The first Test between Pakistan and South Africa began in Karachi today
The first Test between Pakistan and South Africa began in Karachi today and it’s safe to say that the opening day has been full of action, so far.
Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan’s brilliant display of athleticism, which resulted in a run out, debutant Imran Butt’s stunning catch in the slips and South Africa pacer Dale Steyn’s tweets kept Twitter abuzz.
Quicks options— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 26, 2021
With a lack of seam movement the quicks are gana have to search for the obvious reverse swing, but in doing so the fast cutter with the newer balls seam still pronounced might be a weapon.
Just a thought.
I’m bored, on the couch, just like all you reading this 😂
Top of off with the odd bouncer— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 26, 2021
Reverse swing in the middle
New ball to knock off the tail
Easy fifer for me on the couch 😂
Itna crowd Pakistan me test matches me wesey aata nehi hae jitnay ki awaaz PTV per a rehi hae. #PAKvsSA— Saqib Shah (@Saqibca) January 26, 2021
Pakistan handed left-arm spinner Nauman Ali and opener Imran Butt Test caps as they went for a combination of two spinners and three fast bowlers.
South Africa also kept the same formula with Keshav Maharaj and George Linde —both left-arm spinners — along with their much vaunted pace trio.
The two-match Test series marks the first tour of South Africa to Pakistan in 14 years, a leap forward for the revival of international cricket in the host country.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan, Nauman Ali, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (capt), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, George Linde
Last year's finalists, Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings, face off in the round robin stage of HBL PSL 6 at the National Stadium in Karachi on28/Feb/2021