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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Predictions & Tips - Markram tipped to score big at Centurion

  • South Africa vs Sri Lanka predictions for the 1st Test match on Saturday
  • The match will be played at Centurion in Pretoria at 08:00 GMT
  • Sri Lanka won their last Test series in South Africa
  • I am backing Aiden Markram to carry his brilliant domestic form into the 1st Test
  • Read on for more free predictions & betting tips
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Aiden Markram has been scoring plenty of runs on the domestic scene in South Africa (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 24 Dec 2020
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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Predictions & Tips - Markram tipped to score big at Centurion

  • South Africa vs Sri Lanka predictions for the 1st Test match on Saturday
  • The match will be played at Centurion in Pretoria at 08:00 GMT
  • Sri Lanka won their last Test series in South Africa
  • I am backing Aiden Markram to carry his brilliant domestic form into the 1st Test
  • Read on for more free predictions & betting tips


South Africa vs Sri Lanka Predictions


South Africa have selected an inexperienced squad for this series but stalwarts such as Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock still have the quality to score big runs. Markram’s domestic form over recent weeks has been sublime and deserves to be backed.

  • South Africa’s Aiden Markram has scored 149, 121, 113 & 75 runs in his last 4 domestic matches.
  • South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has scored over 37+ runs in 5 of his last 7 Test matches.
  • Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis scored 121 runs in his last Test innings. 

Head to Head


Sri Lanka have won four of their last five Test matches against South Africa, including a 2-0 series win in South Africa in 2019. That series win is considered among the biggest upsets over the last two decades.

South Africa Form


South Africa have lost their last three Test matches, all against England in late 2019 and early 2020. It was a four-match series in South Africa where the hosts won the 1st Test but lost the final three.

There is little in terms of Test form to go on for the Proteas considering that they haven’t played since the 24th of January 2020. In that match England won by 191 runs at the Wanderers.

Opening batsmen, Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar have however both been in sublime form domestically and will look to carry that form forward.

South Africa Injuries & Team News


South Africa have a number of possible debutants in the Test squad.

Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Migael Pretrius, Raynard van Tonder, Kyle Verreynne, Lutho Sipamla and Glenton Stuurman all have a chance of making their first international appearance.

From the last Test squad, Aiden Markram returns to the fold and should open the batting with Dean Elgar.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka have also not played Test cricket since late January 2020 when they beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in a two-match series on home soil.

After winning the first Test by 10 wickets, Sri Lanka struggled in the 2nd Test which ended in a draw.

Kusal Mendis scored 116 runs in the second innings of the final Test and will want to carry that form forward to South Africa. Historically Sri Lanka struggle away from the sub-continent, barring their series win over South Africa in 2019.

The visitors will fancy their chances once again given just how inexperienced the Proteas are at this level.

Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News


Legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been called up to the Test squad and could make his debut in the 1st Test. Lakshan Sandakan has been omitted from the squad.

Veteran allrounder, Angelo Mathews has not toured with the squad due to a hamstring injury. His experience is sure to be missed in foreign conditions.

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Verdict

Aiden Markram is backed to score a first inning century while Quinton de Kock is tipped in the over/under runs market. Kusal Mendis has value in the run scoring markets for Sri Lanka.

Best Bet: De Kock Over 27.5 Runs Over/Under 1st Innings Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Bet: Mendis Over 23.5 Runs Over/Under 1st Innings Runs @-120.48 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
To Score 100+ Runs in 1st Innings Tip: Aiden Markram Best South Africa 1st Innings Batsman @400.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Best Sri Lanka 1st Innings Batsman Tip: Kusal Mendis Best Sri Lanka 1st Innings Batsman @300.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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