The second test match in the three match series between South Africa and Pakistan takes place in Cape Town with the hosts looking to clinch the series in front of home support. The Proteas won the first test match by six wickets in what was a closely contested opener and both teams will fancy their chances at Newlands. Pakistan have rung the changes since the opening game and will be hoping to see a change in fortunes as a result.
2nd Test Matc, South Africa vs Pakistan, Newlands Cricket Ground, Thursday 3rd January 2018
- South Africa – Best Odds – 4/11 (William Hill)
- Pakistan – Best Odds – 4/1 (Ladbrokes)
- Draw – Best Odds – 8/1 (Bet Victor)
It was once again the old guard that saw South Africa home in the last test match with Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar seeing the hosts home in a cagey second innings. The emergence of Temba Bavuma has also been a huge positive for South Africa who will be concerned with the form of Faf du Plessis in the middle order too. Man of the match Duanne Olivier seized his opportunity in the last test, taking 11 wickets and he will be hoping to follow that performance up here.
Once again the lack of runs on the board cost Pakistan in Centurion with the visitors failing to score over 200 in both of their innings. Babar Azam in the first innings and Shan Masood in the second, demonstrated patience and stroke play that will hold them in good stead in South African conditions this tour and they will need more of that here. Mohammad Amir looks to be back to his best for Pakistan and his four wickets in the first innings served as a timely reminder of his talents.
South Africa vs Pakistan Head to Head
South Africa dominate the head to head between the sides, leading 12:4 whilst another 7 test matches between the sides have ended as draws.
South Africa vs Pakistan Odds and Predictions
South Africa are a very tough proposition at home and should enjoy the movement in the Newlands pitch.
South Africa to win the test match represents good value at 4/11 with William Hill.
Duanne Olivier is in the form of his life for South Africa and he will be raring to go here.
Duanne Olivier to be the top South African bowler in the match looks a super bet at 3/1 with Bet Victor.
Shan Masood showed real resolve in the second innings for Pakistan and could well be coming into form here.
Shan Masood to be the top Pakistan batsman in the match is a solid bet at 5/1 with 888 Sport.
Dean Elgar has been in fine form at the top of the order for South Africa and how he will be looking to set a solid platform for his team here with Aiden Markham.
South Africa to score the highest opening partnership in the match is an excellent bet at 8/15 with Tony Bet.
Top South Africa vs Pakistan Betting Tip
The series is delicately poised and both sides will fancy their chances but it should just be South Africa that emerge victorious here.
South Africa to win the series looks a very good bet at 4/7 with Net Bet.