After an exciting ODI series, it is time for the T20 leg to take its course as South Africa is set to play Pakistan in a 4-game series. The 1st T20 will be played on 10th April in the Wanderers stadium with curtains to this exciting series on April 16th.
Even though the Proteas aren’t playing with full-contingency owing to IPL, they are a tough nut to crack at home. On the other hand, Pakistan have put up a spirited performance in the ODIs and are looking to remain competitive in the shortest format as well. It will be interesting to see two sides going against each other with the hosts holding the aces.
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20I Dream11 Predictions: Team Recommendation
After analyzing the performance of each player in the recent past, it would be ideal to have an eleven with 2 WKs, 3 Batsmen, 3 All-rounder and 3 bowlers.
Wicket-Keeper: Heinrich Klaasen and Mohammad Rizwan.
Batsmen: Reeza Hendricks, Babar Azam and Asif Ali.
All-rounders: Usman Qadir, Faheem Ashraf and George Linde.
Bowlers: Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi and Shaheen Afridi.
SA vs PAK 1st T20I Dream 11 predictions: Wicket-keepers
Heinrich Klaasen is the first-choice keeper who has a big responsibility with De Kock playing for MI in the IPL. He has a decent strike rate of 150 and is a good candidate with the gloves.
The youngster Kyle Verreynne has done a decent job in various T20 leagues and might be given a go in the eleven.
Petrus Van Biljon hasn’t fired in the limited opportunities and would be looking to kick start his international career once again.
For Pakistan, it will be a toss-up between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan as to who dons the gloves. Mohammad Rizwan has done a great job with the bat that will give him the edge for the wicket-keeper spot. He has an average of 31.88 and a strike rate of 120.57 in 29 games.
On the other hand, Sarfaraz Ahmed hasn’t been able break into the eleven with his counterpart doing a great job so far. The former skipper is longing for a chance to cement his spot in the eleven.
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20I Dream11 Predictions: Batsmen
Temba Bavuma has huge shoes to fill with the captaincy on his back. He has a strike rate of 133.16 and an average of 35.57 in 8 games so far.
Rassie van Der Dussen has been South Africa’s best batsman in the last few years with the youngster adapting effectively across formats. He has an average of 38.71 and a strike rate of 136.52 in T20s.
Reeza Hendricks is a handy player for the side who has scored 734 runs in 28 appearances at 120 strike-rate providing 35 points in every game.
Janneman Malan has come through the ranks who would be longing to cement his spot in the shortest format. He has the shots and the ability to go big in T20s.
Babar Azam will be leading the pack with the willow who might just be the difference between two teams. He has amassed 1730 runs at an impressive average of 48.06 and a strike rate of 130.27.
Haider Ali is yet another important candidate for the side who has shown glimpses of his class in the 10 games he has been part of.
Sharjeel Khan is back to the squad after a gap of nearly 5 years. He has scored at an average of 24 at an impressive strike rate of 137.40. Asif Ali is a quality player but his inconsistency has been a slight concern for the side.
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20I Dream11 Predictions: All-rounders
George Linde has just played the three T20s where he scored 41 runs and has taken 2 wickets for the side. He is a bundle of talent and the team is looking forward to exploit it in the coming days.
Dwaine Pretorius has a superior strike rate of 165.63 and has taken 13 scalps with his medium fast bowling. This got converted to 30 points in every outing so far. Lizaad Williams is predominantly a bowling all-rounder who has 47 wickets in his T20 career and has slogging abilities.
Migael Pretorius is a right-arm medium pacer who is looking to make his way into the eleven with the variations he possesses. Sisanda Magala is a clutch bowler with the experience he carries. He nails the yorkers extremely well and is a beast in domestic format.
Faheem Ashraf has been a handy all-rounder in this eleven. He takes wickets constantly with his medium pace bowling and can slog very well coming down the order. The Pakistan player has a strike rate of 132.92 with the bat and has taken 30 wickets in 35 outings.
Mohammed Hafeez is also an important player who has a strike rate of 121.5 and is someone who can bowl off-spin, looking to play his 100th T20I.
Mohammad Nawaz is more of a bowling all-rounder who has done a great job with the ball but has to make amends with the bat.
Usman Qadir is a similar player who has taken 12 wickets in just the 22 overs he has bowled becoming an X-factor.
Danish Aziz can also prove to be an effective customer with all-round ability. The youngster bowls medium pace occasionally along with his batting skills.
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20I Dream11 Predictions: Bowlers
Tabraiz Shamsi has so far grabbed 27 wickets at an economy of 7.39 in 28 games and brings in that mystery element with his left arm unorthodox action that has enabled him to provide 25 dream 11 points in every game in his career.
The young prodigy Lutho Sipamla needs to get his lines and lengths sorted if he has to remain in the eleven. He is a far better bowler than his economy of 9.70.
Bjorn Fortuin should provide proper support to Shamsi as he compliments with orthodox spin bowling. He has accounted for 5 dismissals in 6 games at an economy of 7.94.
Beuran Hendricks is a specialist T20 bowler who strikes every 15th ball and is known for his variations in the fag end. He has taken 20 wickets in his T20 career.
Shaheen Afridi is an important asset in the bowling department who is effective in all stages of the T20. He has accounted to 24 scalps in 21 games for the side so far at a strike rate of 19.54, underlining the role in this side.
Haris Rauf has been one of the best pacers with his talent and skills in the shortest format. He has silenced his critics with a string of good performances in the recent series.
Mohammad Hasnain is an effective customer with the new ball and with variations in the backend. He is very economical and has given 18 points per game on an average owing to 7 wickets in 10 outings.
Hasan Ali is effective with his variations but has to control the run flow in the death. He has accounted for 37 wickets in 31 T20s at an economy of 8.43.
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20I Dream11 Predictions: Where to watch?
The exciting T20 series between South Africa and Pakistan will be live streamed on PTV Sports for the Pakistani fans and on SuperSport network in Africa.
Other broadcasters include Sky Network for UK and New Zealand, and Flow Sports in Caribbean countries. The Star Network in association with Hotstar has acquired rights to stream in India.