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Pakistan! The word shimmers from a fairytale. It is cricket’s Brigadoon, a fictional Scottish village that appears to the world only for one day every 100 years. Far less time than that has passed since South Africa were last there, but it feels like a lot more than the calendar’s measure of 13 years and not quite 10 months. Time rhymes in the fact that the last Test at the National Stadium in Karachi before international cricket’s travelling circus scratched Pakistan off its itinerary, from 2009 to 2015, also involved South Africa.
That was in October 2007, when Jacques Kallis scored centuries in both innings, Paul Harris and Dale Steyn claimed five-wicket-hauls, and Graeme Smith’s team won by 160 runs. The victory was one of only two South Africa have achieved in their seven Tests in Pakistan. But they have lost just one there. That illustrates how much Test cricket has changed since South Africa were last in Pakistan. In the 13 years and 10 months before South Africa’s last match there, 26.95% of all Tests anywhere were drawn. In the 13 years and 10 months that followed, that figure reduced to 21.14%. The last 10 years have seen it shrink to 18.12%, and to 12.16% in the past five years.
So we are seeing fewer than half the number of drawn Tests now than when South Africa were previously in Pakistan. During the same period we’ve also seen the rise of T20 cricket as the game’s driving philosophy. He guided his team to success in the first two, against Sri Lanka by an innings and by 10 wickets at Centurion and the Wanderers in December and January. But Tuesday’s challenge will be different.
For instance, Keshav Maharaj bowled only 26 overs. None of them at the Wanderers – in the same series in which Lungi Ngidi and Wiaan Mulder sent down more than 50 each and Anrich Nortje toiled through 65.4. Mark Boucher confirmed on Monday that Maharaj wouldn’t be the only spinner in South Africa’s XI. The visitors also have Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde in their bubble, and the smart money will be on Shamsi to earn his third cap. Lutho Sipamla might sit this one out in that case.
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Match: Pakistan vs South Africa
Series: South Africa tour of Pakistan, 2021
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – Saturday, January 30, 2021
Time: 10:00 local / 05:00 GMT / 10:00 PST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
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Weather and Pitch Conditions:
Who can say, considering the last time Test cricket came to Karachi was in October 2007. But it seems the teams differ on the likely conditions. Pakistan’s probable inclusion of Faheem Ashraf as their bowling allounder surely means they think the surface will have significant pace. South Africa’s stated commitment to picking more than one spinner suggests they disagree.
Pakistan vs South Africa Today’s Playing XI:
Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Hassan Ali, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi.
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.
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