Home > News >

Preview South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd Test: Visitors look for solitary victory

Preview South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd Test: Visitors look for solitary victory

Pakistani bowlers will have to play a key role if they want to outsmart South Africa in the third Test © Getty Images

Centurion: Feb 21, 2013

Despite losing the series 2-0, Pakistan will head to Centurion for the final Test with their confidence high. The visitors came close to a victory at Cape Town and put up a strong performance but the No 1 Test team has outplayed them so far.

A drastic batting slump in the second innings left them short of imposing a challenging target. Even while defending they came close to dismissing South Africa but the resistance of Hashim Amla tilted the game in favour of the home side.

The first Test was the key to this series. A meek surrender at Wanderers created pressure on Pakistan to level the series at Cape Town. As Misbah-ul-Haq and his team played a few practice matches between the first and second Tests, they got well acquainted with the conditions and were able to put up a decent show.

The key takeaway for Pakistan will be their bowling attack. Despite their batsmen failing to control things in the middle, the bowlers have not let things loose. The performance of Mohammad Irfan on debut in the previous Test will certainly have the skipper smiling. Irfan created chances for his side and picked crucial wickets at vital moments of the game. In the first innings of the second Test, AB de Villiers played a vital knock and looked set to take away the game before Irfan bagged his first international wicket by dismissing the wicketkeeper-batsman and continued it with a few more.

Umar Gul though has not set the stage on fire as expected to, but Saeed Ajmal has surely created enough problems for the batsmen. The off-spinner has claimed 11 wickets in the first two tests. While the other two bowlers on this tour, Tanvir Ahmed and Rahat Ali have been mostly ineffective.

In order to create chances in the final Test, their openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed haven’t given them good starts, which has affected the team. Even though their middle-order has done fairly well, early wickets while batting has pushed them on the backfoot right away. Their middle-order has usually ended up trying to stabilise and catch up with the pace of the match.

Graeme Smith will be relaxed after the victory which was his 100th as captain. The Proteas will miss the services of their fast bowler Morne Morkel as he suffered a hamstring injury. Rory Kleinveldt might make it to the playing XI unless a last minute decision brings in Kyle Abott, who has been called in as a replacement.

The Proteas have had a fairly comfortable journey so far as their pace bowlers have fired every time. In crisis situations they have somehow managed to lift themselves and ended up placing themselves in a winning position.

Out of the 17 Test matches played at this venue, 14 matches have produced results and 13 were in favour of the hosts. This is an indication of the things waiting to welcome Pakistan at the SuperSport Park.
Pakistan have played South Africa only once at this venue in 2006-07 and lost the match by seven wickets, and also the series 2-1 in 2006-07. While Cape Town was Philander’s happy hunting ground, Dale Steyn has had a good record at this venue picking up 31 wickets in just five matches so far.

A disciplined all-round performance by Pakistan will give them a sniffing chance to register their first victory on this tour.

Teams:

South Africa (probable): Graeme Smith (c), Alviro Peterson, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wk), Dean Elgar, Vernon Philander, Rory Kleinveldt, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn

Pakistan (probable): Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Tanvir Ahmed, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan

Time: 14:00 local

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Bangladesh gain upper-hand over Zimbabwe at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan considered skipping Tests

Michael Clarke: Younis Khan is one of the gentlemen of our game

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone to meet South Zone in final

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here