Centurion, February 06 at 9:30 PM IST
The top-ranked T20 side, Pakistan would be looking for a consolation to end their tour of South Africa in a dead rubber third Twenty 20 International at SuperSport Park.
Nothing has gone in favour of the visitors as they earlier lost the Test and One Day International series on the tour. In the series so far, Pakistan have competed well but have been found wanting to close games. They need more from the bowlers and middle-order for the last hurrah.
South Africa, have done reasonably well in the absence of regulars. The top order has scored runs, some of the rookies have grabbed opportunities with both hands and others have made their case for World Cup squad selection.
Head-to-head (last five T20Is)
South Africa – 4, Pakistan – 1
Form guide (last five T20Is, recent first)
Pakistan – L L W L W
South Africa – W W W NR W
Pakistan Team News: Usman Shinwari remains doubtful after an expensive spell in the last outing. Mohammad Hafeez can return to the XI. There is also an outside chance of Sahibzada Farhan to making an appearance here.
South Africa Team News: Both Willem Mulder and Gihahn Cloete are in contention to feature. Andile Phehlukwayo may get rested after he has been a part of all limited-over games against Pakistan.
Pakistan Playing 11: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Asif Ali/Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan/Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf/Usman Shinwari
South Africa Playing 11: Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Chris Morris, Willem Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lutho Sipamla, Janneman Malan, Heinrich Klaasen/Gihahn Cloete
Team 1: Babar Azam guides Pakistan home
– Babar Azam has been in ominous touch. He has made significant contributions and on this occasion, he can steer Pakistan to a consolatory win.
Team 2, 3: Hendricks, Malan and Dussen onslaught
– Reeza Hendricks, Janeman Malan and Rassie van der Dussen looked untroubled in the last outing. The three can be backed to replicate the performances.
Team 4, 5: Pakistan’s game
– Pakistan is an unpredictable unit. Against the odds, Pakistan can deliver here. Pick more Pakistan players.