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The South African half of the four-match Twenty20 home and away series between these two teams has arrived but the promise it could have been accompanied with, has not.
Pakistan were outplayed in the UAE, in both matches, although the result of the second’s suggested it was much closer than it really was.
Batting collapses at the top and tail of their innings have left Pakistan with plenty of repair work to do. They spent two days after their arrival in South Africa training at the Wanderers but decided to take the day before the match off.
Still, they’ve had more preparation time than South Africa, who only regrouped on Tuesday.
South Africa could afford to take the extra day off. They don’t have many areas of concern with a batting order that is settling into its roles and bowlers firing even in conditions that are unfamiliar to them.
Their main conundrum ahead of the match has been caused by a case of too much choice and they will have to decide who to leave out.
Pakistan: (likely) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Sohaib Maqsood 5 Asad Shafiq/Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Bilawal Bhatti/Anwar Ali
South Africa: (likely) 1 Henry Davids/Hashim Amla 2 Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell/Morne Morkel, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe 11 Imran Tahir/Aaron Phangiso