About the Match
After making a clean sweep of the ODI and T20 series at Dubai against Pakistan, South Africa clinched a win in the first T20 of the series against them, this time at home. Both teams now face each other in the 2nd and final T20 of the series on Friday before proceeding to the 3-match ODI series. The Proteas won the first T20 by 4 runs by D/L method in a reduced match due to rain, after they made a strong display of their batting prowess and putting up a target aof 153 runs in the first innings. Pakistan’s target was reduced to 65 runs in 9.1 overs, but they fell short by 4 runs.
The openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla blasted away 69 runs in the first 7 overs and put up a solid opening stand of 72 runs before Amla was bowled out by Hafeez and Quinton too fell soon after. Captain Plessis fought hard as he made run-a-ball 22 runs along with the other middle order batsmen like David Miller and Duminy and the team reached a decent total of 153 runs. Tsotsobe, who had a good run in the recently concluded series at Dubai, took a quick wicket of Ahmed Shehzad in the 3rd over and Duminy struck in the 8th over to send the Pakistani openers packing. The bowlers did well to restrict the opponents from reaching the shortened target of 65 runs in 9.1 overs and won the match for the team by 4 runs. Though it was a narrow win for the home team, the players are in very good form to put up a tough battle in the coming matches.
The bowlers struggled to adapt to the South African conditions and even experienced players like Sohail Tanvir, who has good exposure here, couldn’t find success in taking wickets. Anwar Ali and Junaid Khan also gave away too many runs due to poor bowling; though Junaid did take 2 wickets along with Mohammad Hafeez, who also struck with 2 wickets to remove the dangerous looking Amla and Quinton. Debutant Bilawal Bhatti had a nervous start but soon got his first international wicket with the dismissal of Duminy and Shahid Afridi came in handy in the 11th over when he bowled out Henry Davids. The bowlers did well to restrict South Africa to 153; however rains played spoilsport and the batsmen failed to step up and get quick runs, as required due to the revised target. It was heart-breaking for the players to lose by a narrow margin of 4 runs; but they have been working hard to make a comeback here after a dismal series against SA a few weeks earlier.
South Africa is charged up after their first victory at home yesterday and Pakistan is looking to fight back hard into the series. If the bowlers can quickly adapt to the conditions, Pakistan can be a tough side; however, South Africa with the home advantage and with some brilliant performances to back them up is looking better placed to win the 2nd match too.
South Africa, 1.44 @ William Hill
Pakistan’s biggest problem over the years has been their opening combination. Their openers have failed to score collectively in any form of Cricket. On the other hand, South African openers look well settled with de Kock and Amla in supreme touch. Considering the above fact, I think following bets can be profitable.
Highest Opening Partnership:
South Africa, 1.73 @ William Hill
Team to make Highest Total in First 6 Overs:
South Africa, 1.72 @ William Hill