Pakistan vs South Africa Match Preview
The double header in Colombo in Friday will feature all of the teams in Group 2 of ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights. First up will be Pakistan taking on South Africa in the day match at the Premadasa.
Captaining SA against Pakistan in World T20
It was not a very simple ride for Pakistan in their progression to Super Eights. They won both their matches but not before being thoroughly put to test by their rivals. New Zealand stayed in hunt for the tall run chase while Bangladesh strongly fancied their chances of inflicting an upset.
South Africa on the other hand had a smooth sailing in comparison with a big win over Zimbabwe followed by a clinical performance against Sri Lanka in the rain-shortened game.
In terms of the team composition, Pakistan played an unchanged side in both the matches though question marks hover a few selections. But changes are not likely for the crucial match and they would instead be focused on rectifying their mistakes, specially in the field.
Sohail Tanvir dropped a simple catch while others were also lacking in the field. The batsmen also capitalized on the weak efforts of their opposing fielders but South Africa are a different side.
South Africa are yet again moving forward with the favorites tag on them and would be wary of averting the chokers tag.
The balance of the team is likely to be discussed ahead of the match with Faf du Plessis likely to be dropped having been included against Sri Lanka only due to the reduced overs in the match. The Colombo wicket is likely to turn, making strong the case of playing two spinners.
Pakistan will look to draw inspiration from the fact that their wins against South Africa in both the previous editions of World T20 knocked South Africa out. The match starts at 3.30pm local time.