19 fours to themselves in the same match. Andile Phehlukwayo had hit maximum of 6 fours in the match.

Also considering the teams recent three innings played, Pakistan scored 72 fours in their recent innings which averages to 24 fours per match. While South Africa had assembled 64 fours from the three innings played recently. They averaged at 21.33 fours per match. Now let's consider the last five-match ODI series that the teams have played earlier. In the 3-2 levelled series, Pakistan had gathered 119 fours from the five innings played. They averaged at 23.8 fours per match.

While South Africa had pulled in 88 fours which averaged to 17.6 per match. This clearly indicates that Pakistan have always beaten their opponent when it came to scoring runs from smaller boundaries. Bet365.com has offered high odds of 2.50 for Pakistan to hit most match 4’s in the 1st SA vs PAK ODI series.

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Pakistan To Have Highest Score At First Dismissal

Another market that Pakistan has been doing well is their opening partnerships. In the recent innings that Pakistan has played, Imam-Ul-Haq and Abid Ali have been opening for the team. They have together scored 119 runs against their opponents who got a meagre 20 runs. This gave them an opening partnership average of 39.66 runs per match. On the contrary from the last three innings that South Africa has played Janneman Malan and Quinton De Kock have opened for the team. The players had merely managed to put together 48 runs against their opponent who were at 85 runs from their partnership.

Also looking at the ICC World Cup ODI the teams played, Pakistan with their usual opener Haq was accompanied by Fakhar Zaman. The duo had managed 81 runs together against South Africa who had only 4 runs opened by Hashim Amla and De Kock. Although the host had taken away that title once only when the opponents last played in an ODI series in the former's home ground earlier in 2019. But considering the teams recent forms, Pakistan is my favourite to win this bet. Sportsbet.io has offered betting odds of 1.99 for Pakistan to have the highest score at first dismissal.

SA vs PAK Players Bets

With the limited markets available for players bet I have chosen the one easy and safe player market from the SA vs PAK match prediction for you to make quick cash.

Babar Azam To Score Most Runs than Imam-Ul-Haq

This last bet is considerably a winner bet among the lot. Both the players are an asset to the Pakistan squad. However one player has always moved an inch ahead of the other. Let us look at a comparative analysis. The current captain of the Pakistan team, Babar Azam. The right handed batsman is ranked among the top two batsmen with highest runs scored from ODI. Babar Azam has played 3 ODI innings recently and has scored 221 runs from them at an average of 110.50.

The current captain has played 7 ODI innings against South Africa and has a batting average of 59.00 against them. The top order batsman has played 5 matches in South Africa and runs at an average of 48.75 from them. He has so far been playing in the 3rd position and has racked up 3039 runs from it which averages to 62.02. This includes 12 hundreds and 11 half centuries. Azam’s scores from recent few matches played are 77*, 5, 90* and 62 which shows his consistency with the bat. From the three ODI innings that Azam has played recently he has put together 221 runs to his name and runs at an average of 73.66.

On the contrary, Imam-Ul-Haq has been a regular opener for Pakistan. The left-handed opener has played 6 matches against South Africa and has an average of 50.50 against them. The power hitter has played 5 innings in South Africa and averages 54.20 from it. Haq has opened in 34 matches for Pakistan and has scored 1502 runs from it at an average of 51.79.This includes 6 hundreds and 5 half centuries.

Under Azam’s captaincy in 2020, Haq has played 3 innings and so far sits at an average of 37.00. The Pakistani batsman's score from recent few matches are 0,41,48 and 0. Also he runs at an average of 37 from the recent three ODI innings played where he scored a total of 111 runs.The figures above clearly justify that captain is indisputably in favour of winning this bet. Sportsbet.io has offered betting odds of 1.72 for Babar Azam to score more runs than Imam-Ul-Haq.

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My Picks :

Pakistan To Hit Most Match 4’s - @2.50 (Bet365.com)

Pakistan To Have Highest Score At First Dismissal - @1.99 (Sportsbet.io)

Babar Azam To Score Most Runs Than Imam-Ul-Haq - @1.72 (Bet365.com)

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