Pakistan vs. South Africa 2021
3rd T20I – Sun, 14th February
South Africa will need to be wary of Babar Azam and his team, who are itching for a historic series win in Lahore. A couple of adjustments are anticipated on the Pakistan side, although their team composition is doubtful to be changed considerably.
Pakistan comes into this match as the clear favourites, although South Africa has demonstrated that they can defeat their turf hosts. Mohammad Rizwan’s match-winning century and some efficient bowling ensured Pakistan asserted a narrow three-run win in the series’ inaugural match.
Possible playing XI: Babar Azam (C), Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali/Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Usman Qadir.
South Africa Need to be Consistent:
South Africa traded the hosts an actuality check when Dwaine Pretorius’ five-wicket haul aided the tourists to level the series on Saturday. Courteousness of the six-wicket win fueled by sizeable contributions from Pite van Biljon and Reeza Hendricks, the Proteas will come into the series-tiebreaker with momentum on their side.
The much-altered South Africa side, with numerous vital players not participating in this series’ leg, fell just short. Reeza Hendricks hit a fluent half-century, but they could perhaps only reach 166/6.
Possible playing XI: Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Heinrich Klaasen (C&WK), Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Pite van Biljon, Glenton Stuurman and Lutho Sipamla.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The third T20I between hosts Pakistan and South Africa will occur at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday.
The wicket is marginally on the slower side, but there will be some swing on the bid for the speedsters. The batters will look to bide their time in the middle before going big, a gambit that could go either way yet.
The spin bowlers could have a big say in the actions, as this will be the second match in as many days at the ground. Both sides will look to bat first after winning the toss, with 155-165 runs expected to be a par-score.
With the series on the way, another exciting game summons at the Gaddafi Stadium between two of the world’s finest cricketing nations.
Pakistan was the clear favourite despite the loss yesterday. The home team enters this game at the odds of 1.51, and the visitors are at 2.45. South Africa was impressive in the last game, and we witnessed how the underdogs could upset the odds with exceptional performances. Thus, playing wisely is the best choice.
Babar Azam will want to go big following a first ball run out. He is the second-best batsman currently and will be itching to go hard. Pakistan finished by a whisker last time out and can win more persuasively this time around. Hence, we reckon this game will be a cracker.