Pakistan take on South Africa in first T20I tomorrow

 Pakistan take on South Africa in first T20I tomorrow

In a T20 series of 4 matches, Pakistan will play their first match against South Africa at Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.

Pakistan will be hoping to carry forward their winning momentum from the ODI series and will be hoping to secure win the T20I series as well.

Talking to media in a virtual press conference ahead of the four-match T20 series, the coach Misbah said even 200-run target on a normal track is reachable in today’s cricket.

“The game has changed altogether these days,” Misbah said. “If you are playing T20 on a normal wicket, then you need to score at least 200. In some cases, even 200-run target is not safe. There is no survival if you score less than 200 on a good track in T20s.

The former cricketer termed the ODI series win a big boost to Babar Azam’s captaincy. “Babar has got the required confidence level with the series win,” Misbah said. “I am really excited and hopeful that the win would go a long way. Babar is consistently leading the team from the front.

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Squads:

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan and Usman Qadir.

South Africa: Heinrich Klaasen (captain, wicketkeeper), Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Wiaan Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne, Pite van Biljon, Daryn Dupavillon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams and Wihan Lubbe

Series schedule:

April 10 — 1st T20I; Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

April 12 — 2nd T20I; Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

April 14 — 3rd T20I; SuperSport Park, Pretoria

April 16 — 4th T20I; SuperSport Park, Pretoria

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