About the Match
Pakistan leveled the T20 series 1-1 with hosts, South Africa, by defeating them by 6 runs in the second T20 match here on Friday. The two teams now face-off in the 3-match ODI series starting on November 24th. Pakistan batsmen did well to make a comeback and end their losing streak with their first win in six matches against South Africa. Both sides look equally matched for the ODI series and it will be interesting to see which team puts its best foot forward and emerges victorious here.
The seamers weren’t able to control the Paksitani batsmen and gave away too many runs in the 2nd T20 match; Parnell dismissed Ahmed Shehzad and Phangiso took the wicket of Nasir Jamshed soon after, however the bowlers weren’t able to break the partnership of Hafeez and Akmal. Dale Steyn picked up the wickets of both these batsmen later on but the duo had put up a solid partnership by then. Faced with a target of 177 runs, the South African batsmen started the chase well with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock putting up a good opening stand of 58 runs. However, the Pakistani spinners proved to be too much for the middle order batsmen; Duminy and Miller took charge and went on to score the big runs with 34 runs coming off of 2 overs at the end but fell short of the target by 6 runs. The home team has seen a string of successes in recent matches barring this loss and will definitely try to come on top in the ODI series.
Hafeez and Akmal were on top of their game yesterday as they built the foundation for a win in the 2nd T20 match by putting up a strong partnership of 102 runs; Akmal scored 64 runs from 37 deliveries whereas Hafeez posted 63 runs off 41 balls. The duo put a good performance and kept the scoreboard ticking as they took the total to 176, which the team was able to defend due to some magnificent bowling by Shahid Afridi who with his 3-28 destroyed the South African top order along with Saeed Ajmal, who got the important wicket of Amla. Bilawal Bhatti was superb with his bowling and choked the opponents by restricting the run flow and Sohail Tanvir’s disciplined bowling made it impossible for South Africa to reach the target. The team has shown tremendous improvement with this win and would be eager to continue with the momentum in the ODI series as well.
Pakistan bowlers have adjusted well to the conditions here and if they keep up with their tight bowling, this unit can come up with more winning performances. South Africa has been consistent with the bat and ball and will look forward to make use of the home advantage to win in the upcoming matches. Though the game could go either way, the home team looks better placed to win this match.
South Africa, 1.44 @ William Hill
The worries of solid opening stand continue to haunt Pakistan as they once again failed to put up substantial score without any loss of wicket. On the contrary, South African opening pair looks impressive as both de Kock and Amla have scored fluently in last few games. Their openers are looking in good touch and I think that they’ll get off to a better start and have better opening partnership than Pakistan’s openers.
Highest Opening Partnership:
South Africa, 1.67 @ William Hill