South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Twenty20, Centurion March 2, 2013

Pakistan look for victory in comfort zone

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Match Facts

March 3, 2013
Start time 1430 local (1230 GMT)

Big Picture

After the first T20 was washed out in Durban, the T20 trophy is up for grabs with just one match to be played. Unlike in the Tests, the gulf between the two teams hardly exists and Pakistan may have an upper hand in this format given their record and a new line-up for the new series.

A win for Pakistan will be a much-needed confidence enhancer after the Test-series whitewash and before the five ODIs which will conclude the tour. They have featured in two finals and two semi-finals in the four T20 World Cups but still need to overcome inconsistency and poor form on the current tour.

Experience in their T20 side and a win percentage of 59% in 66 matches might turn out as the ingredients they need for the winning recipe. With the addition of their limited-overs expert, Shahid Afridi, in the dressing room, Pakistan will be itching to taste success on this tour and give Gary Kirsten a headache before the ODI series, for which they will have a different captain.

Beating Pakistan in this format won't be as easy for South Africa as it was in the three Tests, as they have a new permanent captain, have rested Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, and are without an injured JP Duminy - their highest T20 run-scorer in 2012. Faf du Plessis showed his leadership skills with a 2-1 series win against New Zealand in December, but Pakistan are a different kettle of fish, especially with the bowling attack they possess. South Africa also do not enjoy the supremacy in this format as they do in the Tests, ranked No. 5, only one point ahead of Pakistan.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

South Africa: WLWLL
Pakistan: LWLWL

In the spotlight

Shahid Afridi averages 17.25 in South Africa in T20s with the ball and has 12 wickets from eight matches. The pitches may help his zippy legspin which in turn may help revive Pakistan's and his own fortunes as he has only five wickets in his last seven domestic limited-overs matches. If the Afridi of the World T20 2007 (played in South Africa) plays as the Afridi in 2013 on the same grounds, South Africa may not have answers to his bowling which can turn and sting like vipers.

A 33-year old Henry Davids made his international debut against New Zealand less than three months ago and scored two fifties in three matches and topped the run-scoring charts in the series with 143 runs. The test for him will be tougher and more challenging against the likes of Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan and others who do not like the sight of batsmen scoring runs against them.

Team news

South Africa have left out Richard Levi, which means Davids will have a new opening partner in AB de Villiers. In the absence of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, newbie Kyle Abbott may get a chance in the XI and Chris Morris may get to bat for the first time in T20s.

South Africa: (probable) 1 AB de Villiers (wk), 2 Henry Davids, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 Justin Ontong, 5 David Miller, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Robin Peterson, 9 and 10 Rory Kleinveldt/Kyle Abbott/Ryan McLaren, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

The only change Pakistan have made in their squad from the T20s in India is the inclusion of Wahab Riaz in place of Sohail Tanvir. Riaz was not a part of the Test squad but claims to be fitter now and collected 21 wickets (including a hat-trick) in four first-class matches at an average of 12.90 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Pakistan: (probable) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammed Hafeez (capt), 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Kamran Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammed Irfan

Stats and Trivia

  • Pakistan have won five out of the eight T20s they have played in South Africa, their best record in any country after Canada.
  • Out of the 60 Pakistan wickets in the Tests, 35 were taken by Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander together, but they aren't playing in the T20 series.

Quotes

"The foundations are being laid so that we can try and do something special and emulate the Test side's performances with a new group of players."
South Africa T20 coach Russell Domingo on his not-so-experienced T20 side.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Runnaway on March 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Ohh well .. lose the toss / field and win then !! :)) .. Geeeez !! Yah no grass on the pitch ... that should have prompted the winner of the toss to bat first ... but with the storm on it`s way ....... I do hope for a full and super match !

  • on March 3, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Pakistan should forget past and focus on T20 and ODis series, I think if Pakistan handle the pressure then Pakistan can win T20 match with superb bowling attack

  • on March 3, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    How can you emulate the test side with such a rubbish team? I expect SA to lose this game comfortably, and the 1 dayers. They get used to losing by playing such bad teams.

  • Runnaway on March 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Win the toss ... field and win ! Simple ! :D

  • Cricket_Man on March 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    If Pakistan plays the following lineup then they will win,otherwise it's anybodies game. 1) Jamshed 2) Shehzad 3) Hafeez 4) U.Akmal 5) Malik 6) U.Amin 7) K.Akmal 8) Riaz 9) Ajmal 10) Junaid 11) Irfan. Please go for this lineup. Afridi can't play please. He hasn't done anything in the domestic circuit to justify his comeback. Gul needs to be dropped too. Riaz and Amin should be given a consistent chance because both have had good recent domestic performances.

  • warneneverchuck on March 3, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Afridi can't even survive one over and how few fans r calling him great. I can't understand. If Afridi is great then likes of gayle pollard razzaq r greater

  • Jock182 on March 3, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Totaly agree mate, it wouldn't matter what team that SA put out there today. They play for each other and thier country, unlike Pakistan.

  • Tahir_Anjum on March 3, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    What are you talking about dear?? Win under Mr. PROFESSOR?? You are kidding.. You know that.. and Afridi's days are long gone.. its going to be hid farewell series.. mark my word !!!

  • 78687 on March 3, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    i think sa would win because they play with true spirit and pakistan play for wining only . although iam a pakistani but iam supporting south africa because they are a better team with respect to mind set

  • on March 3, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Pakistan definitely favorite for the T20 but Still the Test Series win will lead a positive impact on SA side. Surely T20 could be a one man game and could go either way in the end.

  • Runnaway on March 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Ohh well .. lose the toss / field and win then !! :)) .. Geeeez !! Yah no grass on the pitch ... that should have prompted the winner of the toss to bat first ... but with the storm on it`s way ....... I do hope for a full and super match !

  • on March 3, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Pakistan should forget past and focus on T20 and ODis series, I think if Pakistan handle the pressure then Pakistan can win T20 match with superb bowling attack

  • on March 3, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    How can you emulate the test side with such a rubbish team? I expect SA to lose this game comfortably, and the 1 dayers. They get used to losing by playing such bad teams.

  • Runnaway on March 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Win the toss ... field and win ! Simple ! :D

  • Cricket_Man on March 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    If Pakistan plays the following lineup then they will win,otherwise it's anybodies game. 1) Jamshed 2) Shehzad 3) Hafeez 4) U.Akmal 5) Malik 6) U.Amin 7) K.Akmal 8) Riaz 9) Ajmal 10) Junaid 11) Irfan. Please go for this lineup. Afridi can't play please. He hasn't done anything in the domestic circuit to justify his comeback. Gul needs to be dropped too. Riaz and Amin should be given a consistent chance because both have had good recent domestic performances.

  • warneneverchuck on March 3, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Afridi can't even survive one over and how few fans r calling him great. I can't understand. If Afridi is great then likes of gayle pollard razzaq r greater

  • Jock182 on March 3, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Totaly agree mate, it wouldn't matter what team that SA put out there today. They play for each other and thier country, unlike Pakistan.

  • Tahir_Anjum on March 3, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    What are you talking about dear?? Win under Mr. PROFESSOR?? You are kidding.. You know that.. and Afridi's days are long gone.. its going to be hid farewell series.. mark my word !!!

  • 78687 on March 3, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    i think sa would win because they play with true spirit and pakistan play for wining only . although iam a pakistani but iam supporting south africa because they are a better team with respect to mind set

  • on March 3, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Pakistan definitely favorite for the T20 but Still the Test Series win will lead a positive impact on SA side. Surely T20 could be a one man game and could go either way in the end.

  • biloo007 on March 3, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    LET me tell you friends,AFRIDI is the only player in cricket family of pakistan who had won matches for pakistan single handedly,,like t20 in england (semi-final and final ) he deserve respect allot ,,love from india

  • on March 3, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    i do not think much...if there are philander and steyn.That will not work.Both are not comfortable with limited over match....They will deliver runs for pakistan forever...

  • on March 3, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has won the man of the match awards for more than 25 times. he has won a T-20 World cup single handed and he was the best bowler in the world cup He is not only the fastest century maker but also has 4 fastest half century. 7000 runs and 350 wickets and by the way he was not bad in test cricket avg. of 37 with 6 centuries.He is unique there will never be another afridi....

  • on March 3, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Bring on the spin. We are no longer hampered by batsmen who are afraid of taking the attack to the spinners. Welcome to the new SA and well done to Hudson and the selectors.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 3, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @Azmul T20 cricket is for kids and getting people interested in to the game. Its a also a great way to get talented youngsters exposure. Ask players, its not a true test of skills, just a hit and giggle. When we lose a T20 game I dont get upset, when we lose a test match im devastated.

    Where is quinton de kock!!!!

  • on March 3, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    i think today pakistan team performing player would be nasir jamshed, umer akmal in batting and afridi and ajmal iin bowling.

  • Travian.Cricket on March 3, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    @Riz000 And why is that so ? What wrong has Hafeez done except failing where everybody failed .

  • kalibra on March 2, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Pak will win this T20 and 3-2 odi series

  • t20cric on March 2, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Pakistan have an upper hand in this match cuz SA's top test wicket takers Steyn and Philander aren't in this match. Also their best batsmen aren't in this match either. I don't think Pakistan have a long tail cuz everyone until Kamran Akmal is a recognized batsman, Afridi can bat on his day so he isn't really a tail ender and Umar Gul along with Umar Akmal saved Pakistan form losing to SA in the T20 wc so Gul might bat well again. I hope Wahab Riaz doesn't get to play and they pick Junaid Khan cuz Junaid has done nothing to deserve being dropped from the team. Hopefully Pakistan win and shift up one rank in the t20 rankings. there is a lot of importance on Afridi's performance with both bat and ball if he bowls well then Ajmal won't have to do all the work himself and if he bats well then he will secure his position on the team and Pak will have a higher chance of winning.

  • Omarrz on March 2, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    "A win for Pakistan will be a much-needed confidence enhancer after the Test-series whitewash and before the three ODIs which will conclude the tour."

    3? there are 5

  • avmd on March 2, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Lets hope Hafeez gets sore throat or some minor illness on match day which keeps him from playing this game, then side will be a balanced one with Jamshed and highly talented Ahmed Shezad to open and Kamran comes at one drop.

  • shovwar on March 2, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    T20 is like Lottery lets c who wins the Lotto. Pakistan vs SA A side which does not really matters because anyone can win a T20 on their day.

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    i dont think in t20 experience or new side matters. it will be 1 off game and matter of 1 day. who ever have good outing will win it.

    Problems for pakistan that their batting isnt consistent. with afridi the bowler in , they will have tail of 5. 3 fast bowlers, afridi, ajmal. Afridi will have to perform with bat to justify .

    hafeez should not open. let Shehzad, jamshed & kamran go at top.

  • sameer_ahmed on March 2, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    5 ODI's conclude the tour and not 3 as mentioned in the article

  • Farrukh.91. on March 2, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    I would again like Pakistan to go with a heavy spin attack as they went in the T20 WC contest b/w these sides, spin has been their strength in the recent days and not going with your strength was the mistake they made in the tests also.

  • Riz000 on March 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    I wish to god Hafeez gets Sacked and fired forever!!!!!!!

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    The only T20 although Pak has the edge in terms of players experience compare to SA players but you cant predict in this short formt of the game.anythign can happens and ofcourse Pak will miss Razzaq...

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Many say there is no comparison between Test and shortest format. I agree, but having said that, it doesn't mean that this format doesn't matter at all. If you win a T20 match, it's still a legitimate victory. Critics of T20 should realize that things change over time. Its T20 era and if Pakistan wins, it will be a great victory. No disregard for test cricket but every format has its own value and should be appreciated.

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  • on March 2, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Many say there is no comparison between Test and shortest format. I agree, but having said that, it doesn't mean that this format doesn't matter at all. If you win a T20 match, it's still a legitimate victory. Critics of T20 should realize that things change over time. Its T20 era and if Pakistan wins, it will be a great victory. No disregard for test cricket but every format has its own value and should be appreciated.

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    The only T20 although Pak has the edge in terms of players experience compare to SA players but you cant predict in this short formt of the game.anythign can happens and ofcourse Pak will miss Razzaq...

  • Riz000 on March 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    I wish to god Hafeez gets Sacked and fired forever!!!!!!!

  • Farrukh.91. on March 2, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    I would again like Pakistan to go with a heavy spin attack as they went in the T20 WC contest b/w these sides, spin has been their strength in the recent days and not going with your strength was the mistake they made in the tests also.

  • sameer_ahmed on March 2, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    5 ODI's conclude the tour and not 3 as mentioned in the article

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    i dont think in t20 experience or new side matters. it will be 1 off game and matter of 1 day. who ever have good outing will win it.

    Problems for pakistan that their batting isnt consistent. with afridi the bowler in , they will have tail of 5. 3 fast bowlers, afridi, ajmal. Afridi will have to perform with bat to justify .

    hafeez should not open. let Shehzad, jamshed & kamran go at top.

  • shovwar on March 2, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    T20 is like Lottery lets c who wins the Lotto. Pakistan vs SA A side which does not really matters because anyone can win a T20 on their day.

  • avmd on March 2, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Lets hope Hafeez gets sore throat or some minor illness on match day which keeps him from playing this game, then side will be a balanced one with Jamshed and highly talented Ahmed Shezad to open and Kamran comes at one drop.

  • Omarrz on March 2, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    "A win for Pakistan will be a much-needed confidence enhancer after the Test-series whitewash and before the three ODIs which will conclude the tour."

    3? there are 5

  • t20cric on March 2, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Pakistan have an upper hand in this match cuz SA's top test wicket takers Steyn and Philander aren't in this match. Also their best batsmen aren't in this match either. I don't think Pakistan have a long tail cuz everyone until Kamran Akmal is a recognized batsman, Afridi can bat on his day so he isn't really a tail ender and Umar Gul along with Umar Akmal saved Pakistan form losing to SA in the T20 wc so Gul might bat well again. I hope Wahab Riaz doesn't get to play and they pick Junaid Khan cuz Junaid has done nothing to deserve being dropped from the team. Hopefully Pakistan win and shift up one rank in the t20 rankings. there is a lot of importance on Afridi's performance with both bat and ball if he bowls well then Ajmal won't have to do all the work himself and if he bats well then he will secure his position on the team and Pak will have a higher chance of winning.