South Africa vs Pakistan Match Preview
South Africa will look to make it 3-0 in their favour when they take the field against Pakistan in the third and final Test match between the two teams that is to be played at Centurion from February 22.
Will continue to trouble the Pakistani batsmen
The home team is in great form at the moment especially in this format of the game having beaten New Zealand before the commencement of this series and then going on to establish an unassailable lead in the present three Test match series against Pakistan. The manner in which the team has been going about their business under the captaincy of Graeme Smith has been absolutely outstanding.
Morne Morkel is an uncertainty for the match at Centurion and it is expected that Rory Kleinveldt will replace him in the lineup. Dale Steyn will look to carry on his wonderful form with the bowl while Vernon Philander will also look to excel. The batting has been pretty good from the Proteas with the top six batsmen all in decent form at the present time. The team will be confident of their chances of winning as they go into the match.
Pakistan put on a much improved show at the Newlands in the last Test match but that was not enough to get a result in their favor. Coming back to Centurion, one expects that the Pakistani batsmen will struggle once again. However, the same cannot be said of bowler Mohammad Irfan who will be looking forward to bowl on a wicket that is known to favour the quicker bowlers.
Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq got to glorious hundreds in the first innings at the Newlands in the last Test match while Azhar Ali did not do too badly in the second innings. No other Pakistani batsman has impressed on this tour. Mohammad Hafeez needs to find his footing if the team are to have any chance of salvaging something from this series.