Having lost the ongoing Test series by a margin of 2-0 at the present juncture, Pakistan cricket team would look to end the series on a high by seizing a victory in the final conquest, which could eventually set the tone for the upcoming 5-match ODI series. South Africa, on the other hand, would be expected to emulate a similar form of gameplay as was visible in the first couple of contests which could eventually assist them in bagging a 3-0 triumph over the touring Pakistan lineup. Here’s SA vs PAK 3rd Test Preview featuring the Team News, Match Details, Head to Heads and Predicted XI for both the units.
SA vs PAK 3rd Test Preview: Team News, Match Details, Head to Heads and Predicted XI
Date: January 11, Friday- January 15, Tuesday.
Time: 10:00 AM Local, 1:30 PM IST, 8:00 AM GMT.
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesberg.
Head to Heads in Tests
Matches Played: 25
South Africa: 14
Shan Masood emerged as the top contributor from the batting lineup with knocks of 44 and 61 in the first and second innings respectively. To assist him in the first, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed played a crucial knock of 56 in 81 deliveries with Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam notching totals of 88 and 72 respectively in the second innings.
Although the forthcoming contest is a dead rubber, one could still expect the quartet to emulate a similar show in the coming duel.
Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi were pretty phenomenal in the previous contest wherein they scraped figures of 4/88 and 4/123 respectively in the first innings. Thus, the duo would be anticipated to mirror their performances in the upcoming feud as well.
Pakistan’s Predicted XI for the third Test
Faf du Plessis led the batting department for the home side and registered a quintessential knock of 103 in 226 deliveries. Also, the exhibitions from the trio of Aiden Markram (78), Temba Bavuma (75) and Quinton de Kock (58) played a highly crucial role behind the Proteas amassing a total of 431 runs on board.
Dale Steyn was yet again at his usual best as he finished with figures of 7/133 in the much-anticipated contest. Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier put scintillating performances as well, and thus ended up with figures of 6/96 and 5/32 by the end of their play.
Although Vernon Philander couldn’t register any noteworthy performance to his name, one could probably expect some cracker exhibitions from his end in the final Test at Johannesburg.
South Africa’s Predicted XI for the third Test