Pakistan are hoping to turn their Twenty20 fortunes around when they take on a depleted South Africa in a three-match series starting in Lahore on Thursday.
The hosts have won just one of their last eight Twenty20 series, with victory coming against lowly Zimbabwe.
But they are seeking a return to the form that saw them win 11 series in a row from September 2016 to November 2018, lifting them to the top of the world rankings.
Pakistan’s spirits are riding high after beating South Africa by 95 runs in Rawalpindi on Monday to take the two-match Test series 2-0 — their first win over South Africa since 2003.
Date: February 11, 2021
Timing: 06:00 PM PKT
Weather: The weather is expected to clear throughout the match.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The dew is expected to play a role. The pitch is expected to be flat and good for run-scoring.
Head to Head:
Matches: 14 | Pakistan: 6 | South Africa: 8 | Draw: 0
Pakistan: W L L W W (Most recent first)
South Africa: L L L L W
Pakistan have left out senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez because of his commitments to the T10 league in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan will be boosted by the presence of Babar Azam and Hasan Ali.
Pakistan have four uncapped options available – left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, all-rounder Danish Aziz, leg-spinner Zahid Mehmood and bowling all-rounder Amad Butt.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Babar Azam (c), 2. Haider Ali, 3. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 4. Khushdil Shah, 5. Asif Ali, 6. Hussain Talat, 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Mohammad Nawaz, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Haris Rauf, 11. Usman Qadir
2. South Africa
South Africa will be without regular skipper Quinton de Kock, as well as established stars such as Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.
The Proteas selectors decided to rest most of their senior members as they were expected to come home and prepare for the home Test series against Australia which has been postponed so it will be hard to guess who will be playing tomorrow.
South Africa’s Probable XI:
1. Janneman Malan, 2. Reeza Hendricks, 3. Jon-Jon Smuts, 4. David Miller, 5. Heinrich Klaasen (capt &wk), 6. Pite van Biljon, 7. Dwaine Pretorius, 8. George Linde, 9. Lutho Sipamla0. Tabraiz Shamsi, 11. Glenton Stuurman
Players to watch:
1. David Miller – Batsman, South Africa
David Miller is clearly the best batsman for the touring side. He is the most experienced one and is currently going through a good form.
2. Babar Azam – Batsman, Pakistan
Babar Azam is number two ranked Twenty20 batsman. Babar Azam can have a good start to the series if he takes off in a batsman friendly pitch. Babar is a smart player and plays well to the situation. He has been very consistent with the runs for Pakistan and could be one of the most important players in the series.
Stats and Trivia:
- South Africa have never lost a T20I series to Pakistan.