PAK vs SA Fantasy Prediction: Pakistan vs South Africa 1st Test – 26 January (Karachi). The top-class test cricket is finally back in Pakistan.
Hosts Pakistan will take on South Africa in the 1st test match of the two matches series. The South African side would want to improve their record in the subcontinent conditions.
Pakistan is back at their home ground, and this is going to be a big series for them. Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam would want to continue their top-form, whereas Babar Azam is also back in the team. Yasir Shah will be the leader of spin bowling, whereas Afridi will be the lead pacer. This game is going to be a big one for the hosts.
South Africa registered a brilliant victory against Sri Lank at home, and this is an important series for them. Quinton de Kock will lead the side, whereas Faf du Plessis will again play a huge part for the visitors. Keshav Maharaj is the lead spinner, whereas Linde is going to support him in the team. This series is going to be a challenging one for the visitors.
The average 4th innings score at this ground is just 153 runs. Both teams would want to bat 1st on this track. Spinners will enjoy bowling on this track in the later part of the game.
Probable XI for both sides:-
Pakistan – Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Afridi.
South Africa – Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie Van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.
Two Match Test Series
Match: Pakistan vs South Africa First Test Match
Date and Time: 26 January, Tuesday – 10:30 am IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Where to Watch: Live on Sony Sports Network
Top 4 Batting Order
- Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, and Fawad Alam.
- Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie Van der Dussen, and Faf du Plessis.
Long Spell Bowlers
- Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah
- Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi
PAK vs SA Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
Mohammad Rizwan and Quinton de Kock will be our wicket-keepers in this game. De Kock has scored 2962 test runs, whereas his average has been 38.47. Rizwan scored 202 runs at an average of 50.50 in New Zealand, whereas he is very good behind the stumps as well. Both of them are going to play a key role for their respective sides.
PAK vs SA Fantasy Batsmen
Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar will be our batsmen from South Africa. Faf is one of the best batsmen of South Africa, whereas he scored 207 runs at an average of 103.50 in the recent series against Sri Lanka. Elgar is one of the best players in sub-continent conditions, whereas he scored 253 runs at an average of 126.50 in the last series. Both of them are technically solid players.
Babar Azam and Fawad Alam will be our batsmen from Pakistan. Babar is one of the best batsmen in the world, whereas he has scored 2045 test runs at an average of 45.44. Alam has been the best player in Pakistan domestic cricket, whereas he scored a brilliant century on the last Kiwi tour as well. Both of them are fantastic players.
PAK vs SA Fantasy All-Rounders
George Linde will be our all-rounder from South Africa. Linde has scalped 198 first-class wickets, whereas his batting average has been 30.12. He will enjoy bowling in the sub-continent conditions.
PAK vs SA Fantasy Bowlers
From South Africa, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj will make it into our team. Maharaj is the lead spinner of the side, whereas he has scalped 110 test wickets in 32 games. Rabada has scalped 197 test wickets in 43 games. Both of them are wicket-taking bowlers.
Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali will be our bowlers from Pakistan. Yasir has 227 test wickets in 43 games, whereas Ali scalped 43 wickets in the recent domestic season. Both of them have the ability to bat as well.
[Alternate Changes:- Quinton de Kock and Hasan Ali Out; Aiden Markram and Shaheen Afridi In]
Match Prediction: Pakistan are the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role
Babar Azam and Faf du Plessis
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Dean Elgar and Yasir Shah
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