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| On Apr 1, 2021 5:30 PM IST

SA vs PAK Dream11 Prediction: 3 Player Battles to watch out for in South Africa vs Pakistan 1st ODI

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SA vs PAK Dream11 Prediction: South Africa and Pakistan are all set to meet in a three-match ODI series starting with the 1st ODI match on April 2 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. After the ODI series, the two teams will cross swords in a four-match T20I series from April 10. After the cancellation of the home ODI series against England due to COVID-19, both South Africa and Pakistan haven’t played 50-over cricket for a long time now.

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SA vs PAK Dream11 Prediction: 3 Player Battles

1. Babar Azam vs Kagiso Rabada

This is a fierce battle between Pakistan’s current best batsman Babar Azam and South Africa’s best bowler Kagiso Rabada. In 77 ODIs, Babar has composed a fabulous tally of 3580 runs at an impressive average of 55.94. On the other hand, Rabada has taken 117 wickets in 75 ODIs at an economy of 5. The South African speedster did get the better of Babar in 2019 in 50-over cricket.

Babar Azam vs Kagiso Rabada in ODIs
Runs: 54
Balls: 66
Outs: 1
Dots: 35

2. Quinton de Kock vs Shaheen Afridi

In case, South Africa have to beat the visitors in the upcoming three-match South Africa vs Pakistan ODI series, opening batsman Quinton de Kock will have to deliver some phenomenal performances. Quinton has an impressive record in ODIs with a brilliant tally of 5135 runs at an average of 44.65. On the other hand, Pakistan bowling spearhead Shaheen Afridi has picked up 45 wickets in 22 ODI matches. Afridi has already dismissed de Kock in ODIs once in 2019.

Quinton de Kock vs Shaheen Afridi in ODIs
Runs: 23
Balls: 34
Outs: 1
Dots: 21

3. David Miller vs Shadab Khan

With the revolutionized 50-over cricket format taking the limelight, quick scoring in the middle-overs is one area where most of the international teams will want to improve their game. South Africa will bank upon their experienced swashbuckling batsman in David Miller to score runs at a brisk rate in the middle-overs stage during the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan. In 132 ODIs, Miller has scored 3231 runs at an average of 40.39 at a strike-rate of 100.62. On the other hand, Pakistan will look to attack with their premier spinner Shadab Khan who has taken 59 scalps in his ODI career so far.

David Miller vs Shadab Khan in ODIs
Runs: 9
Balls: 17
Outs: 1
Dots: 8

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South Africa vs Pakistan 1st ODI

The first ODI between South Africa and Pakistan will be hosted at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on April 2. Watch South Africa vs Pakistan Live 1st ODI on the SONY Network and SONY LIV app. The first ball will be bowled at 1:30 PM (IST). Due to the ODI series against Pakistan, the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Quinton de Kock will miss the first game for Delhi Capitals (DC), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) respectively in IPL 2021.

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