T20 World Cup: Pakistan vs South Africa- Updates and Predictions

Pakistan will be locking horns against South Africa on Thursday. Check out the details of their previous encounters, performance records and speculations

Yet another major battle is all set to unfold on 3rd November at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the T20 World Cup. However, the encounter will be taking place between Pakistan and South Africa.

Team of Pakistan in T20 World Cup

The overall performance of Pakistan failed to satisfy their supporters, as they lost two matches of the tournament initially. However, they successfully defeated Netherlands in the previous face-off, thereby registering the first victory of the tournament. As per reports, the performance of their bowling unit was quiet and they somehow managed to destroy the batting options of Netherlands. Out of the bowlers, Shadab Khan showed up as the highest wicket-taker who picked three wickets in four overs against 22 runs.  Mohammad Wasim Jr was the other bowler who picked up two wickets in three overs, being charged with 15 runs. Along with them, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf managed to pick one wicket each.

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However, the performance of their batting options was not that impressive. Most of their excellent batsmen like Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan failed to register enough runs for their team. But among them, Fakhar Zaman was successful in scoring around 20 runs out of 16 deliveries, with a strike rate of just above 125. Shan Masood as well scored 12 runs. 

Pakistan Playing XI

Mohammad Rizwan (Wicketkeeper), Babar Azam (Captain of the team), Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah.

Team of South Africa in T20 World Cup

On the other hand, the performance of South Africa has been extremely well and impressive by far in the tournament. Though their first face-off against Zimbabwe was interrupted by rain, in their next match they successfully defeated the Bangladesh team. And recently, they registered an excellent victory against the team of India. As per reports, their bowling options presented their fantastic potential and managed to leak 133 runs in 20 overs, against the strong batsmen of India. 

On the contrary, the batting unit of South Africa couldn’t make a good start at the initial overs, but later on the players successfully managed to chase the target of 134 runs in 19.4 overs. Among their batting unit, David Miller was the most successful one, who scored 59 runs while facing 46 balls, and were successful in smashing four boundaries and three huge sixes. Along with him, Aiden Markram also performed well and scored around 52 runs on 41 balls. And the current captain, Temba Bavuma scored 10 runs. 

South Africa Playing XI

Quinton de Kock (Wicketkeeper), Temba Bavuma (Captain of the team), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje.

Predicted Speculations

Based on match history, the Pakistan team played 21 matches against South Africa. Out of those 21 matches, the Pakistan team won 11 matches, whereas South Africa managed to win 10 matches.

Going by the number of victories of previous face-offs, Pakistan is likely expected to win the upcoming match. On the other hand, South Africa is equally expected to set an exciting competition to their competitors. The Proteas are as well expected to retain their recent form and showcase excellent progress in the upcoming battle. 

Right now, it can be witnessed that the team of Pakistan comprises nice bowling options, but their main struggle is with the batting unit. Also, the South Africa team is made up of excellent bowling options. Hence, the match will be quite interesting as the batters of Pakistan will be facing off the strong bowling unit of South Africa.