The face-off between Pakistan and South Africa will be the 15th match of ICC Women’s T20 world cup and the 7th match of Group B. It will be the 3rd match for both teams in the tournament. The match will be held on 1st March (9.30 am IST onwards) at the Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney.
Players to watch out for and why
The Pakistani batting side struggles with consistency. Only Javeria Khan has been able to reliably perform in each match so far and would be the one to watch out. Skipper Bismah Maroof offers some support in the batting line-up, but her performance fluctuates. Allrounder Nida Dar is another one to watch out, though she has been more dependable with the bowl than the bat so far. On the bowling front, Aiman Anwer has been the most lethal bowler in the team, plucking 5 wickets in the last 2 matches. In the probable absence of Anam Amin, Pakistani bowling attack would look towards Diana Baig for support.
The South African batting line-up also faces the same issue of consistency. Skipper van Niekerk had been great in the earlier matches but got out cheap in the last match against Thailand. Still, the allrounder skipper is the most dependable player on the South African team. The last match also saw two amazing innings – Lizelle Lee (101) and Sunē Luus (61*). It would be interesting to see if the two could maintain this form against Pakistan. On the bowling side, Shabnam Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka are their two strongest pillars. With the 3-wicket spell in the last match, Luus is also a bowler to watch out.
Who will win and why
When it comes to previous showdowns, things are quite even between Pakistan and South Africa. The two teams have faced each other in 14 matches, with Pak winning six and SA winning eight. In the ICC T20 world cup, Pakistan has never made it beyond the group stage, while South Africa has only made it past once. Even in the ICC T20 rankings, things are quite even – Pakistan ranks 7th, while South Africa ranks 6th.
However, when we look at the current tournament, the picture becomes a bit clearer. Pakistan has won and lost one match each, while SA has won both of its matches. Both the teams have played against England (a very strong contender), where South Africa emerged victorious, while Pakistan faced a terrible defeat.
The two teams most recently met during the 2019 West Indies tour of Pakistan and UAE. The series was tied 1-1, with the third match resulting in a tie. However, statistically, West Indies emerges as a much stronger team. In the 12 matches the two teams played against each other, Pakistan could only manage victory in two (however, three matches ended in a tie).
|Ayabonga Khaka||Bismah Maroofc|
|Chloe Tryon||Muneeba Ali|
|Dane Van Niekerk||Anam Amin|
|Laura Wolvaardt||Aiman Anwer|
|Lizelle Lee||Syeda Aroob Shah|
|Marizanne Kapp||Diana Baig|
|Masabata Klaas||Nida Dar|
|Mignon Du Preez||Sadia Iqbal|
|Nadine De Klerk||Iram Javed|
|Nondumiso Shangase||Javeria Khan|
|Nonkululeko Mlaba||Ayesha Naseem|
|Shabnim Ismail||Sidra Nawaz|
|Sune Luus||Aliya Riaz|
|Trisha Chetty||Fatima Sana|
|Tumi Sekhukhune||Omaima Sohail|
|Batsmen Recent Form||Team||MAT||Runs||Average||SR|
|Dane van Niekerk||SA-W||5||125||25||94.69|
|Bowlers Recent Form||Team||MAT||Wickets||Eco||SR|
|PAK-W||125/5||lost to||127/1||SA-W||23/05/19||Pakistan Women tour of South Africa 2019|
|PAK-W||172/5||lost to||174/6||SA-W||22/05/19||Pakistan Women tour of South Africa 2019|
|PAK-W||139/6||beat||138/3||SA-W||19/05/19||Pakistan Women tour of South Africa 2019|
|PAK-W||128/5||lost to||129/2||SA-W||18/05/19||Pakistan Women tour of South Africa 2019|
|PAK-W||120/3||beat||119/7||SA-W||15/05/19||Pakistan Women tour of South Africa 201|