Pakistan will face off against South Africa in the second T20 match of their tour of South Africa. The visitors lead the four-match series 1-0. After winning the ODI series 2-1, the away team will want to do something similar in the shorter format of the game. They are playing some good live cricket at present already. On the other hand, the home side will be eager to leave their mark on the series now and level it.
The first team to register 100 T20I wins will be looking to seal the series in the next two matches and make the 2021 tour a memorable one. The Pakistani batsmen have just looked magnificent throughout the tour and in the first T20, with the hosts missing some key bowlers, Azam and company simply nailed it. Chasing 189 runs, Pakistan was led by Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 79 to seal the fixture with one ball to spare. Short cameos by Faheem Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman played second fiddle. On the bowling department, except for Nawaz and Haider Ali, all others proved expensive and that is one point Babar Azam will stress on in the team meeting. It will surely be a great cricket match if the visiting side can play as they have in recent times.
Pakistan T20 squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal
When you don’t have half the players of the A-team around, the pressure is all on the youngsters who have a big stage to present their deal. For South Africa, which was led by Heinrich Klaasen after Bavuma got himself injured in practice, the likes of Linde, Magala, Ludde, and Biljon had that chance. Although they couldn’t make any major dent, a seasoned half-century by Aiden Markram took the total to 188 runs. The bowling has much more to ponder on. They looked clueless when Rizwan went berserk.
South Africa T20 squad: Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen (captain) , George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Pite van Biljon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Wihan Lubbe, Aiden Markram
South Africa and Pakistan have faced each other 18 times in T20 matches. Proteas have won nine matches and Pakistan has emerged victorious in nine games.
Wanderers presented a lightning-quick outfield and the fielders had a tough day at the office. It came off as a balanced pitch, but the batsmen enjoyed most of the day. Considering form, team balance, and intensity as the core factors and Pakistan wins the game, stepping only one step closer to sealing the series.
Date and Time:
April 12, 2021 (Monday)
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg