Pakistan gets ready to host South Africa in the opening Test at Karachi starting Tuesday and it is expected to be a cracker. It would also be Babar Azam’s first Test match as captain. South Africa has been in good form as they have just defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 at home.
Pakistan with six uncapped players in their squad would fairly be an inexperienced side against a formidable South African unit that has been winning.
This is South Africa’s first Test tour in Pakistan after 14 long years. Both sides had a decent number of games in the international circuit since the play resumption post-COVID-19 pandemic and will be looking to give their all to seal the series in their favour. This is a well-experienced SA side under the leadership of Quinton de Kock. The duel of SA paceman Kagiso Rabada and Pakistan’s No.1 Batsman Babar Azam will be among one of the most anticipated ones for the viewers in this series.
PAK, on the other hand, have plenty of star powers in their squad but are currently down in terms of self-belief after a recently-concluded series defeat against the No.1 ranked Test side New Zealand on their own soil. Babar missed out on the entire tour but is declared fit to play against the mighty Proteas side.
With so many exciting young talents divided among the two respective sides, the match, as well as the series, is expected to be another nail-biting contest for the viewers.
When is Pakistan vs South Africa taking place? Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 – 05:00 (UK)
Where is Pakistan vs South Africa taking place? National Stadium, Karachi
What is the expected weather for Pakistan vs South Africa? 25-26c with sunshine forecast all five days
What channel is Pakistan vs South Africa on? The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Mix or Sky Sports Cricket (Sky channels 416 or 404)
Where can I stream Pakistan vs South Africa? The match can be streamed live via SkyGo
South Africa beat Pakistan by 107 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
- Pakistan have not won any of their last five Test matches and their most recent series came in New Zealand where they lost 2-0, but they will relish playing at home in Karachi given how little cricket they have been able to play in Pakistan over the last decade.
- They named a 20-man squad for the Test series but they have dropped Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafique and Kamran Ghulam from that list, while struggling opener Shan Masood was dropped after a series of poor performances.
- That means another new opening partnership with the bat as Abid Ali will likely be joined by Imran Butt at the top of the order but the rest of the team is expected to be experienced with skipper Babar Azam fit again after missing the New Zealand series due to injury.
- South Africa’s form in Test matches was not great prior to the series with Sri Lanka at the turn of the year but they picked up a whitewash 2-0 victory over their injury-blighted opponents to give them a major boost in confidence coming into this trip to Pakistan.
- They have named a strong squad for this series with Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis forming a strong and in-form top order while they can also count on Kagiso Rabada who missed the series with Sri Lanka and is fit again.
- South Africa have a good record against Pakistan having won their last four Test matches against them and with confidence high after the win over Sri Lanka, they will come into this opening Test with good belief they can do well once again.