The hosts Pakistan will face South Africa in the first game of the two-match Test series from Tuesday (26th January) at National Stadium (Karachi). This Test series is a part of the 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship.
On the other hand, this Test series will be a historic game as South Africa will play their first international match in Pakistan since 2007.
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 1st Test: Complete Squads
Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (C), 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
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 1st Test: Playing XIs
Pakistan (predicted): Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (C), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
South Africa (predicted): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips
Captain Babar Azam is returning to the national squad after recovering from his thumb injury, which definitely big positive news of this side. Babar is their most consistent batsman.
In the recently concluded New Zealand tour, wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored three half-centuries and finished that Test series with 202 runs. Also, Faheem Ashraf and Azhar Ali each scored one nervous-ninety while Fawad Alam scored one fourth-innings century in that tour.
Among their bowlers, leg-spinner Yasir Shah and left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi are the strongest names at present. In the recent New Zealand tour, Shaheen was the most wicket-taker for Pakistan as he got six wickets.
In the recent home Test series against Sri Lanka, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis scored one century each, including Faf du Plessis’ unfortunate 199. Also, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Kesav Maharaj scored one half-century each in that two-match Test series. However, skipper Quinton de Kock was off-form in that Test series. But he can return to the form soon.
Anrich Nortje finished that Test series as the most wicket-taker as he got 11 wickets in two Tests. Playing his first Test series, Lutho Sipamla bagged 10 wickets in that series. While Wiaan Mulder and Lungi Ngidi got 9 and 7 wickets respectively in that same Test series, Kagiso Rabada’s return to the squad has made stronger their bowling side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Babar Azam, Faf du Plessis, Mohammad Rizwan
Vice-captain – Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Mohammad Rizwan, Quinton de Kock
Batsmen – Babar Azam (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar
All-rounder(s) – Faheem Ashraf, Wiaan Mulder
Bowlers – Shaheen Shah Afridi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada (vc)
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Mohammad Rizwan (vc)
Batsmen – Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Faf du Plessis (C), Dean Elgar
All-rounder(s) – Faheem Ashraf
Bowlers – Shaheen Shah Afridi, Yasir Shah, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada