• A look back at the most recent T20 series defeat to Pakistan

    The is no doubting it has been a difficult 2021 for the South African cricket team, as they started with a 2-0 test match defeat to Pakistan. The side then followed this up with a 2-1 T20 defeat to Pakistan again, in what was a very close series of matches between the pair. They then faced off again in an ODI series and it resulted in a similar result with Pakistan winning 2-1. This run of form was no doubt disappointing, as the pair then went into yet another series in mid-April. It was a T20 series and despite the recent defeats, the South African side did come in for some betting support on sites like sportsbetting24.in, which continue to offer markets and bonuses and promotions on most of the cricket matches worldwide. The further backing for the side was much needed, as they really needed to turn recent results round, but they faced a Pakistan side full of confidence and one that appeared to have the measure of the South Africans in all formats going into the next series.

    The opening match was one of some incredible entertainment with Pakistan winning with just 1 ball left in the 4-wicket victory. South African had set 188/6 from their 20 overs and Pakistan left it until 19.5 overs to get to 189, in a memorable match between the pair. Despite this positive performance, it meant yet another loss for South Africa. The following fixture and South Africa levelled the series to 1-1 with a dominant performance. Pakistan set 140/9 from their 20 overs and South Africa got to 141/4 from just 14 overs, meaning a six-wicket victory, as they still had 36 balls remaining.

    With the series level, it then set up for a fascinating third match between the pair. South Africa set a respectable 203/5 from their 20 overs but Pakistan were able to surpass this and finished on 205/1 for a nine wicket victory, with 12 balls left. It also meant they took a 2-1 lead into the third match of the series. The fourth match turned out to be the final match of the series, with Pakistan taking away the victory and the series. South Africa were bowled out for 144 in 19.3 overs. Pakistan were then able to surpass this with just one ball remaining, as they finished as 3-1 winners. It was overall a very close series between the pair, but it again resulted in yet another victory for Pakistan. South Africa will now be looking to build up a run of form, following these consecutive defeats, as they currently take on the West Indians in a test series.

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    Juandre Joubert