South Africa look to draw level against surging Pakistan in the T20 Series
Our Prediction is Pakistan Women to win!
Host South Africa will be looking to make a strong comeback when they face Pakistan in the second game of the T20I series in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.
Captain Sune Luus will be hoping that side can make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game and put in an improved performance with the bat. The home side will need to guard against complacency against spirited Pakistan side, who done exceedingly well so far on this tour.
On the other hand, Pakistan women will be looking to continue their winning momentum in this game. The side delivered a clinical performance with the bat and ball to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20I series.
After succumbing to a seven-wicket loss in the first of five T20I games against Pakistan, South Africa will be keen to make a swift comeback in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.
South Africa’s batting woes continued as they struggled to get going in their innings and posted a below-par of 119 runs in 20 overs. Opening pair of Lizelle Lee and Tazmin Brits perished for ducks in the previous game against Pakistan. Tazmin Brits has played a couple of T20 games for South Africa and will be looking to make a strong statement with the bat in this game.
On the other hand, experienced opener Lizelle Lee will need to produce runs for the side at the top of the innings. Last year, Lizelle scored 436 runs in 20 matches at an average of 22.94. She will need to dig deep in order to produce a decent score for South Africa in this game.
The middle-order comprising of Sune Luus, Marizanne Kapp and Mignon du Preez will need to contribute with decent scores in this game. The batting trio failed to capitalize on their starts to see South Africa struggle to put up a competitive total in the previous game. South Africa will be hoping that the likes of Sune Luus and Mignon du Preez can come to the party in this game and help them level the five-match T20I series.
All-rounder Chloe Tyron innings of 41 runs were the bright spot for the hosts in otherwise timid batting performance. She looked in good form with the bat and smashed three fours in her innings.
Shabnam Ismail also chipped in with crucial cameo for South Africa and put on a 54-run partnership with Tyron in the previous game played at Pretoria. For South Africa, Shabnam Ismail and Marizanne Kapp will need to produce early breakthroughs with the new-ball. Masabata Klaas and Tumi Sekhukune also bowled well in the previous game played against Pakistan.
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt/Tazmin Brits, Moseline Daniels, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (captain), Sinato Jafta (wk), Shabnam Ismail, Chloe Tyron, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune
Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Tazmin Brits, Marizanne Kapp, Moseline Daniels, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta
On the other hand, Pakistan will be brimming with confidence after beating South Africa in the opening game of the T20I series in Pretoria on Wednesday.
Off-spinner Sana Mir was the star of the show with the ball for Pakistan in the previous game and picked up three wickets to restrict South Africa to a paltry total. Nida Dar, Nashra Sandhu, and Aliya Riaz also bowled well and picked up crucial wickets for Pakistan in the previous game.
In the previous game, Captain Bismah Maroof led from the front with the bat and scored unbeaten half-century to steer Pakistan to a comfortable win over South Africa. She smashed 53 off 48 balls with the help of four boundaries. Bismah came to the crease and formed a match-winning partnership with Nida Dar to see Pakistan complete the chase in the 18th over of the innings.
Nida Dar also produced splendid innings after Pakistan lost both their openers in the initial Powerplay overs. She looked pro-active at the crease and showed positive intent against South African bowlers. Nida scored 53 off 37 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.
The likes of Aliya Riaz, Sana Mir, and Sidra Nawaz will be keen to contribute with crucial scores for the side in this game.
The bowlers delivered an exceptional performance in the opening game of the T20I series against South Africa. The side will be relying on the likes of Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, and Nida Dar to provide crucial breakthroughs in this game.
Bismah Maroof (captain), Iram Javed, Javeria Rauf, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Aliya Riaz, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Fatima Sana, Sana Mir, Kainat Imtiaz
Aliya Riaz, Kainat Imtiaz, Sidra Nawaz, Bismah Maroof, Omaima Sohail, Javeria Rauf, Nida Dar, Sana Mir, Ramin Shamim, Nashra Sandhu, Iram Javed
The strip at City Oval, Pietermaritzburg is expected to be excellent for batting. The bowlers will need to work hard for their wickets on this placid pitch. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday is for cloudy conditions throughout the day
City Oval in Pietermaritzburg has hosted a couple of international games in the past. South Africa women will play their first T20I at this venue. The venue has hosted a lot of warm-up games in the past.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest score. Traditionally, the venue has produced high-scoring games in the past. It will be interesting to see what type of surface curator has prepared for this contest.
Based on current form, Pakistan women will start as favorites in this game against South Africa women. The visitors have surprised many with their consistently good performances on this tour. Pakistan looks a better-balanced unit at the moment in comparison to South Africa.
On the other hand, South Africa has struggled to produce competitive scores as a batting unit. The likes of Sune Luus, Lizelle Lee and Mignon Du Preez will need to produce something special to help South Africa level the T20I series.
Expect Pakistan Women to register a comfortable win on Saturday.
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