After handing away a good advantage in the first innings, and afterwards losing the 2nd test match, Pakistan face off against South Africa once more in the final game of the 3-match test series. The match will be played in Centurion.
Vernon Philander was there and there at a nagging length as always, and Robin Peterson also played an innings of 84 to decrease Pakistan’s advantage in the 1st innings of the 2nd test. Peterson also bowled well within his limits, and grabbed the man of the match award as well.
However, Pakistan also had some positives from the previous match, as both Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq hit tons. Also, Saeed Ajmal was the best bowler of the match, registering a 10 wicket haul.
It is all clear for Pakistan. They need to play more solid and attacking cricket, if they are to survive a whitewash in the series.
Junaid Khan might well recover in time, and is likely to be included in tomorrow’s game. Rest of the lineup is expected to match the one in the previous encounter. Tanvir Ahmed will make way for Junaid.
On the other hand, the Proteas are hoping to end this summer streak on a high, and rest assured, they will come hard in the 3rd test as well.
Morne Morkel, has been ruled out of the 3rd test, due to the injury he sustained during the previous test match. Rory Kleinveldt is the man who is expected to fill the vacuum created by Morkel. He is also tall like Morkel, and will definitely enjoy the steep bounce in Centurion.
No other drastic changes are expected in the South African lineup for tomorrow’s game.
The pitch at Centurion is expected to be the bowling paradise, the best of this three match test series. The surface is very likely to offer seam, bounce and some swing, due to high humidity, as well. The sun is also predicted to be shining all five days, excellent for Test cricket.