Pakistan v South Africa, Karachi, 1st Test, Day 1

Tanya Simon
January 26, 2021

The series opener will begin from January 26 at the National Stadium in Karachi whereas the second Test will begin from February 04, 2021. The sooner they learn how to play at the worldwide level - the pressures of it, how to play, how to build innings. now we have back-to-back series in Pakistan, so the more they learn by staying in the squad with us during the matches, the better it will be for them.

However, the one question on every cricket fan's mind is, how has Pakistan fared against South Africa whenever it has faced the Proteas on its home turf?

The 1st Test, Day 1, Pakistan vs South Africa match is on Tuesday January 26.

TV Channel - Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD (India), PTV (Pakistan) and SuperSport (South Africa). Without the injured Babar, Pakistan lost a recent test series 2-0 in New Zealand when it dropped more than half a dozen catches.

Misbah ul Haq has said that his sole focus will be on the upcoming series against South Africa. The middle order looks quite settled with Azhar Ali and Babar Azam taking their spots at number 3 and number 4 respectively.

The hosts, despite their record of just two defeats in 40 Test matches at the historic cricket ground, will be aiming to salvage their dented pride after the calamitous New Zealand tour last month that resulted in Test and T20 defeats for Pakistan.

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Senior South African batsman Faf du Plessis has dismissed the Proteas past record against Pakistan, adding that the green shirts are always a unsafe side when they play on home soil.

One of the uncapped spinners, Nauman Ali and Sajid Khan, is expected to win their first cap partnering seasoned leg-spinner Yasir Shah. The conditions suit us and the players have played here. You can't take it easy at any time, they (SA) are a top team.

The final XI, however, will be finalized by the captain in consultation with the head coach. "There are other players and you are aware of their performances".

The coronavirus pandemic means all the matches will be played without fans in attendance.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Marco Jansen.

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