PAKISTAN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA 2018-19
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South Africa 91/1 (22.5 Ovs)
Amla 21 (45)
Day 1: 1st Session – South Africa opt to bat
Olivier has picked up a rich of 16 wickets © Getty
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Markram, who also cracked a fine fifty in the second Test, composed another half century. He reached the landmark with a trademark drive that raced through covers. Pakistan desperately need a wicket.
Zubayr Hamza becomes the 100th Test Protea since 1992. #SAvPAK
— Heinz Schenk (@sportmal) January 11, 2019
Aidan Markram unleashes a boundary-barrage on Pakistan, cutting loose against Hasan Ali and lacing three boundaries off an over. His current figures read 2-0-17-0. Pakistan are definitely ruing that dropped chance at forward short leg.
Elgar has a habit of flirting at deliveries outside off. And he has edged one in the very first over bowled by Abbas. It was in the corridor and Elgar got into two minds before edging it. Great start for the tourists.
Pakistan could have also dismissed Markram but the FSL fielder put down a sharp chance. Amir was the unlucky bowler.
Toss and teams:
South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat. Good toss to win for the home team. Hamza is making his Test debut. He averages close to 50 in first class cricket. Shadab and Fahim come in for the visiting side. It is a brave call to leave out Yasir Shah.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas
South Africa (Playing XI): Dean Elgar(c), Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier
Here is an article on the Cape Cobras batsman Hamza.
A dead-rubber contest can always be hard for players to motivate themselves. The opposition has already clinched the series and you don’t have much to play for. Pakistan’s players might be feeling something similar as South Africa sealed the Test rubber by emerging triumphant at Cape Town and Centurion.
However, on other hand, the Pakistan camp may still feel that incentive of emerging victorious in a Test match in alien conditions. Even if we look back at the history, Pakistan just like most other teams (barring Australia and and to a lesser extent England), have struggled to win Tests in South Africa. In fact, they have won only two Tests in the Rainbow nation.
As far as the series so far is concerned, Duanne Oliver has been the star performer for the home side, having snared 16 scalps in the rubber. He has troubled all the batsmen from Pakistan by hitting the deck extremely hard. South Africa, however, will miss the services of their captain, du Plessis, who was handed a suspension for slow over rate after the Cape Town Test. Elgar will lead the side in his place.
Pakistan, meanwhile, may look to strengthen the batting unit in view of tricky conditions by bringing in Fahim and Shadab.
Can Pakistan win a consolation Test? We will have toss and teams in a while.