ABU DHABI: Pakistan lost its key players — skipper Babar Azam (15) and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan (19) — in the second and final warm-up match against South Africa at Dubai on Wednesday.
Anrich Nortje dismissed Rizwan in the sixth over, right after Kagiso Rabada bowled Babar in the fourth over of the match.
South Africa won the toss and put Pakistan to bat first.
Following Babar and Rizwan’s dismissal, Mohammad Hafeez (13) was also sent back to the pavilion by Keshav Maharaj in the second-last ball of the 10th over. Pakistan are at 66/3 after 10 overs.
Pakistan thrashed West Indies earlier this week with a seven-wicket victory in a warm-up match.
The national squad flew to Abu Dhabi from Dubai at 2pm (PST) ahead of the match.
On Tuesday, the Babar Azam-led T20 World Cup squad attended an optional training session at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Academy Ground.
Skipper Babar Azam, along with senior players Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed, also attended the training session.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Wasim Jr, Usman Qadir, Khushdal Shah, Shahnawaz Dhani, Mohammad Nawaz, and Haider Ali were also present at the ICC Cricket Ground.
The squad’s new batting consultant, Mathew Hayden, will address a virtual press conference tomorrow (Thursday) before a training session at the ICC Academy ground in Dubai.