South Africa thrashed Pakistan by nine wickets in the second test at Cape Town and have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The hosts will now have their eyes set on a clean sweep as the two teams head to the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg for the third and final test. The match will be played from January 11 with live telecast to begin at 10 AM local time each day.
SA vs PAK, 3rd Test: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Ten Sports, Fox Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, SuperSport, OSN Sports Cricket HD
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for, SA vs Pak 3rd Test...
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
In the absence of Faf du Plessis who has been suspended for this game due to a slow over-rate in the Cape Town test and with Aiden Markram doubtful because of a thigh injury, South Africa's batting will depend mainly on Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock. Amla has three centuries and six fifties at the Wanderers while Bavuma struck a half-century in both the matches. de Kock is looking in good touch with scores of 45 and 59 in his two innings and he is the team's key man in the middle order. Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier are the main threats in this potent South African bowling attack. Olivier is leading the series wickets charts with 16 wickets followed by Rabada and Steyn who have taken 12 and 10 wickets respectively. With the pitch at Johannesburg conducive to seam bowling, the Proteas will once again back this pace troika to rip through Pakistan's batting line-up.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Aiden Markram/Pieter Malan, Dean Elgar (c), Hashim Amla, Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier
Pakistan Team News & Playing 11
Pakistan will bank on the likes of Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq and Imam-ul-Haq to deliver the goods when it comes to batting. Masood and Azam have both hit a couple of half-centuries in the series and the team will want them to continue their good form. Shafiq has a fifty in the only test match he has played at this ground and he is Pakistan's biggest hope with the bat in the middle order. Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir have been the pick of the bowlers for the visitors with nine and eight wickets respectively. Both took a four-fer in the first innings of the last match and it will be crucial that they provide the early breakthroughs with the new ball. Mohammad Abbas, who is ranked sixth in the ICC test bowling rankings, did not have much success last time but he is expected to make an impact with the ball at Johannesburg.
Pakistan Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c/wk), Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah/Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SA : W W L L W
PAK : L L L W L
South Africa vs Pakistan Betting Odds
South Africa are favorites to win the third test at very short odds of 1.30 on Betway, 1.33 on Bet365 and 1.37 on Betfair. Pakistan are the bookmakers' underdogs and are being offered at a much higher price of 4.75 on Betway, 5 on Bet365 and 5.10 on Betfair. The odds for this match to end in a draw stand at 10, 9.50 and 11.50 with the respective bookmakers.
South Africa vs Pakistan Prediction
Since 2002, the Wanderers has hosted 17 test matches and of those, only one has produced a draw. And considering how the series has panned out so far, a draw at Johannesburg seems to be the least likely outcome. South Africa completely dominated Pakistan in the first two matches and have left them demoralized after the nine-wicket thrashing at Cape Town. However, the hosts will be without their regular skipper Faf du Plessis and could also be without their opening batsman Aiden Markram. The absence of both will result in a fairly inexperienced South African batting line-up which will give the tourists an outside chance. But even with their depleted batting, the Proteas still look the stronger side in these conditions and we expect them to wrap up the series 3-0.
Final Verdict: Back South Africa to beat Pakistan in the third test at 1.30 with Betway, 1.33 with Bet365 and 1.37 with Betfair.