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South Africa vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction & Betting Tips

23 Oct 2022
Cricket Betting Prediction

Are we sleeping on South Africa as dark horses to win the Twenty20 World Cup? Are Zimbabwe the surprise package? We’ll find out which side lives up to the hype in an all-African match-up - and we’re ready with our South Africa vs Zimbabwe betting tips ahead of all the action. 

The Proteas have never advanced past the semi-final stage, but results in 2022 suggest they’re not far from breaking that duck. 

Rain is in the area, but if the game starts on time, action will get underway from 1.30 pm IST on Monday 24th October at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart. 

We go into the best live cricket satta rates, team news, important match stats, and more in our full match preview!

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South Africa vs Zimbabwe Betting Tips - South AfricaTo Win

When compiling our South Africa vs Zimbabwe betting tips, it got us thinking about the Proteas’ chances of winning the competition. We think they could be slightly overpriced at odds of 7.5 - they’ve had a good year, and the return of skipper Temba Bavuma is coming at the right time. 

They should have too much for a Zimbabwe side that were undeniably impressive in the group stages - registering victories over Ireland and Scotland to sail through to the Super 12s. 

You can back the Proteas at odds of 1.11, while the Chevrons are available at a competitive market price of 6.4 with Pure Win!

If you’re looking for bigger winnings, keep reading our cricket predictions for some pointers. 

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Best Bet: Temba Bavuma to top score for South Africa

The skipper has been out of action for large chunks of 2022, and hasn’t been in the best of nick in this format of late, but there is no doubting his talent. 

We’re backing him to prove the doubters wrong and register an important knock - you can back him at odds of 5.9 to top score for his side. 

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Pressure On South Africa - But Are Times Changing?

For a team with as many good players as South Africa have had over the years, it’s a borderline embarrassment that they haven’t advanced past the semi-final stage in this tournament since its inception back in 2007. 

Skipper Bavuma is aware of the pressure on his side and himself coming into this tournament - he told reporters in the build-up to the clash: “"The element of pressure is something that is not really unique to me as a player. All players have to deal with that pressure but it comes in different forms. Being the captain, it's a lot more blown up. All eyes are on you. There's a lot more critique regarding your performances and just how you are as a leader. With the title of being captain comes that responsibility. It's not something that one can really shy away from."

There are no new injury issues for South Africa to consider. 

Player to Watch: Tristan Stubbs

A young all-rounder with the world at his feet, Stubbs has cemented his spot in the middle order for the Proteas. 

His maiden international innings saw him smash a sensational 28-ball knock of 72 against England in South Africa’s series victory earlier in the year. He finished the three-game contest with an average strike rate of above 215 - the highest in the series. 

He looks like a good outside bet to finish top scorer for his side at odds of 11.0.

Predicted Playing XI

Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (capt), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada.

Can Zimbabwe Build On Promising Start?

The future of Zimbabwe cricket is looking bright. After years of stewardship under Ervine Williams, there appears to be some stellar new talent surging through the ranks - namely Sikandar Raza and Muzarabani Blessing. 

Coach Dave Houghton has been impressed with what he’s seen from his side so far, and is pleading with them to think big as the tournament continues. 

Speaking to BBC Africa, he said: “We wanted to get into the Super 12 and play against the big sides again. Now that we are here, we want to beat them. Nothing will be better for me than to start off in our next game and beat the South Africans. Our job is to knock over some of these big sides. We are playing pretty good cricket. The pressure is not so much on us but on the sides who play against us.”

There are no new injuries for Houghton or his staff to worry about. 

Player to Watch: Sikandar Raza

He’s arguably the player of the tournament so far, but Raza will want to show he can perform consistently in the Super 12s. The stage is set - he just needs to continue walking the walk!

He currently has 136 runs for the tournament - the second-highest so far! You can bet on him to finish top of the run-making rankings for the Chevrons at odds of 4.6.

Predicted Playing XI

Regis Chakabva(wk), Craig Ervine(c), Wesley Madhevere. Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, and Blessing Muzarabani

South Africa vs Zimbabwe Head-to-Head

Zimbabwe have never beaten South Africa in the Twenty20 arena - the Proteas currently lead this match-up 5-0!

Rain Could Curtail Drama

There is rain forecast for the evening in Hobart - here’s hoping we get a full match! 

Conclusion

We’re selecting South Africa to get the victory - they should have too much for an exciting but limited Zimbabwe side. 


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