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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 2021

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Visitors in with a chance to secure series

Pakistan have won the toss once more and will bowl first in the second ODI with one eye on a series win. Both teams are unchanged.

“We have an opportunity to rectify the mistakes we made in the first ODI and put some of the things we did wrong right,” said South Africa captain Temba Bavuma.

The game marks CSA’s initiative to raise awareness for breast cancer, with South Africa wearing pink kits.

Pakistan: 1 Imam ul Haq 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Babar Azam (capt) 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 5 Danish Aziz 6 Asif Ali 7 Shadab Khan 8 Faheem Ashraf 9 Shaheen Afridi 8. Mohammad Hasnain 11 Haris Rauf

South Africa: 1 Aiden Markram 2 Quinton de Kock 3 Temba Bavuma (capt) 4 Rassie van der Dussen 5 David Miller 6 Heinrich Klaasen (wk) 7 Andile Phehlukwayo 8 Kagiso Rabada 9 Anrich Nortje 10 Lungi Ngidi 11 Tabraiz Shamsi



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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs Ireland 1st T20I 2021

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Kevin O’Brien, who has now retired from ODIs, will be looking to overturn a period of poor form in T20Is

Ireland choose to bowl vs South Africa

Kevin O’Brien was included in the Irish team to face South Africa in the first T20I meeting between the two sides. O’Brien had announced his retirement from ODIs earlier this year, but remains available in the shortest format and will be looking to overturn a period of poor form.
Captain Andy Balbirnie will partner Paul Stirling at the top, with big-hitting Harry Tector and George Dockrell in the middle order. Meanwhile, Ireland’s bowling attack includes three seamers and two spinners.
South Africa have a similar combination, after dispensing with a seam-bowling allrounder. They chose three quicks in Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams and Lungi Ngidi, and two spinners in allrounder George Linde and left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

Their line-up includes all four openers that have toured with their squad. Captain Temba Bavuma will open the batting with Quinton de Kock, with Janneman Malan being given an opportunity at No.3 following his form in the ODIs, and Aiden Markram at No.4. That leaves Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller to make up the middle-order.

Ireland: (possible) 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 3 Kevin O’Brien, 4 Harry Tector, 5 George Dockrell, 6 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 7 Shane Getkate, 8 Simi Singh, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Josh Little, 11 Craig Young

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Janneman Malan, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 George Linde, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Lizaad Williams, 10 Lung Ngidi 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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Zim vs Ban 2021 – Change in schedule

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The first game will be held on July 22, the second on July 23 and the final one on July 25.

The final leg of Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe will take place sooner than expected with both boards agreeing to bring the T20I series forward by a few days.

The original schedule had the three matches set for July 23, 25 and 27 but that has now been changed so that the first game will be held on July 22, the second on July 23 and the final one on July 25.

ESPNcricinfo understands that these changes were made to accommodate the challenges that the tour’s broadcast production company was facing.

Bangladesh have dominated this tour, winning the only Test by 220 runs and are on the verge of blanking Zimbabwe 3-0 in the one-day series that’s followed. The visitors might well consider the T20I series to be the most crucial part of the tour given that a World Cup is coming up in October. Bangladesh have these three T20Is against Zimbabwe, then five more against Australia in August, a further five against New Zealand in September and finally three matches against England in October to firm up their plans for the global tournament coming up in three months’ time.

Zimbabwe may not have such big-picture concerns, having not qualified for this year’s T20 World Cup, but they will be eager for some silverware.



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Match Preview – England vs Pakistan, Pakistan tour of England 2021, 3rd T20I

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Happy Freedom Day one and all! Yes, the time has come for the UK to throw off its shackles, fling caution to the wind, dive headlong into the moshpit of civil society and rejoice in the restoration of liberty to its people. (Give or take a chorus of pings from the NHS Test-and-Trace app, of course…)

For England’s cricketers, however, Freedom Day came one day early. Honestly, has there ever been a more on-brand performance than the one rustled up by their batters at Headingley on Sunday? Bowled out for 200 in 19.5 overs, including a riotous denouement of seven wickets in as many overs – the promiscuity of their short-lived strokeplay making the humble mayfly seem a model of celibacy.

It was rollickingly good fun, and as gloriously effective as their hell-for-leather chase at Trent Bridge had been gloriously futile. Pakistan responded by climbing into the threshing machine with admirable purpose, but they were all thrashed out by the 13th over, thanks largely to England’s own trio of players with Pakistan heritage – Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, whose Player-of-the-Match-winning haul of 36 runs at 225.00 and two wickets in three overs was CSK-esque in its effectiveness.

And so to the decider, a day-night affair at Old Trafford, where England can be expected once again to spread the opportunities across their squad, as they take the field for the final time before that preliminary squad needs to be submitted to the ICC ahead of the T20 World Cup this winter.

And even if they cannot get over the line in this contest, to claim their ninth series win in their last 11 T20I campaigns, the gains made by the white-ball squad, both in this leg and in the makeshift ODI campaign before it, have been immeasurable. Most of all, the sense of collective buy-in is absolute – that every player in the frame for selection recognises and embraces the free-spirited ethos that Eoin Morgan has espoused in the past six years. Full-throttle cricket might not win them every game, but it’ll lose them far fewer than the safety-first reticence of yore.

As for Pakistan, their response to those indignities in the ODIs has been admirable. At Headingley, they were unable to replicate the landslide of runs that carried them to a hugely cathartic victory at Trent Bridge, but in Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, they have an opening pairing that can carry any fight, while Shaheen Shah Afridi’s pace and incision from his left-arm line provides an air of menace every time he gets thrown the ball. They are one of only two teams not to have lost a series to England’s T20I team in the last three years – their 1-1 draw in 2020 was followed by India’s 3-2 win in March – and there’s every reason to believe they’ve got a few haymakers left in them in this campaign.

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England WLWWW (last five completed T20Is, most recent first)
Pakistan LWWLW

In the spotlight

Is it fair to point out that Dawid Malan needs an urgent uptick in his form? Every time he gets written about in a white-ball context, it feels as though there’s an air of persecution in the analysis. But suffice to say, Malan’s methods are different to those of his England peers – not least Moeen, who is as likely to carve his first delivery straight to deep cover as he is to ping it clean over the ropes for six. That’s not Malan’s way. He builds his head of steam with relative early caution, then lets the ends justify the means as he stares back down the track with another half-century at a 150-plus strike-rate. Or at least, that’s how it’s meant to be. Instead in this series, he’s made consecutive scores of 1 (6) and 1 (5) … two runs in 11 all told, and 2 in 17 in his past four innings, after back-to-back ducks in the ODIs. Prior to that, of course, he made a match-sealing 68 not out to guide Ben’s Babes home in that extraordinary opening victory at Cardiff, so the runs are still in there somewhere. And so too, no doubt, is the bloody-mindedness. Malan has finished each of his last three T20I series with a half-century – against Sri Lanka, India, and South Africa, where he cracked a remarkable 99 not out from 47 balls. And such are the reasons another swift rebuttal cannot be discounted.



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