South Africa will play the first Test against Pakistan on Tuesday, January 26 in Karachi
Pakistan have only won one Test series against South Africa at home
South Africa have beaten Pakistan in five of the six Test matches played between the two in South Africa
The South African cricket team will play its first Test match on Pakistani soil in almost 14 years. With great excitement and anticipation in Pakistan, the question on everyone’s mind is, how did Pakistan deal with the Proteas in the past on its turf?
Past records are very important in cricket, especially when it comes to achieving a mental limit over your opponent. South Africa, it seems, has the same thing when it comes to Pakistan, as it has done better than the South East Asian team in family and series.
South Africa has won more Test series than Pakistan in terms of domestic and international series. The Proteas have won five consecutive Test Test matches (1997 and 2007) in Pakistan.
The green shirts managed to win one Test series in 2003 against South Africa, which was held in Pakistan. The last two Test series between countries (2010 and 2013) were won by South Africa. Both series have been played in the UAE, due to security concerns.
When it comes to Pakistan’s performance against the Proteas as tourists, it is getting worse.
All in all, Pakistan will still win the Test series against South Africa.
Pakistan has ‘opportunity to fight’ against South Africa: Misbah
Pakistan head coach Misbah ul Haq had said on Sunday that South Africa had previously been a strong team with top-class batsmen who were well-versed in spin bowlers and supported by a strong bowling line.
The Pakistani coach had said it might not be the same in this case and that Pakistan would have a chance as most of the players were playing in situations such as the home stadium.
“South Africa has had great strengths before. They had decent spinners and then the best strikers in the spin attack but this is another different South African team and we look forward to improving our record against them. We will try to exploit their weaknesses. This is the time to play good cricket for them, ”said Misbah.
“The home team is always on the move because of the local conditions; we also have an edge because our players have been playing home cricket here in Karachi. Therefore, they know how things will work out. So, we have a good chance when we face South Africa to do well and win the series, ”added the 46-year-old.