About the Match
South Africa came up with a smashing win against Pakistan in the 1st T20 and now leads 1-0 in the 2-match T20 series after having won the ODI series 4-1. The teams will now play the last match of the tournament on Friday; it needs to be seen if the Proteas will seal another win or Pakistan succeeds to salvage some dignity by leveling the T20 contest here. It will be an interesting match as the in-form South African bowlers look to demolish the opponent’s batting line-up yet again, whereas Pakistan batsmen, who are hungry for some redemption will look to score some big runs before heading back home.
Dale Steyn and Tsotsobe ripped through the Pakistan batting line-up, destructing their top order and claiming 3 wickets by the 2nd over itself. Steyn once again removed the dangerous Mohammad Hafeez and ended up picking 3 crucial wickets, whereas Tsotsobe and Imran Tahir claimed 2 wickets each. The tight bowling unit restricted Pakistan to a lowly 98 runs and made it far too easy for their batsmen to reach the target. Though Hashim Amla fell very early, Quinton and Plessis put up an 83-run partnership and reached the target in the 15th over itself. Overall, the team strategized well and the bowlers executed perfectly to win the match for the team. South Africa is surging ahead with confidence and looks well placed to win the 2nd match too comfortably.
The batsmen failed miserably yet again and couldn’t put up a fight against the South African seamers. While Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez were duck out, Sohaib Maqsood who had batted well in the ODIs, failed to repeat his good performance here. Though Shahid Afridi was promoted up the order, he too got out after scoring just 10 runs. Umar Akmal, coming in at No.6, showed some promise as he played good shots but was careless to lose his wicket to a run-out while on 49. After his departure, the tail-enders could hardly keep their hopes alive and the team was all out for 98 runs; a score that the bowlers struggled and failed to defend, thus losing the match without much of a fight. Except for Sohail Tanvir, who bowled out Amla, the rest of the bowling unit failed to take wickets and were smashed away for easy fours and sixes by the South African batsmen. The players need to rise above their weaknesses and keep a cool head if they want to win this match.
South Africa has been on a roll and seems to be getting better each day; on the other hand the Pakistani players are struggling to score runs and get quick wickets. This is a crucial match for Pakistan if they want to level the T20 series; whereas South Africa, which has exhibited some brilliant performances with bat and ball, is looking confident for another win here. Though Pakistan has the resources to throw a surprise; this match too looks like an easy win for South Africa.
South Africa, 1.57 @ William Hill