Cricket match date: 06th February 2019
Cricket match time: 9:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: SuperSport Park, Centurion
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: Sarfraz Ahmed
Cricket Match Preview:
Pakistan side, without their regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, could not quite finish their job as they lost another T20 cricket game against host South Africa. This loss resulted in a series loss for Pakistan, which is a rare occurrence in the T20 cricket format. With Sarfraz Ahmed set to return from a four-match ban, his sole purpose will be to avoid a clean sweep and return home with a win in their belt.
In the absence of 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 and the first two cricket games of T20 series. Malik could not win the ODI cricket series as well as T20 series and it will be a relief for Pakistan that their regular skipper will now return.
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. Hence, this cricket series loss would have hurt them the most. The most disappointing aspect of their cricket was their bowling, which usually is their most reliable part. Bowlers like Usman Shinwari could not do justice to their talent and went for plenty.
South Africa had not quite played lots of international T20 cricket over the past year, although they did play Mzansi cricket league, which was their home cricket league. It seems to have had an immediate impact on their cricket as it provided them with class players like Reza Hendricks, who has been the top scorer for South Africa in this cricket series.
In the final T20 cricket game, there will not be any let up in intensity as both sides would be looking to finish the series on a high. Keeping the upcoming 50 over cricket World Cup in mind, no side would like to lose the winning momentum.
Cricket Match Information:
Pakistan and South Africa will take on each other for the final time on this cricket tour in the 3rd international T20 cricket game. South Africa have already wrapped up the series by winning the first two cricket games.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
South Africa have won in all three formats of the cricket game on this tour against Pakistan. While they comfortably won the test cricket series, ODI cricket series was a lot closer. Now they have also won the T20 cricket series by winning the first two cricket games. Our prediction is of some new players being introduced into the playing eleven other than those who played in the first two cricket ODIs.
Here is our prediction of South Africa’s playing XI:
- RR Hendricks
- HE van der Dussen
- JN Malan
- Henrich Klassen
- Chris Morris
- David Miller
- CJ Dala
- L Sipamla
- BE Hendricks
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Tabrez Shamsi
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Pakistan have had a dismal tour of South Africa so far. They have lost in every format of the cricket game. With the series already lost, they would like to win the final cricket game. Our prediction is of some changes to their playing eleven for this cricket game. Usman Shinwari might be replaced by Mohammad Aamir for this game.
Here is our prediction of Pakistan’s playing XI:
- Fakhar Zaman
- Hussain Talat
- Babar Azam
- Mohammad Aamir
- Sarfraz Ahmed
- Shoaib Malik
- Imad Wasim
- Shahdab Khan
- Shaheen Afridi
- Mohammad Aamir
- Mohammed Hafeez
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Babar Azam has had a remarkable tour of South Africa. Amidst the disappointment, he has managed to not only score but score at a brisk pace in all three cricket formats. He has been the highest scorer of Pakistan in the T20 cricket series as well. Hence, our prediction is of a good performance from him in this game of cricket as well.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international T20 cricket game played here was between India and South Africa. South Africa chased down the total of 188 runs set by India in that cricket game. Our prediction is of another high-scoring cricket game. Conditions are expected to be dry.
South Africa will begin this game of cricket as our favourites. They have already won the cricket series and their confidence would be sky high at the moment. 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 – 1.90
Pakistan – 1.74
*odds may change anytime