Cricket match date: 03rd February 2019
Cricket match time: 8:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Pakistan tour of South Africa 2018/19
Team A: South Africa
Team B: Pakistan
Team A Captain: Faf du Plessis
Team B Captain: Shoaib Malik
Cricket Match Preview:
After the ODI cricket series, South Africa and Pakistan are now taking on each other in the T20 cricket series. South Africa emerged as the winner of the ODI cricket series but Pakistan are the best T20 cricket side in the world and by some distance. They have hardly lost a game of cricket, let alone the series in this format of the cricket game. South Africa, on the other hand, have hardly played T20 cricket games in the past year. They played a solitary T20 cricket game in Australia and before that, played cricket games against India in South Africa.
Pakistan will go into the T20 cricket game without their regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. The most senior member of the side, Shoaib Malik, was made the skipper in the ODI cricket series for the last two games. Sarfraz Ahmed was banned for four international cricket games hence, he did not take part in the final cricket ODI, making him unavailable for two international cricket T20s.
Despite the absence of their regular skipper, Pakistan will be a tough prospect for South Africa as they are easily the best team in the shortest format and has been so in a long time. Before arriving in South Africa, Pakistan had beaten Australia and New Zealand in UAE in the T20 format. Not only did they beat those teams but they also clean swept them.
So far on the cricket tour, Pakistan’s bowling has performed well in all the cricket games. It is their batting that has been under scrutiny. Even in batting, Pakistan have shown improvement as the tour went along. The likes of Imam ul Haq and Babar Azam have been standout performers with the bat while Mohammad Aamir and Shaheen Afridi have been brilliant with the ball.
South Africa have not really played a lot of T20 cricket over the span of last year. They would want to give license to their batsmen to play with freedom and to their bowlers to bowl with pace and energy. Their victory in the ODI cricket series would have given them a lot of confidence and they would like to carry the momentum forward.
It remains to be seen if both teams decide to rest a few of their key players, keeping in mind the upcoming World Cup. The likes of Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla might be rested from the South African lineup, whereas Pakistan may choose to rest Shaheen Afridi.
Cricket Match Information:
Pakistan and South Africa will take on each other in the second international T20 cricket game. It will be the second T20 cricket game of a three-match cricket T20 series. After an intense test cricket series and hard-fought ODI cricket series, this cricket series will give an opportunity to both sides to express themselves.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
South Africa won the ODI cricket series against Pakistan. In a hard-fought cricket series, South Africa got the better of Pakistan by a margin of 3-2. By the time this piece is being written, the teams had not played their first T20 cricket game. Our prediction is of some new players being introduced into the playing eleven, differing from those who played in the final ODI.
Here is our prediction of South Africa’s playing XI:
- RR Hendricks
- HE van der Dussen
- Faf du Plessis
- Hashim Amla
- Quinton de Kock
- David Miller
- Dale Steyn
- Kagiso Rabada
- Duanne Pretorius
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Imran Tahir
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Pakistan clean swept New Zealand at home in the three-match T20 cricket series. They have performed better in the limited overs international than the longer format of the cricket game. They are number one side of the T20 format hence, our prediction is to expect some new faces in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of Pakistan’s playing XI:
- Fakhar Zaman
- Babar Azam
- Mohammad Aamir
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Shoaib Malik
- Imad Wasim
- Shahdab Khan
- Shaheen Afridi
- Usman Shinwari
- Mohammed Hafeez
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Imad Wasim had a relatively quiet ODI cricket series as per his standards. His all-round form is crucial for Pakistan in the T20 cricket series. He bowls at the start of the innings and can hit a few lusty blows late in the innings. Hence, our prediction is of a good performance from him in this game of cricket and the series.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
In the last three international T20 cricket games played here, two scores of over 200 have been scored by sides. Our prediction is of another high-scoring cricket game. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Pakistan will begin this game of cricket as our favourites. Their recent performances in T20 cricket are brilliant and they will be difficult to beat for South Africa. Hence, our prediction is of a Pakistan win.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Babar Azam (PAK) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Imad Wasim (PAK) – 3 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
David Miller (SA)
South Africa – 1.68
Pakistan – 2.05
*odds may change anytime