An emphatic eight wicket win in the opening game has put South Africa in a strong position heading into the second game of the three-match T20i series against Pakistan in Durban today, where a series win looms large.
A mix of senior and newcomer contributions saw South Africa put in a strong all-round performance to beat Pakistan in the opening game, and the hosts will be looking to keep up the intensity against a determined visiting team.
Marizanne Kapp was in top form in the first game, breaking the back of the batting with the new ball and then contributing useful runs in the chase where Player of the Match, Tazmin Brits scored a valuable half century to steer South Africa to victory.
The game also saw Shabnim Ismail become the first South African woman to reach 100 T20i wickets as she continues to rack up the milestones in her glowing international career.
With a twin focus of the upcoming 50 over World Cup in New Zealand next year and the T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2023, the Momentum Proteas will be focused on following up their impressive ODI series whitewash with another strong series win.
Should victory be secured today, it may also allow the coach an opportunity to try out new combinations in the final match, as he tests squad depth in a crucial period of development for the team.
In the absence of inspirational captain, Dané van Niekerk, and destructive all-rounder, Chloe Tryon, the South Africans have shown the ability to dig deep for victory.
Today’s second T20i starts at 15:30 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport, with ball-by-ball commentary on Radio 2000.
Photo 1 Caption: Momentum Proteas’ Tazmin Brits pictured in the first T20i against Pakistan. Brits scored a valuable half-century to steer South Africa to victory, and won the Player of the Match award at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Friday, 29 January 2021. Photo: CSA