On Sunday (14th February), the hosts Pakistan and the visitors South Africa will take on each other in the third and last game of the three-match T20I series at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore).
Currently, this T20I series is standing by the 1-1 position with one to go. While Pakistan won the first T20I by three runs, South Africa comfortably won the second game of this series by 6 wickets.
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 3rd T20I: Match Preview
After a close victory in the first T20I, the hosts Pakistan suffered a disappointing defeat in the second T20I. Like the visitors, the hosts also have now the same chance to win this T20I series by winning the last game.
While captain Babar Azam disappointed in both T20Is of this series, another opener and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan has continued his brilliant form. Rizwan has now scored three consecutive T20I 50+ runs, including a century in the opening game of this T20I series. But he didn’t get enough support in both the T20Is of this series. Another in-form all-rounder Faheem Ashraf scored crucial 30 not out off 12 balls in the last T20I but it wasn’t enough for his team.
Among the Pakistan bowlers, Usman Qadir and Shaheen Shah Afridi has impressed with the ball in hand. Mohammad Nawaz is also very economical bowler in this T20I series.
Babar Azam (C), Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar, Zahid Mehmood
Forms in the last 4 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Won, Won and Lost
South African bowlers impressed in this T20I series while pacer Dwaine Pretorius totally dominated with the ball in hand. As the series is currently 1-1, the visitors South Africa have the great chance to end this historic tour with the series-winning victory.
Apart from Dwaine Pretorius‘s five-wicket haul in the last T20I, Andile Phehlukwayo has also taken three wickets in this T20I series. Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has highly impressed with his economical bowling performances in this series.
Opener Reeza Hendricks scored 54 and 42 runs respectively in this series, while his opening partner Janneman Malan scored an aggressive 44 runs in the first T20I, Also, Pite van Biljon scored match-winning 42 runs in the last game. David Miller and captain Heinrich Klaasen also safely finished the game for the visitors on the last night.
Heinrich Klaasen (C), Nandre Burger, Okuhle Cele, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, George Linde, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Ryan Rickleton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Pite van Biljon, Glenton Stuurman, Jacques Snyman
Forms in the last 4 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost and Won
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 3rd T20I: Match Prediction
While Pakistan batting has struggled in this T20I series, South Africa are impressing, especially with their discipline bowling performances.
But as the series is currently standing in level, both teams have the equal opportunity to win this T20I series by winning the last game.