Cape Town, January 03-07 at 02:00 PM IST
After six wickets win in the Boxing Day Test, Proteas look to start the year on a high and seal the series when they host Pakistan at Newlands, Cape Town for the second test starting from January 03. The hosts dominated the visitors in almost every aspect in a low scoring affair on a tricky pitch. After bowling out Pakistan under 200 runs in both the innings, hosts chased down 149 runs target in the last innings to register six wickets win and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
A couple of key players missed out due to injury concerns in the first test from both the sides. The hosts were without Vernon Philander while Pakistan missed out Harris Sohail and M Abas due to injuries. Now, as all the three are fully fit and in contention to play, both the sides will have to make tough calls to rope them in the playing11.
Duanne Olivier who was assisting Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada in Philander’s absence returned with 6 wickets in first innings and five wickets in second innings. Now, with Philander regaining his fitness Proteas are in a dilemma whether to drop a bowler or a specialist batsman.
The same is the case with Pakistan, young Shaheen Shah Afridi who was cover for M Abbas took 4 wickets in the first innings and sent back skipper Faf Du Plessis on a duck in the second innings. With the experienced pacer match fit, it will be harsh on the young talented to sit on the bench.
So, it will be interesting to watch how the teams pick up the right combination ahead of the second test. Pakistan is struggling with the batting woes and with Philander joining Steyn and Rabada, it is only going to worsen for the visitors.
Unlike the uneven bounce at Centurion, Cape Town’s wicket is going to be a bit batting-friendly but will surely have some assistance for the pacers.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
PAK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Sarfraz Ahmed (c)
Batsmen – Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood
Bowlers – Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, M Amir, M Abbas/S Afridi
SA Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Quinton de Kock
Batsmen – Faf du Plessis (c), Dean Elgar, A Markram, T Bavuma, H Amla (Doubt: Theunis de Bruyn)
All-rounder – Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier
Pakistan – Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi
South Africa – Faf du Plessis (c), Duanne Olivier, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Dane Paterson, Theunis de Bruyn, Vernon Philander
Fantasy picks from South Africa
Temba Bavuma, Hashim Amla, and Dean Elgar scored the fifties in the first test match for the hosts. Skipper Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram’s form would be a concern for the hosts.
In bowling, Duanne Olivier was the x-factor in the first game finishing with 11 wickets in total.
Kagiso Rabada returned with three wickets each in both the innings and will be crucial in the pace attack along with veteran Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.
Fantasy picks from Pakistan
Pakistan is struggling with the poor form of their batters. Fakhar Zaman, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq need to take more responsibilities.
Babar Azam and Imam Ul Haq have shown good characters with the bat for the visitors and will be strengths of Pakistan batting line up at Cape Town.
In bowling, M Abbas will surely boost the pace attack. M Amir and S Shah Afridi bagged four wickets each in the first innings. They will be crucial.
Doubtful starters from both the sides-
Theunis De Bruyn – SA
Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali – Pak
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