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Can Markram lead South Africa with the bat in the absence of du Plessis? Get our betting tips for the final Test between South Africa vs Pakistan

Ben Darvill 9 Jan 2019
  • The 3rd Test between South Africa and Pakistan is scheduled to start at 08:00 GMT on Friday, January 11 at the Wanderers Stadium

South Africa host Pakistan in the 3rd and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday, with the home side holding an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.


South Africa vs Pakistan Predictions 


South Africa vs Pakistan betting tips 


This has been a horrendous tour for Pakistan, and a hugely encouraging one for South Africa, with the home side romping into a 2-0 lead with just a single Test to go. Those two Tests went to the tune of comfortable South African wins, with Pakistan folding time and time again. The first match saw the away side fail to get past 200, with scores of 181 and 190 in comparison to South Africa’s 223 and 151/4, as the home side won by six wickets. Next up came an even more emphatic win for the Proteas, who bowled Pakistan out for 177 and 294, while they posted 431 and 43/1 as they easily got home with nine wickets and a full day still to play. Clearly, there is a massive gulf in class between the two sides right now. 

Interestingly, the home side have not even really been able to rely on their usual run-machine in Hashim Amla, who has made scores of 8, 63, 24 and 2, with one of South Africa’s and the game’s greatest ever batsmen struggling for form. Instead, it was captain Faf du Plessis who stepped up in the second Test as he notched a commanding century to put his team on the road to another win. However, the home side will have to do without him in the final Test as he has been banned and will miss the match due to his team’s slow over rate, while Amla may yet miss the Test after being struck on the bicep in the second innings of the second Test. In the potential absence of two of South Africa’s leaders, someone will need to step up, and we think that will be opener Aiden Markram. The opener looked very good as he notched an impressive 78 before being bowled right at the end of the day with a ball that skidded on in the first innings of the second Test. With the incredibly unfortunate manner of his dismissal in mind, we think that the Proteas star will be all the more determined to get to triple figures this time, and he offers good value to notch a 50 at 9/4 with Ladbrokes.

For Pakistan, it is difficult to really glean many positives from their performances so far, with their batting in particular weak. A top score of 294 is paltry, while they have been restricted to less than 200 in three of their four innings in the series. Shan Masood played well in the second innings as he notched scores of 44 and 61 to go with the score of 65 he cracked in the first Test. Mohammad Amir has looked good with the ball in hand across the series, taking eight wickets, while Shaheen Afridi has picked up nine of his own, but the two are a long way behind Duanne Olivier of south Africa at the top, who has 16 wickets in two matches. Pakistan’s leading bowlers will likely give South Africa some problems in the final Test, especially if the hosts have to use a few batsmen with less experience if injuries and suspensions are to hit, and perhaps backing Mohammed Amir to be Pakistan’s top bowler at 5/2 offers worthwhile value. Despite the fact South Africa may be without a few of their stalwarts, we think that the home side will once again have too much for a team that have looked out of their depth on this tour. The two are currently separated by two places and 14 points in the Test rankings, and judging by the performances of the two and the results, this gap should be even wider, with the Proteas making the most of home conditions in impressive fashion. 


South Africa vs Pakistan betting odds


Odds From William Hill:
South Africa to win: 4/11 
Draw: 7/1
Pakistan to win: 7/2

South Africa's Last Five Test Results:

W - South Africa (431 & 43/1) beat Pakistan (177 & 294) by 9 wickets.

W - South Africa (223 & 151/4) beat Pakistan (181 & 190) by 6 wickets.

L - Sri Lanka (338 & 275/5 declared) beat South Africa (124 & 290) by 199 runs. 

L - Sri Lanka (287 & 190) beat South Africa (126 & 73) by 278 runs. 

W - South Africa (488 & 344/6 declared) beat Australia (221 & 119) by 492 runs. 


Pakistan's Last Five Test results:

L - South Africa (431 & 43/1) beat Pakistan (177 & 294) by 9 wickets.

L - South Africa (223 & 151/4) beat Pakistan (181 & 190) by 6 wickets. 

L - New Zealand (274 & 353/7 declared) beat Pakistan (348 & 156) by 123 runs.

W - Pakistan (418/5 declared) beat New Zealand (90 & 312 f/o) by an innings and 16 runs.

L - New Zealand (153 & 249) beat Pakistan (227 & 171) by four runs. 


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