Man of the Match: Lizelle Lee
South Africa aim to wrap up T20 series against Pakistan
Our Prediction is South Africa Women to win!
After registering a four-wicket win in the fourth T20I game against Pakistan, Host South Africa will be desperate to clinch the T20I series in Benoni on Thursday.
South Africa managed to chase a competitive score of 172 runs, courtesy splendid performances from Lizelle Lee, Nadine de Klerk, and Shabnam Ismail. Skipper Sune Luus will be hoping that the side can deliver another clinical performance to clinch the five-match T20I series.
On the other hand, Captain Bismah Maroof will be pleased with his side’s performance despite losing the previous game. The visitors will be confident of doing well and have a great chance of winning maiden T20I series in South Africa.
The home side will be looking to deliver sold show with the bat and ball order to beat Pakistan and clinch the T20I series in the fifth and final game in Benoni. Captain Sune Luus will need to lead from the front for the side in this series finale.
South Africa's top-order batsmen will be keen to put in another splendid performance in order to put pressure back on Pakistan. In the batting department, the home side will be reliant on the experienced players like Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus and Nadine de Klerk to produce the bulk of the runs for the side in this game.
The in-form opening batsman Lizelle Lee, who scored a blistering half-century in the previous game, will be looking to play a big role once again in this series decider. Lee played exceedingly well and smashed 60 off 31 balls with the help of eleven boundaries. Chasing 173 runs to win, Lee decided to take the attack to the Pakistan bowlers and added 74 runs with Tazmin Brits for the opening wicket.
Tazmin Brits played a supporting to Lizelle Lee in the previous game and scored 18 off 22 balls with the help of one four. She will be looking to produce a decent score for South Africa in this series decider.
Nadine de Klerk, Captain Sune Luus and Chloe Tyron produced crucial runs to help South Africa take the game down to the wire against Pakistan. The batting trio will need to more of the same in the fifth and final game of the T20I series at Willowmoore Park On Thursday.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Shabnam Ismail and Moseline Daniels bowled exceedingly well and picked up three wickets between them. Masabata Klaas also delivered tidy performance with the ball in the previous game.
The main cause of concern for South Africa will be the back-up bowlers who conceded a lot of runs so far in this T20I series. Nadine de Klerk and Sune Luus need to put in an improved performance with the ball in this series finale.
Lizelle Lee, Tazmin Brits, Moseline Daniels, Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus (captain), Sinato Jafta (wk), Shabnam Ismail, Chloe Tyron, Nadine de Klerk, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune/Nondumiso Shangase.
Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Moseline Daniels, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta
The visitors have managed to surprise everyone with their consistency with bat and ball in this five-match T20I series. Bismah Maroof will be buoyed by spectacular batting performance produced in the previous game. The side will be looking to maintain consistency with the bat and ball and clinch their maiden T20I series in South Africa.
The side clearly played positive cricket and managed to post a competitive total of 172 for 5, courtesy Nida Dar’s blistering 75 runs. Captain Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz also chipped in with decent scores for the side in the previous game.
For Pakistan, the openers have failed to make an impression so far in this T20I series. Javeria Khan and Sidra Ameen will need to deliver runs for the side at the top of the innings. The side once again will be depending on the likes of Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar to do the bulk of the scoring.
The duo showed excellent form in the previous game and added 106 runs to help Pakistan post a competitive score on the board. All-rounder Nida Dar produced whirlwind innings of 75 runs off 37 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes. She was well supported by Maroof, who chipped in with 37 runs with the help of six fours.
All-rounder Aliya Riaz also produced a brisk cameo of 35 runs off 17 balls with the help of four fours and a six. She has certainly been a consistent performer with the bat for Pakistan in this T20I series.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Aliya Riaz, Sana Mir, and Nida Dar to deliver crucial breakthroughs in this series decider. Medium-pacer Fatima Sana was standout bowler for the side in the previous game with three wickets to her name.
Bismah Maroof (captain), Iram Javed, Javeria Rauf, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Fatima Sana/ Nashra Sandhu, Rameem Shamim, Sana Mir, Kainat Imtiaz.
Aliya Riaz, Kainat Imtiaz, Sidra Nawaz, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan, Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Fatima Sana, Sana Mir, Ramin Shamim, Iram Javed
The wicket prepared for the series finale will be perfect for batting. The bowlers will need to bowl right lengths to pick up wickets on this flat surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is going to be bright and sunny.
South Africa will be looking to continue their winning streak at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. The home side managed to beat Pakistan in a high-scoring game played at this venue. Pakistan will be looking to improve their overall game in order to clinch maiden T20I series.
Both the sides will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this placid surface. The quick bowlers might get some assistance off the pitch. All of the T20I games have been won by sides batting second.
Host South Africa will be favorites to win this game against Pakistan. The home side will be fancy their chances of doing well in this series decider. The likes of Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus and Shabnam Ismail will be looking to produce something special for the side and help South Africa clinch the T20I series.
On the other hand, the visitors cannot be taken lightly given how well they have performed on this tour. Bismah Maroof will be hoping that the side can raise their game with bat and ball in this series decider. Expect South Africa to eke out a close win over Pakistan.
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