South Africa vs. Pakistan 2021
3rd T20I – Wed, 14th April
South Africa marched back to level the series earlier in the week, courteousness of all-around performance. While George Linde steps up with a remarkable spell of bowling for the Proteas, skipper Heinrich Klaasen and Aiden Markram completed the job with the bat.
South Africa will be keen on maintaining their winning drive on Saturday, but it’s simpler said than done. They will be highly poised, having won despite being the underdogs. Thus, they are perhaps not going to fiddle with this winning combination.
Possible playing XI: Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Pite van Biljon, Heinrich Klaasen (c&wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, George Linde, Migael Pretorius/Sisanda Magala, Wihan Lubbe, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks and Lizaad Williams.
For Pakistan, there’s a lot of room for progress in either department. While Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam have notched some runs in the last games, their bowling line-up needs to come up with better plans in the upcoming T20I.
All eyes will be on Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi, who have been in excellent form this series. While in the batting roster, Hafeez and Faheem Ashraf will be the ones to look out for.
Possible playing XI: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Rauf and Usman Qadir.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The third T20I game between Pakistan and South Africa will take place in Centurion on 14th April Wednesday.
The wicket in Centurion is a decent one to bat on as there isn’t much assistance on offer for the bowlers. There is barely any movement off the surface and minimal swing too. Nevertheless, an extra bounce could come in handy for the bowlers to exploit early in the innings.
The batsmen are going to relish playing their knocks from the very beginning. However, dew is also expected to play a role. The pitch and environment shouldn’t change too much across for both sides. 175-185 should be a decent total, with both sides probable to choose chasing at this ground.
Although South Africa has the impetus heading into the match, Pakistan is the clear favourites, given their exceptional depth and experience. And thus, Pakistan is at the skinny odds of 1.64, where the hosts trail at 2.15. These are a lot like the previous game.
And be mindful of the hosts. They’ve got plenty of tricks up their sleeves to upset the odds in no time. Nevertheless, if the second T20I was any hint of things to come, we should be in for an exciting match of cricket in Centurion on Wednesday.