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02 Jan 2019 by Rob Esteva

South Africa vs Pakistan – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When is South Africa vs Pakistan taking place? Thursday, 3rd January, 08:30

Where South Africa vs Pakistan taking place? Cape Town

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Pakistan? Cloudy conditions are forecast throughout but no rain expected and temperatures of 22-24c expected

What channel is South Africa vs Pakistan on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream South Africa vs Pakistan? South Africa vs Pakistan will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Are tickets still available for South Africa vs Pakistan? https://www.viagogo.co.uk/Spor...

LAST MEETING
South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

Captain: Faf du Plessis

  • South Africa got this series off to a winning start in the first Test at Centurion as they kept their composure batting fourth to chase down a target of 150 and they had their batsmen to thank for that victory in what was a closely fought contest with little between the two teams.
  • They welcome back Vernon Philander to the side following injury and they have confirmed that he will start this match so the likelihood is that one of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj will be rested with one of the pacemen most likely to be left out as spin may play a role here.
  • The batting line-up is expected to go unchanged here as the only concern was Hashim Amla after recent poor form but he bounced back with a key fifty in the fourth innings at Centurion which will give him big confidence though the middle order needs to improve and skipper Faf du Plessis especially.

PAKISTAN

Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

  • Pakistan’s defeat in the first Test was hugely frustrating for them as the collapse from 101/1 in their second innings to 190 all out saw them throw the match away and it was one which they had taken control of but their middle order once again let them down.
  • Haris Sohail missed the first Test through injury and has been ruled out once again through injury and will miss the rest of the series so Shan Masood is expected to keep his place but the pressure is on their batsmen to improve with Asad Shafiq and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed two players that failed miserably in the opening match.
  • They are boosted however by the return to fitness of Mohammad Abbas after a shoulder problem and he could come back into the side for Shaheen Afridi although that would be a little harsh on the talented left-arm paceman who bowled well in the first Test.

THE PREDICTION

The first Test was a fantastic match with very little to choose between the two teams and this match promises to be something similar. The pitch is expected to be a little slower than Centurion so the batsmen may find it a little easier even if scoring may not necessarily be any quicker. So much will depend on which batting line-up can convert their starts into big scores and get runs on the board. Both batting departments looked fragile and capable of collapsing when a wicket went down, and Pakistan especially have the more fragile look about them. There are question marks over both teams but the preference here goes to the hosts once again with home advantage and a stronger lower order and depth to their batting which may prove key in another tight match.

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