Our "Prediction Wizard" will calculate, based on the current available betting odds, the implicit winning percentages for the possible outcomes in a match. This will be updated as soon as we fetch the odds from the betting sites and keep updating until the match is finished.
|Faf du Plessis||10||21||1||0||47.62|
|Rassie van der Dussen||64||151||5||0||42.38|
|Quinton de Kock||2||17||0||0||11.76|
|Faf du Plessis||23||46||4||0||50.00|
|Rassie van der Dussen||17||30||3||0||56.67|
|Quinton de Kock||15||23||1||0||65.22|
We are slowly getting into the time of the year when the shortest format of the game fizzles out and the red-ball version of the game takes the center stage. The test series between Australia and India turned out to be the perfect advertisement for the longest version of the game and with WTC final up ahead, each test is going to be of vital importance for one team or the other.
Amidst all this, Pakistan are all set to host South Africa for a two-test series. The series is of significant importance for two reasons. First, its been a while since Pakistan last played a test at home and second, South Africa are in a rebuilding stage and would want to do well under the leadership of their new skipper. The series begins on 26th January with the first match to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi.
Just as has always been the case, Pakistan can be a mixed bag. At times they can appear to one of the most balanced teams in the world and at other times, even a college-team would seem better than them. That's the nature and beauty of Pakistan. They are coming off a recent loss to New Zealand in a series that even though was one-sided but had plenty of excitement. Pakistan went down without putting up much fight but things are always extremely different when they play at home.
The major news for Pakistan is the return of Babar Azam to their setup and he will provide stability at the top like no one else. A couple of youngsters did well in New Zealand and they would want to bring that form here in Karachi. Considering that most of this team have played cricket at home, albeit domestic, adapting to the conditions should not be a problem.
Babar Azam is now a pretty well-established batsman and will be a difficult man to deal with. However, his captaincy will be under the scanner considering that he is yet to showcase his skills as a skipper. He has a pretty young and unestablished side at his disposal leading which is going to be a colossal task.
On paper, Pakistan have a decent side, especially while playing at home. Their spinners are likely to be a massive factor and considering South Africans are not known to be agile against the spinners, Yasir Shah would play a key role. Having said that, depending solely on spinners could be an issue.
Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi.
The Proteas are coming into the series on the back of a terrific 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka, but all that will be inconsequential as the conditions and their opponents will be different. Apart from that, the visitors have plenty of worries to deal with off the field that they've ever had. Apart from issues at the top-level, they have to deal with the transformation that is happening ever since their stalwarts in Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander, and AB de Villiers have retired.
While South Africa are coming into the series with a much-needed win over Sri Lanka, they'd still not be as confident. Their win over Sri Lanka came after a long losing spell and that would be difficult to get over, especially while playing in alien conditions. Having said that, a series win is always a confidence-boosting result and that's what the fans will be hoping that the confidence reflects in the way they play on Tuesday.
Considering the Covid-19 bio-bubble and injuries happening all-around, South Africa are going in with a fairly large contingent of players. Keeping conditions in mind, they'll be tempted to play two spinners. With all-rounders available to bat in the lower-order, South Africa have a batting lineup that goes fairly deep. Having said that, it's their top-order that would have to perform for South Africa to do well. Historically, the Proteas have had trouble playing in spinner-friendly conditions and that could happen to be the case again. If the likes of Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis manage to keep Pakistan's spinners at bay, the Proteas will stand a pretty good chance in this test match.
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, RVD Dussen, Aiden Markram, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, K Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje.
Toss generally plays a key role in the longest version of the game. The surface in this match is likely to be best to bat on on the first two days of the match. Considering that surfaces deteriorate pretty quickly in this part of the world, batting in the fourth innings won't be easy and no team would want to do that. Considering that, the captain winning the toss would want to bat first.
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The surface at Karachi isn't known to assist spinners. In fact, we have seen plenty of assistance for the quick bowlers, especially in the mornings. The fact the this is the time of winters in the northern hemisphere will ensure that there is some moisture underneath the surface. We expect fast bowlers to play a massive role in the first couple of hours of the first morning and it is going to be a belter thereafter. Spinners will likely come into the picture on the last two days of the test match. There are no forecasts of rain and we should get five full days of cricket. The team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 380 runs on the board.
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Both sides are still in the rebuilding phase. While this series will not have much impact on the current World Cricket Championship, the teams would want to prepare for what is coming next. South Africa have a perceived weakness against spinner whereas the hosts have a rather inexperienced squad. We expect the experience to play a key role here and the Proteas have that in plenty. Considering that and the fact that they are coming off a massive win in their last two matches, betting on a South African win should be the way to go here.
Our Favorite Bets
Faf du Plessis - Total Runs - 1st Innings - Over 28.5 @ Betway
Faf du Plessis is the most experienced batsman playing in this team and no longer has the additional responsibility of leading the side. He was exceptional in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka and will be looking to carry on with the momentum. Middle-order is perhaps the best time to bat in test cricket and that's where Faf du Plessis will be batting. A big innings is certainly on the cards for him, making this a pretty safe bet.
Match Runs - Over 1010.5, 2.1 @ 1xBet
Even though there are a lot of unknowns going into the series, batsmen are likely to enjoy their time here in Karachi. The surface looks hard and is going to break fairly late in the test match. Both sides have decent batsmen available at their respective disposal and a match total of 1011 shouldn't be too difficult to get. A slightly risky bet, but certainly worth the returns on offer.
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