Host Pakistan face visitors South Africa in match two of three T20I Series at the Kadhafi stadium (Lahore) on Saturday evening (February 13).
The Men in Green currently lead the T20I home series 1-0 with two to go. While Lahore also hosted the opener of this T20I series, Pakistan won this thrilling match by 3 points.
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 2nd T20I: match preview
The Pakistani hosts edged their South African opponents in the opening match of the T20I series, mainly thanks to their opening wicket hitter and goalkeeper. Mohammad Rizwan. Apart from his first century T20I, which was also his second T20I fifty in a row, Rizwan also played a crucial role as a wicket keeper, especially in sacking set opener Reeza Hendricks at the crucial moment of the second. handle.
While Pakistan scored 169/6 in that game, Rizwan scored over 60% of the team’s points. Thus, the other batsmen failed to provide proper support to their wicket-keeper shaped batsman.
The bowlers were also disappointed with the power play. However, after the power play, the hosts quickly took control of the game by restricting opposing batsmen. Finally, they just managed to clinch the top seed.
Pakistan will secure their victory in this T20I series with another victory in the last two matches.
Babar Azam (C), Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed , Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar, Zahid Mehmood
Forms of the last 4 matches (oldest to most recent): Lost, lost, won and won
The final match ended in a situation that was too tight but too far away for the visitors to South Africa, who always made crucial returns but failed to use these situations properly, as did their performances in the Test Series in this tour in Pakistan.
While the South African bowlers provided a good start in the opening innings of the last T20I, they were mostly disciplined except for their failure to fire centurion Mohammad Rizwan.
Chasing the 170-run target, forerunners Janneman malan and Reeza Hendricks provided a very good start. After Malan was sent back in the seventh playing a quick shot, Hendricks controlled the innings despite not getting the proper support from the other end. But after scoring half a century, Hendricks lost his wicket due to a runout after his great confusion with the non-attacking partner and the brilliant job of wicket keeper Rizwan.
Although their late batsmen did their best in the end, South Africa simply failed to end their losing streak. They have lost all of their last five T20Is. Meanwhile, they cannot afford another loss in this T20I series as they have to win the remaining two games to win this T20I series.
Heinrich Klaasen (C), Nandre Burger, Okuhle Cele, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, George Linde, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Ryan Rickleton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Pite van Biljon, Glenton Stuurman, Jacques Snyman
Forms of the last 4 matches (oldest to most recent): Lost, lost, lost and lost
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 2nd T20I: Match prediction
South Africa has lost its last five T20Is while Pakistan is not consistent enough. Speaking of the current South Africa Pakistan tour, visitors always fought until the last moment, but the hosts always got over it at the right time.
For the penultimate match of this T20I series, Pakistan are favorites but South Africa has the last chance to return to this T20I series.