After wrapping up the ODIs, which Pakistan won, South Africa and Pakistan will clash in a 4-match T20I series beginning on the 10th of April.
Pakistan to clinch the first T20I.
A resurgent Pakistan will be all ready to square off against South Africa in a 4-match T20I series. After winning the ODI series comfortably, Pakistan will be eyeing another T20I series win against South Africa. The Proteas are without many of their major stars who have left to feature in the Indian Premier League. Moreover, Pakistan has had an excellent record in the format in recent times and look in great touch as a limited-overs unit. They will begin as favorites for this T20I series.
South Africa have a big challenge ahead of them as they gear up to face Pakistan in this T20I series. They will first be without the services of Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Anrich Nortje who have all left to feature for their respective teams in the IPL. Each of them was integral to South Arica’s limited-overs set up and their absence will greatly hurt the home side. To make matters worse, new captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen are all set to miss the series as well after sustaining injuries in the ODI series.
Heinrich Klaasen is likely to lead the side and will have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. Beuran Hendricks, Janneman Malan, and George Linde are some of the other batsmen to watch out for. On the bowling front, South Africa looks even more depleted and would have to bank on Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, and Lutho Sipamla to deliver the goods. Leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who was pretty expensive in the ODI series, will also have a key role to play.
Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Jon Smuts, Pite van Biljon, Heinrich Klaasen (c), Dwaine Pretorius, George Linde ,Bjorn Fortuin, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks
Aiden Markram, Lizaad Williams, Heinrich Klaasen, SSB Magala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Wihan Lubbe, Andile Phehlukwayo, PJ van Biljon, Janneman Malan, B Hendricks, George Linde
Pakistan have included Fakhar Zaman in their squad for the T20I series against South Africa. The left-handed opener was in sensational form in the ODI series and was the leading run-getter with two hundreds. He will certainly be expected to make an impact now at the top of the order. With the likes of Haider Ali, captain Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan in their batting unit, Pakistan looks quite dangerous.
Their bowling too is now well settled and will be led by the enigmatic Shaheen Shah Afridi. While he was a tad expensive in the last ODI, his death overs bowling can be a big game-changer. Haris Rauf, who was excellent in the ODIs is also expected to make an impression along with Hasan Ali who would be itching to get a game. Usman Qadir’s role will be crucial too as his spin can help throttle the batsmen during the middle overs.
Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf
Usman Qadir, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan
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The pitch at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg is expected to be a batting beauty. The track is generally quite hard, where the ball comes on easily to the batsmen. Bowlers tend to suffer but if the wicket slows down significantly, then spinners will have a role to play.
The weather at Johannesburg for the day of the game is expected to be clear and pleasant with the night temperatures to be around 13° C.
The Wanderers Stadium has seen some huge totals in T20Is over the years. Totals of 200+ have been achieved here as many as 11 times, with the highest one being a whopping 260-6 by Sri Lanka against Kenya in 2007. The team batting first in this game would have to target a total of around 180-200 to feel safe.
The team winning the toss would look to bat first as this is a high-scoring venue a huge total first up can give them the advantage.
Pakistan and South Africa had faced off against each other in a 3-match T20I series in February this year which Pakistan won 2-1. While they had the advantage as the home side then, Pakistan will begin as favorites for this game and this series as well despite being the visitors. The Proteas are without seven of their main players and will be fielding a second-string and inexperienced side. It will take a huge effort from them to even compete against this talented Pakistani side. They are strong in all the departments in this format and are expected to dominate.
Pakistan to clinch the first T20I.