South Africa dealt the hosts a reality check when Dwaine Pretorius' five-wicket haul helped the visitors level the series on Saturday. Courtesy of the six-wicket win powered by sizeable contributions from Reeza Hendricks and Pite van Biljon, the Proteas will enter the series-decider with momentum on their side.
However, they will need to be wary of Babar Azam and co, who are eyeing a historic series win in Lahore. A couple of changes are expected in the Pakistan team, although their team composition is unlikely to be altered significantly.
Pakistan enter this game as the clear favourites, although South Africa have shown that they can beat the hosts in their own backyard. With the series on the line, another cracking game beckons at the Gaddafi Stadium between two of the best cricketing nations in the world,
Squads to choose from:
Babar Azam (c), Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar, Zahid Mehmood.
Heinrich Klaasen (c), Nandre Burger, Okuhle Cele, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, George Linde, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Ryan Rickleton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Jacques Snyman, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon.
Predicted Playing 11s
Babar Azam (C), Haider Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali/Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Faheem Ashraf and Usman Qadir.
Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Pite van Biljon, Heinrich Klaasen (C&WK), David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Glenton Stuurman and Lutho Sipamla.
Match: Pakistan vs South Africa, 3rd T20I.
Date: 14th February 2021, at 6:30 PM IST.
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
The pitch is slightly on the slower side, but there should be some swing on offer for the pacers. The batsmen will look to bide their time in the middle before going big, a ploy that could either way, though.
The spinners could have a big say in the proceedings, as this will be the second game in as many days at the venue. Both teams will look to bat first after winning the toss, with 150-160 runs likely to be a par-score.
Pakistan vs South Africa Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: H Klaasen, J Malan, D Miller, H Ali, B Azam, D Pretorius, A Phehlukwayo, F Ashraf, U Qadir, T Shamsi and H Rauf.
Captain: Babar Azam. Vice-Captain: Andile Phehlukwayo.
Fantasy Suggestion #2: H Klaasen, J Malan, P van Biljon, M Rizwan, B Azam, D Pretorius, A Phehlukwayo, F Ashraf, U Qadir, T Shamsi and H Rauf.
Captain: Babar Azam, Vice-Captain: Janneman Malan,