Pakistan eye consolation win in the final T20I against SA

Pakistan eye consolation win in the final T20I against SA

Pakistan lost the first two T20I against South Africa by 6 and 7 runs respectively after thrilling contests, however, they will look to end the tough tour on a high.

The top-ranked T20I side failed to finish the first two games of the series, resulting in an assailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series against Proteas. With the series defeat, Pakistan’s glorious unbeaten run in the last 11 T20I series finally came to an end.

However, winning the third 20-over game against South Africa can reinstate confidence in the team. There have been some brilliant individual performances from Pakistani players, but they could not translate them into match-winning ones.

Babar Azam has been phenomenal in the series with 38 and 90 runs respectively in the first two games. On the other hand, Hussain Talat also scored 40 and 55 runs in the two matches, but due to his sloppy batting in the middle overs, he was heavily criticized by the fans and experts.

In the bowling department, Imad Wasim has been the star performer, giving 23 runs in the first game, while conceding just 9 runs in the second T20I. Pakistan’s emerging pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi was impressive in the second match with figures of 27/1 in four overs.

Pakistan will need their middle-order to fire. Asif Ali has been a complete disappointment in the series so far with a total of 15 runs. Whereas, the skipper Shoaib Malik is coming to bat too late in the game.

The Men in Green are dearly missing their veteran all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez, who can bowl some handy overs and can be a destructive batsman for his team in the middle overs, where they are struggling.

In contrast, almost all the South African batsmen are looking in fine touch. Reeza Hendricks and Faf du Plessis played incredible innings in the first match. Whereas,  Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller have played flamboyant knocks in the second match to dent Pakistan.

Whereas, Andile Phehlukwayo has been effective with the ball for the hosts in the Twenty20 games so far. He has taken some crucial wickets and crunch times, which have hurt Pakistan’s pursuit of the target.

Pakistan have not been poor during the series, though their bowling performance has been ordinary, but they have fought well. The visitors just need to execute their plan a bit better and provide the finishing touches appropriately to win the dead rubber contest.