Having already lost all three series, Pakistan will be desperate to end the tour on a high when they take on South Africa for one final time in the final T20I at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.
Pakistan have been nothing less than disappointing be it in the tests, ODIs, or T20Is. Though they’ve managed to give South Africa a run for their money in the two T20Is, they’ve failed to garner a win to keep their series winning streak in the shortest format alive. A clean sweep or a 2-1 result would hardly affect their numero uno status, but they’ll take 2-1 any day now considering the month long torment they’ve endured all along. Needless to say, they’ve got the ability to outclass the hosts, and it will just be about getting their act together. Their bowling has been a major let down and that is something they’ll be desperate to fix before going into the World Cup.
South Africa, with all their World Cup trials in place, have managed to topple Pakistan rather comprehensively. They’ve ensured the new comers into the side deliver the standards they’re expected to deliver and take South Africa beyond the finishing line. Two MoMs for their stand-in captain David Miller is the biggest take away for the hosts from these two T20I games. They’ll be looking for a similar performance overall, but would rather like to improve on their bowling front a bit, which has leaked too many runs in both the games. A defeat won’t hurt them by any means, but a clean sweep against the number one T20I side is something South Africa will be desperate to achieve.
Injuries: South Africa will have a full strength side at their disposal.
Doubt: Either of Chris Morris or Andile Phehlukwayo is expected to sit out to make way for Willem Mulder. Chris Morris is the one more likely to be axed considering the way South Africa have gone about their business so far.
Questionable: Wicket-Keeping gloves still don’t have a definite care taker after QDK as both Heinrich Klaasen and Gihahn Cloete have failed to deliver so far.
Expected Changes: We expect just a one change and that is of Mulder coming in for Morris.
Injuries: Mohammad Hafeez sat out of the first two games due to an injury and is least likely to be troubled for a dead rubber.
Doubt: Usman Khan’s inclusion over veteran Mohammad Amir backfired big time for Pakistan as he ended up conceding at almost 16 an over. Amir is more or less expected to return to the Playing11 now.
Questionable: Pakistan persisting with Fakhar Zaman has been a little surprising with a young and in-form Sahibzada Farhan waiting on the bench. They might as well consider dropping Asif Ali for Farhan if they so wish to keep Zaman in the side.
Expected Changes: Mohammad Amir coming in for Usman Khan is pretty much an obvious swap while the inclusion of Sahibzada Farhan is also expected but with a lot of doubt.
David Miller (C), Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Willem Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Junior Dala
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Sahibzada Farhan, Shoaib Malik (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir
This is more or less the last throw of dice from South Africa in accordance with their rotation policy for the World Cup 2019. That makes changes to the Playing11 quite obvious. As for Pakistan, making out an established playing11 will be the priority by now so we except a more stable lineup with their key bowlers returning to the forefront. Of the ones that are left in the sure shot starting XIs, Shoaib Malik looks be the most consistent of performers, which is why he stands in as the captain of our fantasy team.