DURBAN: South Africa will face Pakistan’s women’s national cricket team in a three-match T20I series, which will be played on Friday at Durban’s Kingsmead Cricket Stadium. This will be the first major T20I style assignment for the national side since last year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
To date, in South Africa, Pakistan has played eight T20Is and faced South Africa in six of them. Tourists have won two and lost four, all of them on the last tour in 2019.
When Pakistan toured South Africa in 2019, Nida Dar was the leading run-getter (192 runs) and top wicket-taker (five wickets).
The 34-year-old posted back-to-back half centuries in the first two matches in the recently ended three-match ODI series and finished with 124 runs as the third best hitter.
As she scored 136 runs, Aliya Riaz topped the batting charts, which included her career-best 81 in the second ODI. The all-rounder enjoys a respectable 71.50 batting average in T20Is against South Africa, the third highest for the batters who have played against them in the format with more than 100 runs.
Captain Javeria Khan of Pakistan says her side is well prepared to test the hosts in their circumstances.
“This is a new series and gives us a chance to bounce back on the tour,” she told PCB Interactive. In our ranks, we have some entertaining cricketers who can leave a mark and are excited to get the best out of this series.
Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz were all-rounders in fine condition and their ability to drive the ball hard and contribute to the ball in the vital middle overs gives good side balance. Diana Baig, who is on her first South Africa trip, turned out to be the most effective bowler in the ODI series, which is a positive sign for us, and Aiman Anwar’s presence provides our pace bowling department with depth,’ Javeria said.
“In Anam Amin, Nashra Sandhu and Sadia Iqbal, we have impressive spinners, and I have no doubt that these players will lift their hands when the situation demands them.”