Rawalpindi cricket stadium ready to host the 2nd test between Pakistan and south africa starting 10:AM pakistan standard time. Pakistan secured a superb victory against Proteas in the 1st Test at the National Stadium in Karachi. with the prime victor Pakistan leading the series with 1-0 margin in the two-match series. Rawalpindi test is final match of test series and visitors have do or die situation on this test match. In case of losing 2nd game South Africa will definitely out from ICC test championship program.
Pakistan Team Analysis
The hosts team Pakistan looks good in fielding, batting and bowling but they were under pressure in several session in Karachi test. Although Pakistan won the 1st test and but hosts have many lacks specially in pace bowling attack. Pakistan pacers struggling to take wicket earlier and only spinners helps in partnerships break through.
The positive things for the Pakistan is form of Azhar ali and fawad alam in batting and in bowling green shirts have Nauman Ali who claimed a five-wicket haul in the 1st Test. Nouman ali picked up a total of 7 wickets while Yasir Shah also bagged 7 wickets in Karachi Test. Fawad Alam scored century at crucial time which help pakistan to set a big total.
Honestly pakistan need a such performance after the disappointed tour of newzeland where paksiatn lose 2 test matches and out from ICC championship race. Now pakistan got momentum and intensity of players are high so fans are expecting great performance by national team.
South Africa team Analysis
First test match become horrible for the visitors where pakistan warp up karachi test in 4 days. South africa need to stay on wicket and make partnership to pressure the palistan spinners. South africa players give wickets by playing the unnecessarily shots and through their wickets. Elgar and captain decock need to show the value of experience and show the characteristic that south africa team have in past. Protease one of best test side and they have ability to bounce back and win 2nd test.
While Traditionally the Rawalpindi cricket stadium, the pitch has favor the seamers. According to report, pitch have no grass and have some bounce. The pitch is hard and moisture also is there so, in the morning bowl will be swing and proper carry. Pakistan first class cricket, the captain who won the toss always decide to bowl first. In overcast condition and clouds are on the sky all day so bowl will definitely swing in 1st 20 overs. It’s all depend of captain either he bowl first or bat first. So this is pitch report summary of the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
The weather is nice and cool
Update: Pakistan Won the toss and to bat first. No hanged in pakistam team while, South Africa make one change: Wiaan Mulder replaces Lungi Ngidi.
Pakistan XI: 1 Abid Ali, 2 Imran Butt, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Babar Azam (capt), 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Nauman Ali, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Hasan Ali
South Africa XI: 1 Dean Elgar, 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Faf du Plessis, 5 Temba Bavuma, 6 Quinton de Kock, 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 George Linde, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Keshav Maharaj