With the second test knocking on the door, Team Pakistan and Team South Africa have been preparing full-fledged for it. The second Test of the two-match series between Pakistan and South Africa will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan, whose lone series win over South Africa was at home in 2003, start as favourites in Rawalpindi after last week’s thumping seven-wicket win in Karachi.
They stand to rise two places to fifth in the rankings with a series victory, while defeat would push South Africa down from fifth to sixth.
After the win at NSK, the men in green have not become complacent and are trying to adjust to the pitch conditions and weather of Pindi. It is said that the surface of the pitch at Pindi is more on the favourable side of spinners.
In the first test match, spinners contributed heavily to Pakistan’s triumph. Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali together took 14 out of 20 wickets of Protease.
Date: February 04, 2021
Timing: 10:00 AM PKT
Weather: The weather is expected to clear throughout the match.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The surface at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium has historically been a surface for quicks.
Head to Head:
Matches: 27 | Pakistan: 5 | South Africa: 15 | Draw: 7
Pakistan: W L L D D (Most recent first)
South Africa: L W W L L
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to keep the same 17-player squad for the second test match against South Africa in Rawalpindi.
It is said that the surface of the pitch at Pindi is more suitable for seamers so Tabish Khan might get a chance otherwise Pakistan are ikely be unchanged.
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 / Tabish Khan, 11. Yasir Shah
2. South Africa
There is a question mark over Keshav Maharaj’s inclusion in Playing XI. If Maharaj is unable to play, George Linde will get a chance in his place. Lungi Ngidi is also likely to replace Shamsi.
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 / George Linde 9. Anrich Nortje 10. Kagiso Rabada 11. Lungi Ngidi / 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:
- If Pakistan win, this will be the first time they have beaten South Africa in two successive Test matches; and this will be only their second series win against South Africa out of the 11 series of two or more matches between the teams.