South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Cape Town November 21, 2013

Pakistan seek to get out of T20 rut


Match facts

Friday, November 22, 2013
Start time 1800 local (1600GMT)

Big Picture

Before the Twenty20 matches in the UAE started, Pakistan had won their previous five matches and South Africa's recent record in the shortest format was patchy. Take a look at the form guide below and you will see how that has changed over the last 10 days.

Pakistan are now on a losing streak that Mohammad Hafeez lamented they can't seem to break because "the luck is just not with us". Fortune abandoned the team - and Wednesday night's rain was another example of it - just as consistency has attached itself to South Africa.

Faf du Plessis' men seem to have made much-needed strides in a format they were guilty of treating a little too lightly in the past. With role definition evident in the batting line-up and all their frontline bowlers firing, all they would want from their last T20 of the year is to continue on the path they are on now.

Pakistan will play Sri Lanka in this format later in the year but they would still value an opportunity to get one over South Africa, especially because they have been under the pump for most of the past month. They showed signs of being able to match the opposition toe to toe in Johannesburg and will hope to pick that up in Cape Town, before the ODI series starts.

Form guide

(Last five completed games, most recent first)
Pakistan LLLWW
South Africa WWWLW

In the spotlight

The Cape Town crowd have been denied any international action over December because India's tour will be played on the Highveld and in Durban only, and this is their consolation prize. Tickets have been selling well for the series as a whole - the Wanderers had sold 20,000 tickets for the first T20 although rain meant not all those people turned up - and the crowds are expected to hit a crescendo this weekend. The Cape Town faithful can look forward to a T20 on Friday and an ODI on Sunday. They're not invited but they may also be interested to know that on Saturday, South Africa's T20 captain, Faf du Plessis, will marry Imari Visser at a wine farm in their city.

Team news

Henry Davids has been released from the squad to play first-class cricket for his franchise which means South Africa have settled on Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to open. AB de Villiers may come back from being rested in the previous match while David Miller or Wayne Parnell could make way for David Wiese, the allrounder who has not played so far. If Ryan McLaren returns, South Arica could have five seamers at their disposal and will have to make a choice between Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso for the spinners' role.

South Africa: (likely)1 Hashim Amla 2 Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy 6 David Miller/David Wiese/Wayne Parnell, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe 11 Imran Tahir/Aaron Phangiso

Leaving Saeed Ajmal out because of conditions would have left Pakistan wondering what could have been after their spinners controlled the South African innings. They will likely bring him back at the expense of Anwar Ali, who struggled to get a measure of how to bowl on South African surfaces.

Pakistan: (likely) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Sohaib Maqsood 5 Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Bilawal Bhatti, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan

Stats and trivia

  • Apart from the 2007 World T20, Newlands has only hosted one other international T20, played between Australia and South Africa in the 2011-12 season. Pakistan played two matches at the ground in the inaugural T20 event and won both, beating Bangladesh and New Zealand


    "It was one of those MS Dhoni moments when I just went with my gut. But JP has still got a lot more bowling to do and we can use him a lot more."
    Faf du Plessis says JP Duminy, whom he had brought on to snaffle a wicket at the Wanderers, has a lot to offer South Africa with ball in hand

    "It's always a match between him and me, so I am ready for the challenge. We've competitive in the field and good friends off it."
    Dale Steyn did not get the better of Mohammad Hafeez in Johannesburg, and the Pakistan captain looks forward to resuming the rivalry in Cape Town

    Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Asim on November 22, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    @bmz20. You wish have come true ans Sethi have made Misbah captain till WC2015 so enjoy his tuktuk. He told this on a news channel yesterday.

  • ESPN on November 22, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Winning is not evrythng but learng frm mistakes will definately somethng special for PAK

  • chinthaka on November 22, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    whom do you think top scorer for Pakistan, is it haffez,shezad, or musqood,hope Pakistan will rock today,pls give us full twenty over match

  • babar on November 22, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @imranmujtaba, Hafeez is no more required in any format of Pakistan cricket. We need to focus on all new players, with a seasoned captain like Misbah. Just as Alan Border built up a new team in mid 80's, which ultimately became unbeatables, three time world champs.

  • B on November 22, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Forget the match already! It should have been abandonded - there is only so much you can learn from it because of its shortness. Pak played to play the FULL match, not according to the weather report. If there is a lesson to be learned it must have been learned and thats that. Lets look at our batting and fielding - consistent issues.

    I was against this series because they played each other so much but SA is a lot like us, we pick their batsmen out (even Amla) over and over again. Yesterday we restricted them really really well. If SA want silverware they have to look at weaknesses and critisize severaly, same goes for Pak. Steyn is good, but dismissing Paks current crop of players isnt that special, certainly no merit in bowling Hafeez if Afridi. That goes for Tsotobe and the rest. Pak loses a lot because of internal problems, I wouldnt say SA is so much better as it looks right now. Pak just need a few wins in order to get back. But I also want some to fail to see change from PCB

  • ishrat on November 22, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    why is sohail and umar amin still there.they need to be shown the door,but in Pakistan team you r picked not on performance but who you know and the proof is in the pudding.

  • IMRAN on November 22, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Hafeez is developing well as captain... Made very brave decisions in last 3 t20s, didn't go work but good to see he is thinking outside the box. - just he need to pick up his batting and Pak may have future leader. Hopefully, he will then we can get rid of Misbah from ODI.

  • MIRZA FAISAL on November 22, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    No one Knows Pak can beat every team. Cap town will break the dark shakles.

  • usman on November 22, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    when you have an incompetent leader,the whole team becomes incompetent....For t20 standards,if ur top order batsmen score at a strike rate of below 100,you can never win,because these batsmen are not good enough to cover up that slow batting with aggressive hitting in the middle once they are set...

  • Muhammad on November 22, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Ajmal and Cape Town bring good memories of second test match played here earlier this year. I hope he performs this time too.

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