Abu Dhabi stages Pakistan’s latest adventure as they take on South Africa in a cricket series involving 2 T20′s, 5 ODI’s and 2 Tests. Pakistan, Betfred’s 11/8 outsiders for the 1st T20, are encircled by off the pitch issues including match fixing allegations, coach/captain/selector arguments and the reinstatement of banned players.
Pakistan regained some credibilty with a brace of ODI wins over England after a miserable Test series but it can’t be forgotten that they failed badly in the T20′s with the English. South Africa, 8/13 (PaddyPower), will look to exploit that fragility with a strong batting line up that has smashed Zimbabwe around for the last month, culminating in 272-run ODI thrashing.
Graeme Smith is, as ever, a threat at the moment, and de Villiers and Amla are smashing runs about; 1500 between the latter two in ODI games for 2010. With Pakistan missing their 2 best seamers, you would expect South Africa to get a cracking total. de Villiers can be backed at 4/1 with 888sport to top score in a South Africa win.
If 8/13 on South Africa is a touch short, take Sportingbet’s handicap of -2 wickets or -10.5 runs on South Africa at 5/6.