Pakistan vs South Africa, 2nd Test 2021 | Match Prediction, Betting Tip & Odds
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Pakistan vs South Africa for 2nd Test. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
Pakistan vs. South Africa | Match Prediction, Betting Tip & Odds
Pakistan and South Africa meet in the final Test of their two-match series this week, with the hosts being 1-0 up following their comfortable win in Karachi. With a T20 series to follow, the tourists will be hoping to give a better account of themselves when they take on Pakistan in Rawalpindi. The action gets underway at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday, with this page taking a detailed look at the two teams, as well as some potential betting markets surrounding the game.
Initial Situation for the Game Pakistan vs. South Africa
Pakistan won the opening match of the Test series against South Africa by 7 wickets, with a first innings score of 378 helping them on their way. The Green shirts will be confident of another success on home soil, with Proteas having struggled for any form of consistency in all formats of the game over recent months. However, with Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq having called upon his team to guard against complacency, while his team was actually 27-4 in their opening innings last time out, it could be that the hosts do not have things all their own way.
Prior to their win over South Africa last week, Pakistan suffered a 2-0 Test series defeat in New Zealand. The defeat lad to many questions being asked, with the future of coaches Misbah and Waqar Younis having been up in the air. Pakistan’s last Test outing before this was in England, where they lost the series 1-0, registering two draws in the process.
South Africa Form
South Africa warmed up for their tour of Pakistan with a 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka. The tourists won by an innings and 45 runs and 10 wickets respectively, demonstrating just how dominant they were in tricky conditions. However, South Africa were beaten 3-1 by England in their previous Test series in 2019/2020.
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Following their 14-wicket haul in the opening Test, Pakistan are set to stick with Yasir Shah and 34-year-old spinner Nauman Ali. Ali made his debut in the 1st Test, while Fawad Alam returned to Test cricket with a bang, scoring 109 runs. Faheem Ashraf and Azhar Ali also scored half centuries, meaning that it could well be an unchanged lineup for the hosts. This will potentially be determined by the conditions, with Haris Rauf being an option if Pakistan opt for a fourth seamer.
The pressure is on South African captain Quinton de Kock, who has been backed to return to no.6 in the batting order. It remains to be seen as to whether the tourists will make changes for the second Test, with 20-year-old bowler Marco Jansen potentially making his debut.
The two teams last met in a Test series back in 2018/19, with South Africa having ran out 3-0 winners on home soil. South Africa also came out on top the last time the countries competed in a series in Pakistan, which ended 4-1 to Proteas. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2003/04 for Pakistan’s last Test series win over South Africa.
Pakistan vs. South Africa Odds and Forecast:
Following their victory in the opening Test, Pakistan are understandably the favourites to record a series win. The hosts are 1.80 with bookmaker 888Sport to win the upcoming Test, while South Africa are priced at 3.00 to come out on top. Meanwhile, the draw is available to back at odds of 5.0 with Betway.
Our Pakistan vs. South Africa Cricket Betting Tip:
However, our top betting tip for the Test match between Pakistan and South Africa is to back Pakistan to have the highest opening partnership. This market is available at appealing odds of 1.83 with Betway.