South Africa is touring Pakistan for the first time in 14 years and will play a two-Test series beginning this Tuesday at the National Stadium, Karachi. Both the teams have played a good amount of Test cricket in the last few months.
The first Test of the two-match series between Pakistan and South Africa will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi.
South Africa defeated Sri Lanka at home and are now in full strength as Kagiso Rabada also returns into the Test squad. The visitors are going under a transition and got some serious names in their bowling attack.
On the other side, Pakistan lost against the number one side in the world, New Zealand at their home recently. Babar Azam, who had missed the two Tests against New Zealand, is fit for this Test series at home.
Pakistan squad has some of the exciting names from their domestic circuit as they are looking to give opportunities to few newcomers as well.
Date: January 26, 2021
Timing: 10:00 AM PKT
Weather: The weather is expected to clear throughout the match.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The surface at Karachi’s National Stadium doesn’t historically take as much turn as several others in Asia, particularly on the first three days.
Head to Head:
Matches: 26 | Pakistan: 4 | South Africa: 15 | Draw: 7
Pakistan: L L D D L (Most recent first)
South Africa: W W L L L
Pakistan is looking to give opportunities to few newcomers as well. Imran Butt likely to make his Test debut at the top of the order alongside Abid Ali. Faheem Ashraf looks set to get the nod over allrounder Mohammad Nawaz, while Nauman Ali might get a chance to partner Yasir Shah in the spin attack.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Abid Ali, 2. Imran Butt, 3. Azhar Ali 4. Babar Azam (c), 5. Fawad Alam, 6. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7. Hasan Ali, 8. Faheem Ashraf, 9. Shaheen Afridi, 10. Nauman Ali, 11. Yasir Shah
2. South Africa
With Kagiso Rabada back in the squad, South Africa will be going in with two spinners, That could crowd out both Lutho Sipamla and Lungi Ngidi.
South Africa’s Probable XI:
1. Aiden Markram 2. Dean Elgar 3. Rassie van der Dussen 4. Faf du Plessis 5. Quinton de Kock (capt, wk) 6. Temba Bavuma 7. Wiaan Mulder 8. Keshav Maharaj 9. Anrich Nortje 10. Kagiso Rabada 11. Lutho Sipamla / Tabraiz Shamsi
Players to watch:
1. Faf du Plessis – Batsman, South Africa
Faf du Plessis is clearly the best batsman for the touring side. He is the most experienced one and is currently going through a good form. He scored 207 runs in the recent series against Sri Lanka at an average of 103.5.
2. Babar Azam – Batsman, Pakistan
Babar is one of the best batsmen in the world right now. He will lead the Test side for the first time.
Stats and Trivia:
- The only Test match South Africa have ever lost in Pakistan came in Lahore in 2003. The only Test in Karachi was in 2007, when South Africa won by 160 runs.