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|Imran Butt||c: de Kock b: Nortje||12||30||3||0||40.00|
|Abid Ali||b: Nortje||10||17||2||0||58.82|
|Azhar Ali||not out||31||47||4||0||65.96|
|Babar Azam||lbw: Maharaj||30||39||6||0||76.92|
|Fawad Alam||not out||4||4||1||0||100.00|
|Total||(22.5 Ov, RR: 3.94)||90/3|
|Fall of wickets: 2-23 (Imran Butt, 7.6), 1-22 (Abid Ali, 7.1), 3-86 (Babar Azam, 22.1)|
|Aiden Markram||c: Ali b: Ali||74||224||10||0||33.04|
|Dean Elgar||c: Rizwan b: Shah||29||45||4||0||64.44|
|Rassie van der Dussen||c: Ali b: Shah||64||151||5||0||42.38|
|Faf du Plessis||lbw: Shah||10||21||1||0||47.62|
|Keshav Maharaj||b: Ali||2||7||0||0||28.57|
|Quinton de Kock||c: Ali b: Shah||2||17||0||0||11.76|
|Temba Bavuma||lbw: Ali||40||93||3||0||43.01|
|George Linde||c: Butt b: Ali||11||29||2||0||37.93|
|Kagiso Rabada||b: Ali||1||11||0||0||9.09|
|Anrich Nortje||c: Alam b: Ali||0||8||0||0||0.00|
|Lungi Ngidi||not out||3||4||0||0||75.00|
|Total||(100.3 Ov, RR: 2.44)||245/10|
|Fall of wickets: 4-185 (Aiden Markram, 72.3), 1-48 (Dean Elgar, 16.1), 2-175 (Rassie van der Dussen, 67.1), 3-185 (Faf du Plessis, 71.6), 5-187 (Keshav Maharaj, 75.1), 6-192 (Quinton de Kock, 78.2), 10-245 (Temba Bavuma, 100.3), 7-234 (George Linde, 92.6), 8-238 (Kagiso Rabada, 96.6), 9-240 (Anrich Nortje, 98.5)|
|Imran Butt||c: (Sub) b: Rabada||9||25||1||0||36.00|
|Abid Ali||b: Rabada||4||9||0||0||44.44|
|Azhar Ali||c: de Kock b: Maharaj||51||151||4||0||33.77|
|Babar Azam||lbw: Maharaj||7||30||0||0||23.33|
|Shaheen Afridi||b: Nortje||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Fawad Alam||c: Bavuma b: Ngidi||109||245||9||2||44.49|
|Mohammad Rizwan||c: du Plessis b: Ngidi||33||59||6||0||55.93|
|Faheem Ashraf||b: Nortje||64||84||9||0||76.19|
|Hassan Ali||b: Rabada||21||33||2||0||63.64|
|Nauman Ali||lbw: Maharaj||24||49||3||0||48.98|
|Yasir Shah||not out||38||37||4||1||102.70|
|Total||(119.2 Ov, RR: 3.17)||378/10|
|Fall of wickets: 2-15 (Imran Butt, 6.4), 1-5 (Abid Ali, 4.1), 5-121 (Azhar Ali, 53.6), 3-26 (Babar Azam, 15.3), 4-27 (Shaheen Afridi, 16.2), 7-278 (Fawad Alam, 97.5), 6-176 (Mohammad Rizwan, 72.3), 8-295 (Faheem Ashraf, 100.6), 9-323 (Hassan Ali, 108.5), 10-378 (Nauman Ali, 119.2)|
|Dean Elgar||c: Azam b: Ali||58||106||9||0||54.72|
|Aiden Markram||c: Butt b: Afridi||13||16||3||0||81.25|
|Rassie van der Dussen||run out (Azam)||17||30||3||0||56.67|
|Faf du Plessis||c: Rizwan b: Shah||23||46||4||0||50.00|
|Quinton de Kock||c: Butt b: Ali||15||23||1||0||65.22|
|Temba Bavuma||run out (Ali)||17||67||0||0||25.37|
|George Linde||c: (Sub) b: Ali||35||64||5||0||54.69|
|Keshav Maharaj||b: Shah||0||11||0||0||0.00|
|Kagiso Rabada||not out||21||36||3||1||58.33|
|Anrich Nortje||b: Shah||0||9||0||0||0.00|
|Lungi Ngidi||lbw: Afridi||8||15||2||0||53.33|
|Total||(69.2 Ov, RR: 3.17)||220/10|
|Fall of wickets: 5-136 (Dean Elgar, 37.4), 1-30 (Aiden Markram, 4.6), 2-63 (Rassie van der Dussen, 15.2), 3-108 (Faf du Plessis, 28.3), 4-133 (Quinton de Kock, 35.2), 6-179 (Temba Bavuma, 54.3), 8-194 (George Linde, 61.2), 7-179 (Keshav Maharaj, 58.2), 9-195 (Anrich Nortje, 64.3), 10-220 (Lungi Ngidi, 69.2)|
This is the first match of the Test series from the South Africa tour to Pakistan which will be played at Karachi on Tuesday 26th January 2021. This Test series is vital for both teams to secure a better rank in the ICC Test Championship. Currently, South Africa is at 5th position whereas Pakistan remains at 6th position in the points table. South Africa is looking in good form and they have defeated the Sri Lankan unit in their last Test series winning both matches. On the other hand, Pakistan have suffered 2 defeats in 2 tests against New Zealand in their previous series. However, in this home series against South Africa, they will be looking forward to taking home condition’s advantage to claim the series.
A look at the squad of both the team, South Africa looks much balanced and stronger compared to Pakistan. The South African unit got few test specialist bowlers in their rank. On the other hand, Pakistan lacks experience in the batting and bowling unit which can make a big difference.
New Zealand gave whitewash to Pakistan in their last Test series. Pakistan were not up to the mark in both the Tests as their team collapsed in front of New Zealand’s pace attack. Pakistan lost their first match by 101 runs as they could not chase New Zealand’s target of 373 runs in the second innings. In the second match also, New Zealand won by an inning and 176 runs as Pakistan collapsed down on just 186 runs in the second inning. Pakistan would be very disappointed following their performance in the last series and they will be looking to overcome that in this series. Good news for Pakistan is that their star batsman and captain Babar Azam is fit and back in the squad to lead the team. Agha Salman and Kamran Ghulam has been dropped from the 19-member squad which reduced the Pakistan Squad to 17 players for this Test series.
The African side had a wonderful Test series against Sri Lanka as they won both matches from the series. Faf du Plessis was in good form with 199 runs in the first inning of the first Test match. African bowling unit was in good form and helped the team to win the match by an inning and 45 runs. While in the second match they have dismantled Sri Lankan side and won the match by 10 wickets. Dean Elgar scored a brilliant hundred in the first inning of the match. Rabada will be hoping to get some reverse swing in the Asian conditions. With such a strong squad, South Africa will be looking forward to continuing that form in this series.
Predicted Starting XI
Pakistan: Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam(c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock(c/wk), Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi
Key players for the Pakistan vs South Africa 1st Test
Babar Azam – Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam returns to the squad and is one of the key players in the team’s success. In the last 7 test matches he played; he has scored 705 runs at a batting average of 88.13.
Shaheen Shah Afridi – Pakistan found this new gem in the fast-bowling unit and he is looking in good form this year. In the last 9 matches, he has taken 27 wickets so far with an economy of 3.03.
Dean Elgar – Africa’s one of the experienced players in the current squad had a wonderful previous test series against Sri Lanka. In the last 10 matches, he has scored 737 runs at an average of 43.35.
Anrich Nortje – Africa’s leading pacer Anrich Nortje has done a good job for his team in recent times, He picked 30 wickets from the last 8 games. He got great variety in his bowling.