What: South Africa vs. Pakistan, 2nd T20
Where: Newlands, Cape Town
When: Friday, Nov. 21, 16:00 GMT
Live Stream/TV info: SuperSport 2
Weather: Bright and sunny weather forecast in Cape Town, according to Accuweather. No threat of rain either.
South Africa, according to JP Duminy, "got away with murder" in their first T20 game against Pakistan.
That's what the all-rounder said at South Africa's pre-match press conference, attended by Bleacher Report on Thursday.
South Africa won their first T20 by four runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain interrupted play towards the end of the game on Wednesday.
After being put in to bat by Pakistan, South Africa made a solid start through Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, who put on 72 runs at the top of the order. They lost their way later on, though, losing four wickets for 47 runs and managing a lowly total of just 153.
Duminy admitted that it was a "disappointing" total, but said that South Africa will "take it" because they've been on the wrong side of the D/L result quite a few times.
They have a chance to sweep the series 2-0 at Newlands on Friday, but to do that, their batting will need to improve. It's not been their strongest suit lately. There is solace in Pakistan's injury troubles, though. With no Mohammad Irfan or Shoaib Malik, the visitors have to rely on an inexperienced group of players to pull through.
The Proteas have won six games on the trot against Pakistan in the two shortest formats of the game and will be clear favourites going into the match. South Africa's batsmen, though, might want to practice their chasing game—they've done so just once in those six games and only needed 99 to win.
If South Africa are intent on ironing out kinks before the World T20 begins in Bangladesh next year, their chasing game will need to improve. For many, T20s might seem meaningless. For teams preparing for a global showpiece, it's a fertile breeding ground.
David Miller hasn't quite hit form internationally in the T20 format just yet, but on a flattish Cape Town pitch, he should be able to carve out some runs. He has the ability to play as a finisher and a more settled innings, but in this format, Miller needs to go all out in wham, bam, thank you ma'am fashion.
Mohammad Hafeez might not have a great relationship with Dale Steyn when the Pakistan skipper has the bat in hand, but he put in a crafty performance with the ball in the first T20 and took two for 25. Cape Town early season pitches have got a bit more turn, so Hafeez should cash in nicely.
Faf du Plessis (capt.), Hashim Amla, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Wiese, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez (capt.), Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanveer, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti.