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Pakistan vs. South Africa : PAKISTAN TO START BIG || 1st T20

Pakistan vs. South Africa 2021

1sr T20I – Thu, 11th February

Pakistani Pacers to be Prime:

 Host Pakistan ran out complacent victors in the Test format, as Hasan Ali excelled with a ten-wicket haul previously in the week. Their aim now swings to the quickest format, with the PSL 2021 also fast advancing.

Pakistan welcomes back skipper Babar Azam to the roster after the ace batter skipped the New Zealand tour in December last year. Nevertheless, there’s a new look at the Pakistan T20I team, with youngsters Usman Qadir and Danish Aziz yearning to mark the international level.

Possible playing XI: Babar Azam (C), Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Shaheen Afridi/Mohammad Hasnain, and Usman Qadir.

South Africa Seeking Redemption:

South Africa has also chosen a youthful roster with their Test superstars taking a rest. However, they have a lot of ability on the side to fall back on, with Heinrich Klaasen leading the team in Quinton de Kock’s nonappearance.

With Tabraiz Shamsi and David Miller’s likes looking to make an impression on this series, the Proteas are undoubtedly a force to be regarded within this format and should confirm to be a trickle for the hosts.

Possible playing XI: Reeza Hendricks, Pite van Biljon, Heinrich Klaasen (C&WK), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Bjorn Fortuin, Junior Dala and Lutho Sipamla.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The first T20I between hosts Pakistan and South Africa will take place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Thursday.

A flat track anticipates the two sides in Lahore, with the speedsters likely to play a significant part. There should be sufficient swing and bounce on offer for the fast bowlers to exploit early in the innings, making it problematic for the batters to get going.

The spin bowlers should also come into vital play with the ball sliding on a bit under the fog lights. Either team will want to chase upon winning the toss, with 165-175 being a par score at this ground.

Tough Tight Tussle:

Pakistan holds the upper hand ahead of this game, given their exceptional stability and home circumstances favouring them. Nevertheless, the South Africans are more than adept at pulling off a troubled, with youngsters Lutho Sipamla and Janneman Malan being the ones to watch out for in this game.

The Pakistani team beholds the odds at 1.42 while South Africa is at 2.70. Undoubtedly, the home team is the favourite; however, we reckon waiting for the right prices post toss should be wise.

Either way, an exciting game of T20I cricket summons with both teams looking to land the first win in this series.