The Proteas are set to host Pakistan for the second T20I at Johannesburg for another epic encounter. South Africa defeated the visitors in the opening T20I by 6 runs in a close contest. The hosts would be hoping to replicate such performance in the upcoming T20I to seal the series. Pakistan needs to bounce back in this crucial game to stay alive in the series.
Pakistan were on an 11 match winning streak in T20Is before going down to the hosts at Cape Town. Faf du Plessis (78) and Reeza Hendricks (74) played exceptional innings to take their team to a competitive total of 192-6. Usman Shinwari bowled an excellent spell and took three wickets in the innings. Most of the Pakistani bowlers were taken to cleaners by the South African batsmen.
The visitors started the chase on a disappointing note and lost Fakhar Zaman in the first over of the innings. Husain Talat and Babar Azam stitched a useful partnership to bring their side back into the game. David Miller starred while fielding, bagging 2 crucial run outs and 4 catches to take the game away from Pakistan. B Hendricks, Chris Morris and Tabraiz Shamsi took two wickets each to restrict the visitors to 186-9.
Pakistan must be willing to put their best step forward in the upcoming match to level the series by 1-1. After losing both the Test and ODI series, the visitors need to win this series to take some positives away from this tour. The hosts must be eyeing to clinch the T20I series in the second game itself and continue their winning form.
Date: Sunday, February 03 2019
Time: 6 PM IST
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
League: Pakistan tour of South Africa 2018-19
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv.com
- Quinton de Kock has been ruled out due to a groin injury
- Janneman Malan has been called to replace him.
- Faf du Plessis has been rested for the remaining series against Pakistan.
- Lutho Sipamla might feature in this game to replace Junior Dala who was quite expensive in the first match.
- Pakistan is expected to play with the same starting lineup.
Pakistan – Shoaib Malik (c), Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Usman Shinwari, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Sahibzada Farhan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali.
South Africa – Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Chris Morris, Reeza Hendricks, Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala, Rassie van der Dussen, Wiaan Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Gihan Cloete, Heinrich Klaasen, Lutho Sipamla.
Probable Playing XI
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Babar Azam
- Asif Ali
- Shoaib Malik
- Fakhar Zaman
- Faheem Ashraf
- Imad Wasim
- Mohammad Hafeez,
- Usman Khan
- Shadab Khan
- Hasan Ali (Doubt: Shaheen Afridi)
- Gihahn Cloete (wk)
- Faf du Plessis (c)
- Reeza Hendricks
- David MiIler
- Rassie van der Dussen
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Wiaan Mulder
- Chris Morris
- Tabraiz Shamsi
- Junior Dala
- Lutho Sipamla
FUNTUSH SAFE XI
FUNTUSH RISKY XI