After facing defeat in first T-20 match, Pakistan have the chance to level the short format series against South Africa when the two sides clash at the Wanderers, Johannesburg, on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts secured a 1-0 lead going into the second match, thanks to a brilliant batting display from captain Faf du Plessis and opener, Reeza Hendricks, who registered 74 and 78 runs respectively, while David Miller did his bit on the field with six dismissal – to hand the Proteas a six-run win.
They will have to play the rest of the series without their skipper, Faf du Plessis.
Another absentee for the remainder of Pakistan’s tour is keeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock, who picked up a agroin injury and has been replaced by Cape Town Blitz opening partner, Janneman Malan.
Date: Sunday February 03, 2019
Timing: 14:30 Local Time and 05:30 PM PKT
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Weather: The weather is set to be fair.
Conditions / Pitch Report: Limited-overs pitches in Johannesburg are usually quick and encouraging for both pace bowling and strokeplay, but during the fourth ODI a track that was slightly drier than expected played to Pakistan’s strengths. Unless the pitch for the T20 is of a similar quality, the ball should fly off the bat in highveld conditions. Both teams will be wary of the propensity for afternoon thunderstorms in the region at this time of year.
Head to Head:
Matches: 12 | South Africa: 7 | Pakistan: 5 | NR: 0
South Africa: W W W W L (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L W W W W
For Pakistan, the defeat in previous games ended their nine-match winning streak, though they are much capable for a bounce back in the second game and one may expect them to counter the hosts in next game.
There is no update still on Mohammad Hafeez‘s availability that if he will play or not. Skipper Shoaib Malik missed out on a well deserved fifty in the series opener and he will be looking to carry on with his form.
Usman Shinwari was the pick of the lot in the series opener with three wickets in his four overs and the team will bank on the bowler to come good in the next game as well.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Babar Azam, 3. Mohammad Hafeez, 4. Asif Ali, 5. Shoaib Malik (c), 6. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7. Imad Wasim, 8. Shadab Khan, 9.Hasan Ali, 10. Usman Khan Shinwari, 11. Shaheen Shah Afridi
2. South Africa:
Miller will get his first experience of leading a team in international cricket while Gihahn Cloete or Heinrich Klaasen will move in behind the stumps.
Du Plessis suggested that every player in the squad would be trialled during these games, so Lutho Sipamla is once again in line for an international debut.
Reeza Hendricks and Gihahn Cloete will open the innings while Janneman Malan is set for his international debut.
South Africa’s Probable XI:
1. Gihahn Cloete (wk), 2. Rassie van der Dussen, 3.Chris Morris, 4. Wiaan Mulder, 5. Reeza Hendricks, 6. David Miller (c), 7. Andile Phehlukwayo, 8. Junior Dala, 9. Beuran Hendricks, 10. Tabraiz Shamsi,, 11. Lutho Sipamla
Players to watch:
1. David Miller – Batsman, South Africa
South Africa skipper David Miller is a utility player. While there may be someone who steals the spotlight, Miller has been very consistent for South Africa. Batting a little down the order, Miller reads the game very well and tunes his batting accordingly.
2. Reeza Hendricks – Batsman, South Africa
South Africa needed someone to play an innings according to the Situations. Reeza Hendricks did just that as he paced himself between rain interruptions which helped South Africa cross the finish line. Hendricks is a good prospect for South Africa and is only getting into the groove now. He is a batsman whose confidence is growing each day and is an impact player for the Proteas.
3. Shadab Khan – Bowler, Pakistan
20-year-old, Shadab Khan, is on the opposite spectrum as far as international experience goes. Pakistan’s leading limited-overs legspinner is over five months younger than Sipamla, but has played 68 international matches.
4. Fakhar Zaman – Batsman, Pakistan
Another player who had a quite tour but shined in the last game was Pakistan’s right-handed opener, Fakhar Zaman. While Imam-Ul-Haq has been turning it around for Pakistan, Zaman played a well-built 70 as he took Pakistan to a decent total. With the momentum currently on his side, we can certainly expect Zaman to make a difference in the first T20I at the same venue.
“It’s very nice playing in South Africa. I had no idea before coming to Mzansi Super League that there are so many Pakistani people here. When you play for your country and you have support from Pakistani people, it’s like you’re playing in your home.”
Asif Ali was very impressed with the amount support Pakistan had at Newlands, and is hoping for more of the same in Johannesburg
“What I’m really liking about Reeza at the moment is that he’s improved his consistency. We always knew that Reeza had a bit of flair and is one of those guys who is beautiful to watch when he cover drives, or back foot drives, but it was a bit more about consistency.”
Faf du Plessis reckons Reeza Hendricks has improved greatly from being a once-in-five innings performer
Stats and trivia:
- Hendricks made his domestic T20 debut at the Wanderers just over a decade ago. One of his three T20 centuries was made at the same ground.
- Pakistan have never beaten South Africa in a T20I at the Wanderers, but they did win games against Australia and Sri Lanka here during the World T20 in 2007.