PREVIEW

 

South Africa are set to host the Pakistani side for the first T20I at Newlands, Capetown. Having won both the test and ODI series, the hosts would be eyeing to seal the T20 series as well. We can anticipate a high-voltage drama heading into the first match of the series. After getting hammered in the test series (3-0) and marginally losing the ODI series (3-2), the visitors now find themselves at a better place.

Pakistan team has really bounced back in style in the limited overs format. They look a totally different side in the green kit, playing aggressive and sensible cricket. Although they lost both the series in this tour, there are still some positive signs which could help them in the T20s. There was a lot of criticism about the Pakistani openers after the test series. Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman proved their critics and led their team to the victory in the first and fourth ODI respectively. Shohaib Malik would be hoping to end this tour on a high and clinch the T20 series.

On the contrary, the Proteas has been exceptional in this tour. All of their players have chipped in at crucial times with the bat or ball. After getting defeated in the fourth ODI, the hosts were under the pump. They delivered when it mattered and won the final ODI comprehensively by 8 wickets. This win was not only necessary to seal the series but also important to remove the dent of ‘Chokers’. The hosts would be beaming with confidence heading into the first T20 against the World No. 1 T20 side.

 

 

Ground Stats T20

 

Total Matches 17
Matches won batting first 5
Matches won bowling first 12
Average 1st Inns scores 151
Average 2nd Inns scores 144
Highest total recorded 188/9 (20 Ov) by Eng vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded 101/10 (19.3 Ov) by SL vs AUS
Highest score chased 181/4 (19.2 Ov) by AUS vs RSA
Lowest score defended 154/8 (20 Ov) by RSA vs Eng

 

Team News

 

Pakistan

  • Malik will lead the side in the absence of Sarfraz Khan.

 

South Africa

  • Lutho Simpala is likely to make his debut in this match.
  • While Gihahn Cloete can also feature in the starting lineup

 

SQUADS

 

Pakistan:

Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik(c), Asif Ali, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir

South Africa:

Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Gihahn Cloete, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Lutho Sipalma, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Pakistan

  • Shoaib Malik (c)
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Babar Azam

 

South Africa

  • Quinton de Kock (wk)
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Chris Morris

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Pakistan

  1. Fakhar Zaman
  2. Babar Azam
  3. Mohammad Hafeez
  4. Shoaib Malik (c)
  5. Asif Ali
  6. Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
  7. Faheem Ashraf
  8. Imad Wasim
  9. Shadab Khan
  10. Usman Khan
  11. Shaheen Afridi.

 

South Africa

  1. Reeza Hendricks
  2. Quinton de Kock (wk)
  3. Rassie van der Dussen
  4. Faf du Plessis (c)
  5. David Miller
  6. Gihahn Cloete
  7. Chris Morris
  8. Wiaan Mulder
  9. Andile Phehlukwayo
  10. Tabraiz Shamsi
  11. Lutho Sipamla

 

FUNTUSH SAFE XI

 

FUNTUSH RISKY XI

 

 

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