South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20I: Rotobash Fantasy Cricket Tips

South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20I: Rotobash Fantasy Cricket Tips

Proteas have rested some of their key players for the T20Is against the No.1 ranked team.

South African team
South African team. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Pakistan is a 1st ranked team in the world when it comes to T20I cricket. They have been the most consistent team in the last year and a half. Recently, they whitewashed New Zealand and Australia in the UAE and it speaks volumes on the quality of cricket they have played. With the likes of Babar Azam (no. 1 ranked), Fakar Zaman and Shoaib Malik in the line-up Pakistan will be hoping for a much better performance in this format against the hosts. Meanwhile, South Africa will be looking to improve their record in this format as they are 5th in the team rankings.

Proteas have rested some of their key players for the T20I; this is a great opportunity for the youngster to show their skills at the highest level. Youngsters like Lutho Sipamla, Rassie van der Dussen will need to prove their mettle and make a contention for the World Cup squad.

Match Details:

South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20

Date: 1st February 2019

Time: 9:30 pm IST

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Pitch Report:

Generally, Newlands is a good batting wicket with some assistance to the spinners. Teams like to chase in this kind of wickets, expecting a score around 165.

Team News:

  • Lutho Sipamla is likely to get a debut with Beuran Hendricks
  • Gihahn Cloete has been added to the squad after an amazing performance in MSL 2018
  • Junior Dala and Heinrich Klassen have also been added in the squad
  • Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir have been given a break
  • With Sarafraz Ahmed’s suspension, Shoaib Malik should captain the side
  • Asif Ali possibly returning after a decent performance in T20 leagues
  • Mohammad Amir’s return to the T20 Squad

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Probable XI

South Africa:

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (c), David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla


Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik (c), Asif Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf/Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali.

Choices for captain and vice-captain:

  • Quinton de Kock
  • Babar Azam
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Mohammad Hafeez

Rotobash XI:

Power Player:

Shadab Khan is 2nd best bowler in the ICC T20I ranking, his variations are difficult to pick and with the pitch assisting the spinners; he can be your punt for your fantasy leagues.

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