As it happens mostly when the team is losing, there seem several clouds of uncertainty over the Pakistani camp. They are shuffling too much with their batting order. The need of the hour is to recognise players for particular positions and stick with them.
For instance, Azhar Ali was pushed down to number four in the first innings of the last last Test which is not suited to his game. Similarly, the opening combination has been tampered with a lot of times.
In the bowling department, the team has not found much success with leg spinner Yasir Shah who proved to be mighty effective in UAE. Just like South Africa dropped Keshav Maharaj in the last match and decided to go with a four-prong pace attack, Pakistan are expected to do the same. In the last test, Mohammad Abbas also did not look threatening and is expected to be replaced by Hasan Ali who bowled well in the first Test.
Aiden Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla and Faf du du Plessis would be the key batsmen for South Africa. Each of Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier and Kagiso Rabada have been bowling well. Although, Vernon Philander could not do anything extraordinary in the last Test, he is expected to have a big impact at the Wanderers.
South Africa- Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar (c), Hashim Amla, Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier
Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c)(wk), Mohammad Amir, Mir Hamza, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – South Africa
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Azhar Ali (Pakistan), Dean Elgar (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Amir (Pakistan), Vernon Philander (South Africa)
Most Fours – Azhar Ali (Pakistan), Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
Team Scores Batting First – Pakistan 200+, South Africa 240+
*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 soon, so stay tuned.
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