After winning the Boxing Day Test, South Africa would come out eyeing an unassailable lead in the three-match Test series against Pakistan at Newlands in Cape Town. South Africa, plagued with injuries, found a hero in Duanne Olivier, who paired up with Rabada and Steyn to wreak havoc on Pakistan batting in the first test. Olivier’s 11-wicket match haul meant Vernon Philander was not missed. Speaking of South Africa’s batting, they were once again found wanting but the senior pro Hashim Amla guided them home in a tricky chase situation. However, the hosts would be expecting more from Dean Elgar and the skipper who bagged a pair in the first test.
Pakistan, on the other hand, did not put much of a fight with the bat in the series opener. Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed could not hold the Pak batting, and it led to collapses. However, Pakistan have received a boost from the return of their latest star Mohammad Abbas.
Pitch conditions: Newlands is a batsmen’s paradise. This could well be a bat-dominated affair.
When – January 03, 2:00 PM IST
Where – Newlands, Cape Town
Both Mohammad Abbas and Shadab Khan have regained fitness and are likely to feature.
Haris Sohail has been ruled out of the South African tour through a knee injury.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has confirmed the inclusion of both Vernon Philander and Duanne Olivier in the playing 11. Dale Steyn might miss out.
PAK Playing 11: Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Mohammad Amir, Asad Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Afridi/Hasan Ali/Shadab Khan
Pakistan Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam
SA Playing 11: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander
Doubt: Theunis de Bruyn, Dale Steyn
South Africa Squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander
Pakistan Fantasy Picks
Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood made notable contributions with the bat for the tourists in the first test. Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi claimed 4-fers in one of the innings.
South Africa Fantasy Picks
Protea opener Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma and Hashim Amla registered 50+ scores for the hosts in the first test at Centurion. Duanne Olivier returned with exceptional figures of 11/96 on his Test return while Rabada and Steyn also chipping in with the wickets.
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