South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
Pakistan won their only T20I at the venue by 95 runs back in 2013.
Published - Feb 5, 2019 7:29 pm | Updated - Feb 5, 2019 7:29 pm
The scorecard of the three-match T20I series would show that South Africa have won it by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead. However, both encounters turned out to be absolute thrillers with the visiting team failing to hold its nerve in the death overs. The Proteas didn’t have Faf du Plessis and David Miller would be satisfied that he led the team to glory against the ICC’s number-one ranked T20I team.
Pakistan, on the contrary, came into the series without their regular captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and slumped to their first T20I series in three years. They would be disappointed as in both the previous matches, they had the opposition by the scruff of its neck. The third game of the series is scheduled to be played tomorrow at the SuperSport Park in Centurion and it’s nothing, but a dead rubber.
Pitch and Conditions
The two matches in the series have been won by the team, batting first. Moreover, the venue has also been a witness to seven games out of which only two were won by the team, batting second. Hence, for the time being, teams are most likely to bat first after winning the toss. Though clouds are forecasted to loom over the ground, there’s no chance of a downpour
The Proteas may replace Andile Phehlukwayo with Willem Mulder. Malan and Reeza Hendricks would continue the batting with the in-form Rassie van der Dussen at number three. The onus would be on skipper Miller and Heinrich Klaasen to shepherd the middle-order. Morris’ experience needs to come to the fore. Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks and Dala are the pacers with Shamsi as the spin-bowling option.
Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller (C), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Willem Mulder, Chris Morris, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi.
The visitors may rope in Mohammad Amir in place of Hasan Ali, who was expensive in Johannesburg. Babar Azam and Hussain Talat have got the runs, but it’s time for the other batters to lend them support. Pakistan may also try Sahibzada Farhan. Hafeez may get a go as well. Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are the all-rounders. Shaheen Afridi and Faheem Ashraf are the pacemen.
Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hussain Talat, Sahibzada Farhan/Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir/Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi.
Probable Top Performers
David Miller – South Africa | Babar Azam – Pakistan
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Live Streaming – Sony LIV
Match Timings – 21:30 IST; 18:00 local
The prediction is for the team batting first to win the match.
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