Man of the Match: Iram Javed
Wounded Pakistan aim to bounce back against South Africa
Our Prediction is South Africa to win!
With five-match T20I series perfectly poised at 1-1, Pakistan will take on the hosts South Africa in the much-awaited clash at The City Oval in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.
Hosts South Africa produced a dominant performance with bat and ball to level the five-match T20I series. Captain Sune Luus will be hoping that the side can continue their winning momentum in the remaining games of the T20I series.
On the other hand, Pakistan suffered a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa in the previous game played on Saturday. Captain Bismah Maroof will be hoping that the side can put in a better show with the bat in this game.
The home will be keen to continue their winning momentum when they take on Pakistan in the third game of the one-day series on Sunday. The bowlers delivered a pitch-perfect performance for South Africa and managed to restrict Pakistan to a modest total in their full quota of overs.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp and Captain Sune Luus to produce runs with the bat. Opening batsman Lizelle Lee made a strong comeback in the previous game and scored a half-century to steer South Africa women to a comfortable win over Pakistan women. She scored 56 off 52 balls with the help of five fours and one six.
Lizelle was well supported by all-rounder Marizanne Kapp, who chipped in with unbeaten 56 runs off 51 balls with the help of six boundaries. South Africa will be hoping that the experienced players in the batting lineup can maintain their consistency in the remaining three games of the T20I series.
Tazmin Brits failed to capitalize on her good start and scored 17 off 16 balls with the help of three boundaries. Chloe Tyron, Mignon du Preez, and wicket-keeper Sinato Jafta will need to contribute with runs for the side in this game.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Shabnam Ismail and Marizanne Kapp produced probing spells against Pakistan in the previous game. The pace duo did not allow Pakistan’s batting lineup to score easy runs in the initial Powerplay overs. Masabata Klaas and Tumi Sekhukhune and Sune Luus also chipped in with crucial wickets for South Africa 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
Tumi Sekhukhune, Sune Luus, Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta, Mignon du Preez, Moseline Daniels
The visitors, who have been wounded by a hard-hitting defeat in the previous game after managing to produce a below-par score on the board, will need to raise their game with the bat. Bismah Maroof-led unit will be fully aware of the fact that any slip-ups will make their task of making a comeback difficult in the T20I series.
After opting to bat at Pietermaritzburg, Pakistan struggled to get going in their innings and managed to post 128 for 5 with Captain Bismah Maroof scoring an unbeaten 63 runs off 47 balls.
The opening pair of Omaima Sohail and Javeria Rauf got the side to a steady start and added 36 runs in space of seven overs. Omaima scored 23 off 28 balls with the help of one boundary. She needs to be a little more pro-active at the crease in the initial Powerplay overs. Javeria Rauf also scored 16 off 21 balls with the help of one four and a six.
All-rounder Aliya Riaz chipped in with cameo and put on a crucial 49-run partnership with Bismah Maroof to push Pakistan’s score beyond the 100-run mark. She will be looking to put in a decent score for the side in this game. Iram Javed and Kainat Imtiaz failed to make an impression for Pakistan in the previous T20 game played against South Africa.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Sana Mir and Nida Dar to provide crucial breakthroughs. Off-spinner Sana Mir has been the standout bowler for Pakistan on this tour so far and will be looking to continue her rich vein of form in this game. Rameem Shamim also bowled well and conceded just 23 runs from their four overs.
Bismah Maroof (captain), Iram Javed, Javeria Rauf, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Aliya Riaz, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Fatima Sana/Rameem Shamim, Sana Mir, Kainat Imtiaz
Aliya Riaz, Kainat Imtiaz, Sidra Nawaz, Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Nashra Sandhu, Sana Mir, Ramin Shamim, Javeria Khan, Iram Javed
The pitch prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The quick bowlers might get some help with the new ball in the initial overs of the innings. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is going to be bright and sunny throughout the day.
South Africa managed to win their first T20I against Pakistan at City Oval, Pietermaritzburg. Hosts will be keen to continue their winning streak against Pakistan at this venue.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bowl first and make early use of the pitch conditions. The surface will get easier for batting in the second half of the innings.
Hosts South Africa will start as favorites to win this game against Pakistan. The home side will need to guard against complacency and produce their best game with the bat and ball. Experienced players like Lizelle and Marizanne Kapp showed excellent form with the bat and will need to do more of the same in this game.
On the other hand, Pakistan will need to produce an improved batting performance in order to put up a tough fight against South Africa.
Expect South Africa women to win this game.
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