South Africa vs Pakistan – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Pakistan taking place? Friday, 1st February, 16:00 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Pakistan taking place? Cape Town

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Pakistan? Sunny for most of the day with highs of 26c but there is a small chance of further disruptions due to rain.

What channel is South Africa vs Pakistan on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream South Africa vs Pakistan? South Africa vs Pakistan can be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for South Africa vs Pakistan?
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LAST MEETING
Pakistan beat South Africa by 6 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

Captain: Faf du Plessis

  • South Africa won the decider in the ODI series to win 3-2 and that will give them confidence as they enter this T20 three-match series against the team rated number one in the world according to the ICC rankings in this format.
  • Despite leaving him out of the final ODI after some poor form, David Miller is in the squad and they will look to him, De Kock and Du Plessis for some big hitting to match the tourists who have been in superb form in this format and can score at impressive strike rates.
  • They are resting their experienced bowling attack so Steyn, Rabada, Philander and Tahir are all left out as they have called up talented youngster Lutho Sipamla and the likes of Beuren Hendricks, Junior Dala and Tabraiz Shamsi are all expected to play.

PAKISTAN

Captain: Shoaib Malik

  • Pakistan come into this T20 series as the top-ranked team in the world in this format of the game and having won 17 of their last 18 T20 international matches so confidence is superb despite having lost the Test and ODI series.
  • The team will not be too dissimilar to that which which ended the ODI series although they will be skippered by Shoaib Malik and they may consider rejigging the batting order with the in-form Imad Wasim potentially coming up the order for some pinch-hitting.
  • Hussain Talat is one candidate to come into the side as he offers another part-time bowling option with Mohammad Amir possibly making way, while Mohammad Rizwan is under some pressure to perform and take advantage of this opportunity in Sarfraz Ahmed’s absence.

THE PREDICTION

South Africa edged the ODI series with a comfortable win in the final match but the series went back and forth with both teams having their moments. Pakistan will not be too disillusioned by that loss and they enter this format of the game where they have been the standout team in the international scene for the last 12 months. Despite losing the ODI series, they did have the ability to hit bigger than the hosts, and they can get off to a good start with a win in this opener.