Pakistan will be desperate to preserve their winning streak in the shortest format as they enter the second of three T20Is a game down at the Wanderers on Sunday. Unlike the tests, Pakistan have been a much better unit in the limited overs and were quite close to the finishing line in the first T20I. South Africa might look to be sailing smoothly but they too have a lot playing in the back of their minds. South Africa have tried a debutant at almost every slot in their lineup now to get the best XI ready for the World Cup. With David Miller set to lead for the remainder of this series, they’ll now have a back up for their captain as well. The result will matter a lot to South Africa as anything below expectations will leave them lurking for a vice-captain. Pakistan stand exactly on the other side of the spectrum. Their vice-captain, Shoaib Malik, has been the lone silver lining in an otherwise dark series. Problems for them lie in almost all of the other 10 slots. Bowlers and batsmen have just been on and off and on and off. Consistency has eluded them throughout the tour. Come Sunday and Pakistan will give in their everything to avoid a series defeat in their more favoured format.
Injuries: Quinton de Kock is out due to an injury while Faf du Plessis has been rested for the rest of the series.
Doubt: Janneman Malan has been drafted in to replace Faf du Plessis in the lineup.
Questionable: Lutho Sipamla was expected to start the first game but didn’t. He is expected to sit out tomorrow as well.
Expected Changes: Janneman Malan is the only outright change we foresee, while Lutho Sipamla might just tweak in for a change in place of Junior Dala.
Injuries: Mohammad Hafeez, as is stated, has returned to 100% fitness for the visitors.
Doubt:Asif Ali’s failure let Pakistan down big time in the first time. Will they persist with him for a second time remains to be seen.
Questionable: Fakhar Zaman’s consistent failures have opened the doors big time for young sensation, Sahibzada Farhan.
Expected Changes: We expect two changes, Mohammad Hafeez coming in for Asif Ali, and Sahibzada Farhan replacing Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order.
Reeza Hendricks, Gihahn Cloete (WK), David Miller (C), Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Hendrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi
Fakhar Zaman/Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azan, Hussian Talat, Shoaib Malik (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi
The uncertainty over the Playing11 of both sides has made it difficult to pick a fantasy XI. The way South Africa have shuffled their players, it has been difficult to map their side in the next game. Pakistan have been pretty reluctant to the obvious changes though and have more than often on this tour stuck to their surprise pick policy. That leaves us with a very few options to pick from, of which,Chris Morris looks to have the chance of garnering the maximum number of points. One thing of interest though, will be whether or not Sahibzada Farhan starts ahead of Fakhar Zaman tonight. If he does, it will be better to pick him up and make some changes in the final moments to make your fantasy XI churn out more points for you.