South Africa vs. Pakistan 2021
4th T20I – Fri, 16th April
Despite all their personnel worries, South Africa has been remarkable, with Aiden Markram and skipper Heinrich Klaasen shining with the bat at the top of the order. They managed to keep the intent alive till the end.
Although their inexperienced bowling line-up has also sparkled in bits and pieces, there is some room for progress on that face. However, the Proteas will be looking for a series-levelling victory on Friday.
Possible playing XI: Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, George Linde, Pite van Biljon, Heinrich Klaasen (c&wk), Migael Pretorius/Sisanda Magala, Wihan Lubbe, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks and Lizaad Williams.
Pakistan hunted down a massive total in the earlier game, courteousness of Babar Azam’s awe-inspiring century. With Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan in a good groove as well, Pakistan will supremely look to win the series entirely.
However, their bowling line-up will need to perform better, with Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi being one to watch out for. The pacey pitches are going to suit them exploit all conditions.
Possible playing XI: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Rauf and Usman Qadir.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The fourth and final T20I game between Pakistan and South Africa will be played at the SuperSport in Centurion on 16th April Friday.
As seen in the last game, the wicket benefits the batsmen, with Pakistan hunting down a 200+ mark with comparative ease. Although no movement is obtainable off the pitch, a whiff of extra bounce and pace unsettled the batsmen on a few incidents.
The spin bowlers will need to appropriately fluctuate their lines and lengths, with no turn on bid. Both sides will look to chase upon securing the toss, given the batting-pleasant conditions. Although 180 is average at the venue, both sides are well and genuinely adept at breaching even the 200-run mark.
Pakistan absolutely killed the odds on the other night. They were favourites all along. And they are undoubtedly going to start this game as favourites too. They begin at the odds of 1.55 while the hosts are at the odds of 2.35.
The hosts showed their abilities with the bat. And we reckon, if they do well with the ball and are able to restrict Pakistan to a modest total, South Africa are will be no farther to be the favourites. Thus, place your best wisely.