Pakistan is all set to take on mighty Proteas as both teams will face each other in the first T20 international today itself. For Pakistan, it’s a tough task to beat the South African side considering the fact that South Africa has the home advantage to back them up.
The rain has stopped and their are no reduction in overs. Full 20 over game. Pakistan won the toss and they are bowling first
Moreover, things become even more difficult for them since they don’t have much to take from the last clash they were involved in. The series, which begins today, i.e. November 20, 2013, includes 2 T20 internationals and 3 ODIs.
Earlier this year, in UAE, Pakistan lost to South Africa in both ODIs; however, the second match could have gone either ways since it was an interesting seesaw game.
If you are in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or in any other country in Asia, catch all the action live on Sports channel Ten Cricket at 9:00 p.m. Pakistan time. See the SA vs Pak 1st T20 live score here.
The series will also be live telecasted by PTV Sports in Pakistan. The live streaming can be watched at the official website of PTV Sports. Watch the match online here.
Pak vs SA 1st ODI live scorecard
Frequent batting collapses and a low morale won’t do much good to the visitors. On the other hand, their South African counterparts look firm and solid in all areas – be it batting, bowling and fielding.
While Dale Steyn and co (includes Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir) is in tremendous form, the likes of Hashim Amla, AB deVilliers, JP Duminy and others promise to put up a decent performance to outclass Pakistan.
Nevertheless, for Pakistan, the trio of Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad are in decent form. If they could regroup their strengths, we are sure to have a competitive series.
With Mohammad Irfan bowing out of the series, the onus for spearheading the bowling attack lies on Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan and Sohail Tanvir. Moreover, we cannot simply sideline the experience of Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi.
The players are as below:
Pakistan: Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali.
South Africa: Henry Davids, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.
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