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South Africa set 189-run target for Pakistan

Pakistan´s Mohammad Rizwan (R) catches a ball as South Africa´s Pite van Biljon (L) runs between the wickets during the first Twenty20 international cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg on April 10, 2021. — AFP

South Africa on Saturday set a 189-run target for Pakistan in the first fixture of the four-match T20I series, as the Men In Green seek to keep their momentum from the ODI series going.

South Africa dominated the middle overs but slowed down in the end to finish with 188-6 – a total that is smaller than they were on course to amass when Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen were in full flow.

Most of Pakistan bowlers struggled and went for runs, except Nawaz and Hasan, both of whom picked up two wickets each and were economical.

With top players already leaving the side for Indian Premier League (IPL), South Africa is also hit by injuries.

A day before the first T20I in Johannesburg, South Africa’s white-ball captain Temba Bavuma was ruled out of the series after suffering a Grade One hamstring strain. In his absence, Heinrich Klaasen will lead the Proteas.

Dwaine Pretorius and Rassie van der Dussen will also miss the series due to fitness issues while Reeza Hendricks withdrew from the series for family reasons.

Squads:

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Usman Qadir.

South Africa: Heinrich Klaasen (captain, wicketkeeper), Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Wiaan Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne, Pite van Biljon, Daryn Dupavillon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams and Wihan Lubbe

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