South Africa’s ongoing tour of Pakistan will move to the next phase when the two teams meet in a three-match T20I series. The first of those three matches will be played on February 11. After the win in the Test series, the hosts will start the T20Is as the favourites. Not just the momentum of winning the Test series, but the fact that the South Africans have come with a second-string side will also help the hosts’ cause.
The Proteas selectors decided to rest most of their senior members as they were expected to come home and prepare for the home Test series against Australia. However, with that series getting postponed, the decision of resting players like Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, and others might seem a little absurd now. In the absence of the senior members of the side, Heinrich Klaasen has been handed over the responsibilities of leading the side.
As far as the hosts are concerned, they have too made a host of changes from the last T20I series. The appointment of a new chief selector has resulted in Pakistan giving a lot more attention to players who have done well in domestic cricket. Some notable absentees include Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz.
PAK vs SA Head to Head in T20Is
Matches Played: 14
Pakistan won: 6
South Africa won: 8
Tied/No result: 0
All three matches of the T20I series will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. After the series opener on February 11, the next two games will be played on February 13 and 14 respectively. The short series will also help some of the Pakistan players to get ready for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL), which starts six days after this series.
Pakistan is coming into this series after losing to New Zealand by 2-1. On the other hand, South Africa were whitewashed 3-0 at home by England earlier this year. Interestingly, most of the South African players who have been selected for this series didn’t feature in the previous series against England.
PAK vs SA T20I series schedule
1st T20I – February 11 – Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore – 4 PM IST
2nd T20I – February 13 – Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore – 4 PM IST
3rd T20I – February 14 – Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore – 4 PM IST
PAK vs SA T20I series squads
Babar Azam (c), Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar, Zahid Mehmood, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed.
Heinrich Klaasen (captain), 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, Jacques Snyman, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon.
PAK vs SA T20I series Telecast Details
India – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV
Pakistan – PTV Sports
South Africa – SuperSport
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