PAK VS SA: Pakistan after putting up a way too ordinary show in the 3 match Test series finally showed some character in the ODI series where they took the hosts to the limit but ended up in losing by a margin of 3-2. A lot of positives came out for Pakistan with the primary one being the form of their openers which was their biggest concern in the Test series. Both Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq were among runs and were the constructors of their 2 big wins over the Proteas.
The hosts, on the other hand, managed a scintillating win in the fifth ODI to grab the series after being put under the hammer in the fourth ODI where they were outdone by 8 wickets. The win in the final game not just hand them the series but also propelled their confidence which would be quintessential going into the shortest format where they are going to face an outfit which is sitting at the top of the pile of T20 rankings.
Pakistan vs South Africa Team News
- South Africa have named 20-year-old left arm-pacer Lutho Sipamla who was impressive in the Mzansi Supoer League claiming 16 wickets from 10 matches.
- Mohammad Amir is back for Pakistan after he missed out in the T20I series against new Zealand.
Pakistan vs South Africa PLAYING 11
PAK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen – Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman
All-rounder – Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim
Bowlers – Usman Khan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi (Doubt: Hasan Ali)
SA Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Quinton de Kock
Batsmen – Faf du Plessis (c), Reeza Hendricks, David MiIler, Rassie van der Dussen, Gihahn Cloete
All-rounder – Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder
Bowlers – Tabraiz Shamsi (Doubt: Lutho Sipamla or Junior Dala)
Pakistan vs South Africa SQUADS
Pakistan – Shoaib Malik (c), Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Usman Shinwari, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Sahibzada Farhan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali.
South Africa – Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Gihan Cloete, Junior Dala, David Miller, Chris Morris, Reeza Hendricks, Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Heinrich Klaasen, Lutho Sipamla.