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South Africa is all set to take on Pakistan in the first match of the four-match T20I series at the Wanderers Stadium in Sandton on 10th April.

The match between the two is scheduled to start at 06:00 PM IST. Sony Network will broadcast the series in India, and it can also be streamed live via the SonyLiv app.

Preview: Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st T20I

After having some enthralling clashes in the 50-over format, South Africa is all set to take on Pakistan on Saturday.

For the upcoming T20I series, South Africa has named a 17-member squad comprising the likes of Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, and Rassie van der Dussen. The likes of Wihan Lubbe and George Linde make up for their all-rounder’s unit, with Beuran Hendricks and Lizard Williams comprising their fast-bowling department. Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin will lead the spin department for the hosts. Temba Bavuma is handling the captaincy duty for the hosts.

Speaking of Pakistan, they’ve also named a 17-player squad for the 20-over format, which includes Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, and Mohammad Wasim. Pakistan has a great batting lineup in the form of Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan, with the likes of Mohammed Hafeez and Mohammad Nawaz handling their all-rounder’s department. Besides, Pakistan has Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, and Shaheen Afridi in its all-rounder department. Babar Azam will be leading the Pakistan squad in the upcoming T20I series.

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Pitch Report

A decent pitch to bat on, power hitters will likely get assistance in the next T20I at the venue here. Of the 23 games played so far, the team batting first has won 12 games here. So, the toss-winning team will likely be opting to bat first.

Weather Report

The skies will be clear at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. The temperature will be looming around the 26 degrees Celsius mark during the gameplay.

Average First Innings Score

The average first innings score at the venue here is 170.

Pakistan vs South Africa Probable XI

Pakistan Probable XI

Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir

Pakistan Complete Squad

Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheed Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal, Usman Qadir

South Africa Probable XI

Jaaneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, George Linde, Wihab Lubbe, Henirich Klassen, Pite Van Bijlon, Lizaad Williams, Migael Pretorious, Sisanda Magala, Tabraiz Shasmi

South Africa Complete Squad

Temba Bavuma (C) Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Pite van Biljon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Wihan Lubbe

  • Wicketkeeper: Henirich Klassen
  • Batsmen: Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, Asif Ali, Babar Azam
  • All-rounders: George Linde, Faheem Ashraf
  • Bowlers: Lizaad Sipmala, Sisanda Magala, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir  

Man of the Match Prediction

Temba Bavuma is the likely prospect for the man of the match title in the next game.

Winner Prediction

South Africa and Pakistan have met in 17 T20I games so far, of which South Africa has won 9 games and Pakistan has 8 victories to their name. In the previous T20I series between the two, Pakistan dominated the series by 2-1 on home soil. Considering these stats and the fact that the upcoming T20I will be played in Sandton, South Africa will likely have an advantage in the next game.

Our Prediction

  • Who will win the toss? Pakistan
  • Who will win? South Africa
  • Top Batsman (Runs scored): Temba Bavuma
  • Top Bowler (Wickets taken): Shaheen Afridi
  • Most Sixes: Rassie van der Dussen
  • Man of the Match: Temba Bavuma
  • Team Scores Batting first: Under 170 South Africa
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