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Pakistan vs South Africa 1st T20 Predictions & Tips - Rizwan and Azam have the class to be the difference
- Pakistan vs South Africa predictions for Thursday’s T20 cricket fixture
- The game takes place in Lahore at 13:00 SAST
- I am tipping Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to hurt South Africa
- Best bets, betting tips and predictions for Pakistan vs South Africa
Pakistan vs South Africa Predictions
South Africa are not a very good T20 side at the moment and head into this series with nine key players unavailable. Pakistan should have no problems winning the match, so the value is in the run scoring markets. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam are backed to do the business for the hosts with the bat.
- Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan scored 89 runs in his last T20 match.
- Pakistan’s Babar Azam averaged 50.93 runs per innings in T20 cricket.
- Pakistan have won 5 of their last 7 T20 matches.
- South Africa’s David Miller scored 57 runs in his last limited overs innings.
- South Africa have lost 5 of their last 7 T20 matches.
Head to Head
South Africa hold an 8-6 advantage over Pakistan in their 14 previous T20 meetings. The sides have never played a T20 match against each other in Pakistan.
Their last clash took place at Centurion in February 2019. Pakistan eased to victory in that match by 27 runs.
Pakistan have tasted success in five of their last seven T20 fixtures, with the last being against New Zealand in December 2020.
That clash took place in Napier where New Zealand batted first and scored 173 runs. Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-20 in his four overs.
Mohammad Rizwan opened the batting for Pakistan and scored a stunning 89 runs off 59 balls, while Mohammad Hafeez added 41 to the total.
Pakistan chased down the 173 runs with two balls to spare to win by four wickets. At full strength, Pakistan are still considered among the top T20 teams in the world.
Pakistan Injuries & Team News
Babar Azam will return to the side after missing the New Zealand series through injury. He should come in for Khushdil Shah in the middle order.
Top run scorer against New Zealand, Mohammad Hafeez has been left out of the Pakistan squad. This is reportedly due to a disagreement over quarantine arrangements.
Other players dropped include Fakhar Zaman and Wahab Riaz while Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim were unavailable for selection.
South Africa Form
South Africa contested just nine T20 matches in 2020, seven of which they lost. They lost their last series 3-0 to England on home soil - a series defeat which still hurts.
In their last match, South Africa batted first and scored a very good 191 runs at Newlands. Faf du Plessis scored 52 runs and Rassie van der Dussen 74 runs.
England’s response was anything but forgiving, chasing down the total with more than two overs to spare and for the loss of just one wicket. George Linde was the pick of the bowlers, going for only 26 runs in his four overs.
South Africa Injuries & Team News
South Africa come into this series with a vastly different squad as most first choice players have returned home.
The visitors will be heavily reliant on players like David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo and captain, Heinrich Klaasen who have plenty international experience.
We could see deubuts for the likes of Nandre Burger, Okuhle Cele, Ryan Rickelton, Jacques Snyman and Glenton Stuurman.
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Babar Azam is a monster in the T20 game with the bat and is backed to top score for Pakistan. The best bet is for Mohammad Rizwan to score over 22.5 runs. South Africa's young side have nothing on paper to write home about, but I'm tipping David Miller to top score for his side.
Best Bet: Rizwan Over 22.5 Runs Over/Under Runs $1.83 at Bookmaker - 3 Units
Best Pakistan Batsman Tip: Babar Azam Best Pakistan Batsman $2.87 at Betstar Australia - 2 Units
Best South Africa Batsman Tip: David Miller Best South Africa Batsman $5.50 at Neds - 1 Unit