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After a single sided affair in Johannesburg, Pakistan and South Africa now move to Cape Town to play second test of the series. For Pakistan, it would be all or nothing whereas South Africa would be playing to make sure that there is nothing left for the third test. The match would be played from February 14 to 18 and would start at 08:30 am GMT. If Pakistan wins this match, the third test would become ever more interesting. There would be a lot of differences in the pitch and ground conditions due to hot weather. The pitch would be unlike a typical South African track and a turn and bounce is expected.
The first test was the one which Pakistan would like to forget as soon as possible. They were all out of their lowest ever total in the first innings and lost the match by 211 runs. Their bowling, however, performed better, and restricted them to 250 odd runs. Before South Africa tour, Pakistan won the series against India in India which really gave a boost to their confidence. Mohammad Irfan is likely to make a debut which would add to their bowling attack. Pakistan played well in the tour game against Cobras XI and won it quite comfortably. The biggest performance with them is consistency; if they manage to improve their batting, it would be difficult to beat them.
South Africa has always been the one of the best Cricketing sides, but has always seemed to underperform. Their batting is made up of players like Smith, Amla and de Villiers who can dominate any bowling side, however lethal, on their day. Their bowling strength is depicted by the fact that no team has managed to go the distance in any of the last three tests. Their fielding has been excellent and they save good amount of runs through their fielding only.
South Africa would be looking to wrap things up in this test. On the other hand, Pakistan would be looking to square the series and leave the result to the last series. Pakistan would need to improve their batting big time, but it looks very unlikely considering South African bowling attack. On paper and form, South Africa looks to be a better side and I think post Valentine’s Week would belong to them.
Winner: South Africa, 1.40 @ Bovada
Pakistan’s batting has struggled and so has their opening pair. Their opening pair lacks experience required to deal with South African pace attack. On the contrary, South African opening pair is more experienced and Pakistan lacks the sharpness required to trouble batsmen early on. Considering both opening batting and bowling, it would be better to bet on the following bet.
Highest 1st Innings Opening Partnership: South Africa, 1.50 @ William Hill