Pakistan Women thrashed South Africa Women by seven wickets in the first T20 international at Pretoria to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The hosts will now look to bounce back in the second T20I which will be played on May 18 at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg. Live action is scheduled to start at 1 PM local time.
South Africa Women have now had two batting failures in four games. Their top four batters collectively scored just 20 runs last time and the hosts will be hoping for a much better effort from their top order in the next match. Sune Luus and Lizelle Lee did a good job with the bat in the ODI series and they will be expected to make strong contributions this time around. South Africa will also have their hopes pinned on Marizanne Kapp and Mignon du Preez who is one of their best batters in this format of the game. Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail and Masabata Klaas are all quality bowlers and it will be up to this pace troika to apply pressure on the Pakistani batters. Masabata topped the bowling charts in the ODIs. She was also the pick of the bowlers in the last game with figures of 3-1-16-1 and can be backed to finish with the best figures again.
It was a disciplined bowling performance from the Pakistan Women in the first T20I, restricting the hosts to a meagre 119, and they will look to follow that up with another good showing on Saturday. Sana Mir, the team's best bowler in the format, starred with the ball last time picking up three wickets while conceding only 14 runs off her four overs. Nida Dar and Nashra Sandhu are the other bowlers in this line-up that the home team will be wary of. In terms of batting, Pakistan Women will bank on the likes of Bismah Maroof, Aliya Riaz and Nida Dar. Bismah and Nida smashed twin fifties in the last match and guided their team to victory. However, the visitors would also want their openers Javeria Rauf and Omaima Sohail to take them off to a good start.
SAW vs PAKW Head to Head
South Africa Women and Pakistan Women have now played ten matches against each other in the game's twenty-over format with both winning five times each.
Pakistan Women have now won three of their last four T20I encounters against South Africa Women.
In the opening game of the ongoing series, South Africa Women scored 119/7 in their 20 overs after being put into bat first. However, it wasn't enough as Pakistan Women completed the chase in 18 overs to win the match by seven wickets.
||SA Women Won
||PAK Women Won
SA Women vs Pakistan Women Betting Odds
South Africa Women, despite facing a heavy defeat in the series opener, start off as favorites to win the second T20 international at 1.36 with Betway, 1.40 with Bet365 and 1.37 with Betrally. Pakistan Women are the bookmakers' underdogs and they are being offered at odds of 3 on Betway, 2.75 on Bet365 and 2.65 on Betrally.
SA Women vs Pakistan Women Prediction
Pakistan have taken early lead in the series and have gained momentum which is so crucial in T20 cricket. Also, their confidence would have received a big boost with the convincing win in the last game. Their spinners are bowling well and the home team will have to come up with some sort of a plan to neutralize them. If they are able to do that, then the hosts stand a good chance of leveling the series. South Africa had a rough day with the bat last time but we expect them to put up a better show in this match and avenge their defeat.
Back South Africa Women to beat Pakistan Women in the 2nd T20I at 1.36 with Betway, 1.40 with Bet365 and 1.37 with Betrally.