Who will win South Africa vs Pakistan, 1st T20?
Pakistan will bid to continue their fine T20 form when they take on South Africa, as they look to bounce back from test and ODI series defeats. The first match in the three-game series takes place at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. The match is scheduled for February 1, with the live action beginning at 18:00 local time.
SA vs PAK, 1st T20: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: PTV Sports, SuperSport, Sky Sports Cricket, Sony ESPN, ATN Cricket Plus, Willow TV, Flow Sports, OSN Sports Cricket, Gazi TV
Live streaming: SonyLiv, Now TV, SuperSport Live, Willow TV Online
South Africa won the toss and elected to field first at Newlands in the final ODI and may adopt the same tactic for this T20 match.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for South Africa vs Pakistan, 1st T20.
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
Lutho Sipamla could make his debut having been called up for the first time after impressing in the Mzansi Super League. The MSL has had a big impact on selection, with selectors also pointing to the form of Rassie van der Dussen, Beuran and Reeza Hendricks, Anrich Nortje and Gihahn Cloete. Cloete will keep wicket at some point in this series, it has been confirmed.
SA Key Players
Rassie van der Dussen comes into this series having hit three half-centuries in his debut ODI series – for which he was selected on the back of his success in T20 franchise cricket. That included, in December, the Mzansi Super League, where he was top run-scorer with 469 in 11 innings. His four half-centuries including an unbeaten one as Jozi Stars won the final.
Quinton de Kock was also in form in the Mzansi Super League and signed off from the recent ODI series – after being rested for the first two games – by scoring 83 in the decisive fifth match. De Kock has hit four T20 centuries in his career so far, including one in this year’s Mzansi Super League.Reeza Hendricks, meanwhile, hit an unbeaten 83 in the third ODI and, alongside van der Dussen and de Kock, was one of three batsmen to pass 400 runs in the Mzansi Super League having hit two centuries along the way.
With the ball, Andile Phehlukwayo is coming into this series on the back of his eight wickets in the ODIs. He starred with bat and ball in the second match, scoring an unbeaten 69 after taking 4-22.
SA Team Form
South Africa beat Australia in their most recent T20 match, in a game actually reduced to ten overs per side due to rain, having won both completed matches to see off Zimbabwe in the series before that. They did lose a one-off game to Sri Lanka beforehand, however.
Against Sri Lanka they were bowled out for just 98, suffering a three-wicket defeat, but did exactly what was expected of them against Zimbabwe. The first match saw Rassie van der Dussen hit a debut half-century in a total of 160/6 before Imran Tahir’s five-wicket haul helped bowl Zimbabwe out for 126. They then restricted Zimbabwe to 132/7 before claiming a six-wicket win with 28 balls to spare to wrap up the series. The final game was washed out.Most recently, in Australia, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks put on 42 in 17 balls for the first wicket, in the reduced ten-over game, and Faf du Plessis scored a quick 27. Their score of 108/6 proved 21 runs too many for Australia in reply.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Gihahn Cloete, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi
Pakistan Team News & Playing 11
PAK Team News
With Sarfraz Ahmed suspended, Mohammad Rizwan has been added to Pakistan’s T20 squad and will keep wicket. Shoaib Malik is set to captain the team, while Asif Ali has also been added to the line-up. The only other change from the team that whitewashed New Zealand is Mohammad Amir’s inclusion ahead of Waqas Maqsood.
PAK Key Players
Pakistan have been in dominant form in the T20 format, with Babar Azam a key part of that. He hit 126 runs in the three games against Australia and followed that with two half-centuries and a total of 163 runs against New Zealand.
Mohammad Hafeez has supported him ably at the top of the order, scoring 132 runs against New Zealand having hit 111 against Australia.
With the ball, Shadab Khan took ten wickets across the two series but the wickets have generally been shared out. Shaheen Afridi has seven across the two series, while Imad Wasim has eight – going at just 5.08 runs per over against Australia.
PAK Team Form
Pakistan have not lost a bilateral T20i series for three years, winning 15 of the last 16 games they have played in the format. Both Australia and New Zealand travelled to the UAE to face Pakistan most recently, and both returned on the end of 3-0 whitewashes.
They bowled Australia out for 89, replying to 155/8 to set the tone and then restricted them to 136/8 in an 11-run win next up. The third game saw Pakistan score 150/5, of which Babar Azam scored 50, before bowling Australia out for 117; Shadab Khan claimed 3-19 from four overs.
Against New Zealand, they began with a narrow two-run win, defending 148/6, and then reached 154/4 to win the second game with just two balls remaining – Mohammad Hafeez unbeaten on 34 to lead them over the line. In the third game, Babar Azam scored 79 and Hafeez an unbeaten 53 to set 166/3, before they bowled New Zealand out for just 119.
Pakistan Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SA : W W W L L
PAK : W W W W W
SA vs PAK Head to Head
Pakistan have played 11 T20 matches against South Africa and won five of them, with the South Africans just edging the head-to-head record with six wins. This is the first time they have met in this format since Pakistan’s tour of South Africa in November 2013, however.
On that occasion, South Africa won a rain-affected first match, having scored 153/7 before the rain curtailed Pakistan’s innings on 60/2 from 9.1 overs – granting South Africa a four-run D/L method win. Pakistan hit back, however, as Mohammad Hafeez (63) and Umar Akmal (64) shared a 102-run partnership to help set 176/4. In reply, Shahid Afridi took 3-28 as South Africa finished just short on 170/4.
South Africa vs Pakistan Prediction
While South Africa have won the test and ODI series, this is Pakistan’s specialist format. Their T20 form is exceptional and they can claim another win.
Final Verdict: Back Pakistan to beat South Africa