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02 Feb 2019 by Ash Wheldon

South Africa vs Pakistan – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Pakistan taking place? Sunday, 3rd February, 12:30 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Pakistan taking place? Johannesburg

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Pakistan? Thunderstorms are expected to cause real disruption throughout this game despite highs of 23c

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? https://www.viagogo.co.uk/Sports-Tickets/Cricket/Pakistan-Cricket-Tickets

LAST MEETING
South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

Captain: Faf du Plessis

  • South Africa continued their recent dominance over Pakistan across all formats of the game as they began this three-match T20 series with a win following their wins in both the Test and ODI series.

  • The Proteas edged a tight contest by six runs thanks to a couple of lovely knocks by skipper Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks with the pair putting on 131 for the second-wicket partnership.

  • However, du Plessis will be rested for the final two matches whilst Quinton de Kock will also be unavailable through the injury he suffered in the ODI series with Janneman Malan set to come into the side having received a first call-up.

PAKISTAN

Captain: Shoaib Malik

  • Pakistan lost just their second T20 match from their last 19 in a closely fought contest in the opening game of the series but will need a quick response if they are to ensure the final match isn’t a dead rubber.

  • The world’s top-ranked T20 team failed to capitalise on a good start to their run chase, making it to 85/1 in their pursuit of 193 but the loss of regular wickets from that point on prevented Pakistan from building any sort of momentum as they fell six runs short.

  • Hussain Talat took advantage of been named in the side as he posted a solid score of 40 and will retain his place whilst Mohammad Amir could earn a recall after several under-par bowling performances in the first match.

THE PREDICTION

South Africa’s good form and dominance over Pakistan in all formats of the game continued as they claimed a narrow victory in the first T20 International. Despite that opening victory, a second consecutive win to claim the series looks difficult to achieve because of the loss of captain Faf du Plessis. The skipper will rest for the two remaining games which is a big blow, especially following the news that fellow big-hitter Quinton de Kock was also ruled out. That can open the door for Pakistan to get back on track and highlight why they are currently the best T20 team in the world.

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