Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st TEST DAY Match Prediction 26 Jan 2021

South Africa tour of Pakistan, 2021

Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st TEST DAY Match Prediction


National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan

National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan


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National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
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PAK vs RSA Prediction

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Host Pakistan eye a strong start against South Africa

  • In 2007, South Africa managed to win a Test series in Pakistan.
  • Captain Babar Azam and wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan was the standout performer for Pakistan in Test cricket
  • Faf Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock have been consistent performer for South Africa in red-ball cricket.

Expect Pakistan to win this opening Test against South Africa.

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Match Preview

Host Pakistan will be looking to turn things around in red-ball cricket when they take on South Africa in the opening Test at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday.

With Babar Azam fully recovering from injury, the home side will be looking to get back to winning ways in Test cricket. The selectors have picked nine uncapped players for the two-match Test series against South Africa.

On the other hand, South Africa will be confident of doing well on their first overseas assignment this season. The visitors will need to adjust to the conditions and looking to do well with bat and ball against Pakistan.

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Teams Preview


For home side, three uncapped players might make their Test debut against South Africa. Pacer Tabish Khan, opener Abdullah Shafique and middle-order batsman Saud Shakeel might be players who make their debut for Karachi Test.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Babar Azam, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan to make notable scores for the side in this opening Test.

Captain Babar Azam was ruled out of New Zealand Tests due to thumb injury. Since January 2019, Babar Azam has topped the batting charts for Pakistan in Test cricket. He has accumulated 954 runs in 10 matches at an average of 68.14, which included four centuries and five half-centuries to his name.

Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf will make up the middle-order for Pakistan for opening Test.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Yasir Shah to make crucial breakthroughs.

Pakistan Actual Playing XI:

Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Imran Butt, Hasan Ali, Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Azhar Ali, Nauman Ali, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi

Pakistan Predicted Playing XI

Abdullah Shafique/Imran Butt, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammed Rizwan (wk), Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Yasir Shah.

South Africa

The visitors will certainly play two spinners for the opening game of the Test series. George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi will fight it out for a place in the side.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the experienced batting trio of Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis to deliver the bulk of runs.

Since Jan 2019, Wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock has topped the batting charts for South Africa in five-day format. Left-hander has accumulated 992 runs in 13 Test matches at an average of 43.13 with two centuries and eight half-centuries to his name. The team management will be hoping that Quinton de Kock can find form with the bat in this opening Test.

Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram will need to put in crucial scores for the side for this series opener.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj to make crucial breakthrough.

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Faf du Plessis, Anrich Nortje, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Temba Bavuma

South Africa Predicted Playing XI

Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Wiann Mulder, George Linde/Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj.

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 12 0 mm. 1.96 k/h From: N 0%
03h 14 0 mm. 2.2 k/h From: ENE 0%
06h 21 0 mm. 3.16 k/h From: ESE 0%
09h 24 0 mm. 2.25 k/h From: SSW 0%
12h 23 0 mm. 4.33 k/h From: WSW 0%
15h 17 0 mm. 3.78 k/h From: NW 0%
18h 15 0 mm. 1.72 k/h From: NNW 0%
21h 15 0 mm. 2.75 k/h From: NW 0%

With weather forecast being bright and sunny, the wicket will certainly offer some assistance to the quick bowlers with the new-ball.

Venue Details

National Cricket Stadium is going to host the opening Test between Pakistan and South Africa.

In 2019, Pakistan registered a mammoth 263-run win over Sri Lanka in a Test match played at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi.

Toss Prediction

Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bat first. The average first innings at National Cricket Stadium is around 300 runs.

Winning Prediction

Based on recent performances, Pakistan will be slight favorites to win their game against South Africa as they are playing in their home conditions.

For home side, the likes of Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan will need to lead the way in this opening Test.

With likes of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Anrich Nortje showing excellent form in the previous series against Sri Lanka, the visitors will need to put on a decent show in this Test.

Expect Pakistan to win this opening Test against South Africa.

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