South Africa vs. Pakistan 2021
1st T20I – Sat, 10th April
It is a true disgrace that South Africa is playing an international series, and its finest players have chosen not to stand for it. The batting line-up for South Africa will be guided by Janneman Malan and Reeza Hendricks at the top of the order. Rassie van der Dussen at number three trailed by Temba Bavuma.
The rawness and lack of power in the lower order could be a problem. The bowling line-up is not good, and we have just witnessed Pakistan bulldoze these bowlers with simplicity in the third ODI. Among the bowlers, Tabraiz Shamsi is the highest-rated T20 bowler and can be likely to give South Africa a wicket-taking advantage.
Possible playing XI: Janneman Malan, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sisanda Magala, Rassie van der Dussen, Tabriaz Shamsi, Temba Bavuma (C), Aiden Markram, Kyle Verrynne (WK), Heinrich Klaasen, Lutho Sipamla and Junior Dala.
Pakistan has made some curious changes to its T20 team, and we think most of them are pretty good. The management has used the shortened PSL as the basis for choice, which is not a bad thing.
A solid batting line-up with the likes of Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, and Haider Ali likely to encompass the top-4 gives Pakistan a lot to work with. Pakistani bowling line-up is potent, with Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and perhaps Hasan li making the cut for the first game.
Possible playing XI: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali/Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The first T20I match between South Africa and Pakistan will take place at Centurion on 10th April Saturday.
A great batting wicket will be on bid at the Wanderers, with the bowlers anticipated to get some help off the pitch. While the ball should come onto the bat well, the batters will need to be wary of movement off the wicket.
The spin bowlers should also come into play as the game proceeds, making for a good competition in the middle overs. Both sides will look to chase under the lights, with 165-175 being par at this venue.
It is tricky to look past the depths of the Pakistani team at the instant. They have a formidable batting line-up with its top players in fantastic form. The bowling roster is also healthier than South Africa at the moment.
South Africa is thus, rated at the odds of 2.10, while Pakistan is at 1.60. A change to home conditions, then, makes them an enticing fancy. Betting Pakistan at such odds is often burdened with risk, not least because of that history when batting first. They are, nevertheless, really string with the ball.