Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Pakistan vs South Africa 2021 - 1st Test
The 1st test of the two-match series between Pakistan and South Africa will be played at the National Stadium, Karachi in Pakistan.
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Pakistan last played a test match at home against Bangladesh which they won by an innings and 44 runs. The last time South Africa and Pakistan faced each other in test cricket, it was in the home conditions of the Proteas as they clean swept the 3-match series.
The conditions will be drastically different to that in South Africa which hands Pakistan a massive advantage. It goes without saying that the spinners will play a big part in the series.
Another big news for Pakistan is that skipper Babar Azam, who missed out on the two test matches against New Zealand due to a thumb injury, is fit enough to make the playing XI and will take over the captaincy from stand-in skipper Mohammad Rizwan.
Going by Pakistan's 17-member squad, the team has Abid Ali and Imran Butt as openers and Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and Fawad Alam in the middle order. Mohammad Rizwan will continue to keep wickets.
Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi will be their leading bowlers. The team will play one between Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Nawaz. Either Nauman Ali or Sajid Khan will be drafted as the third spinner.
South Africa have Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma as their top six. Their bowling attack will comprise Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada as the enforcers.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Pakistan - Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel/Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Nauman Ali/Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi
South Africa - Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi/Tabraiz Shamsi
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Pakistan
Who will win? – Pakistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Babar Azam (Pakistan), Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Yasir Shah (Pakistan), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
Most Sixes – Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Man of the Match – Babar Azam
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 400+, South Africa 330+
Match Handicap Pakistan
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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