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| On Apr 1, 2021 1:30 PM IST

SA vs PAK Dream11 Team: Top 5 Fantasy Cricket Picks for South Africa vs Pakistan 1st ODI

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SA vs PAK Dream11 Team: Amidst the colossal IPL fever in India, South Africa is all set to host Pakistan for a short limited-overs series comprising of 3 ODIs and 4-match T20I series. The SA vs PAK white-ball series will begin with the 1st ODI on April 2 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. All the IPL bound South Africa players like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and David Miller are only part of the ODI squad. Both these teams have not played 50-over cricket for quite a while now.

Related: SA vs PAK: South Africa’s possible Playing 11 for 1st ODI

SA vs PAK Dream11 Team Fantasy Picks

1. Quinton de Kock

After being relieved from the pressure captaincy duties, South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock will have the complete freedom to deliver stunning performances in the upcoming ODI series. Quinton has an impressive record in ODIs with a fabulous tally of 5135 runs at an average of 44.65. De Kock may have not been in the best of forms in international cricket lately but he will be a player to watch out for in the exciting South Africa vs Pakistan white-ball series due to his fantastic record on home pitches.

Quinton de Kock in ODIs
Matches: 121
Runs: 5135
Avg: 44.65
50: 25
100: 15

2. Babar Azam

Pakistan captain Babar Azam will be hoping to lead the side from the front with brilliant batting performances in the upcoming white-ball series against South Africa. In 77 ODIs, Babar has composed an impressive tally of 3580 runs at an average of 55.94. The stylish Pakistani batsman has notched up 16 fifties and 12 centuries. Babar is currently placed on the second position in the ICC ODI Rankings for the batsmen.

Babar Azam in ODIs
Matches: 77
Runs: 3580
Avg: 55.94
50: 16
100: 12

3. Kagiso Rabada

South African speedster Kagiso Rabada will surely be playing a pivotal role in the upcoming three-match PAK vs SA ODI series. The Proteas pace spearhead has taken 117 wickets in 75 ODIs at an economy of 5. The fast bowler has also picked up 4 four-wicket hauls and one five wicket-haul in 50-over cricket. Rabada is currently ranked sixth in the ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers. Thus, he is expected to be a key wicket-taker for South Africa in this ODI series.

Kagiso Rabada in ODIs
Matches: 75
Wickets: 117
Avg: 27.34
Eco: 5

4. Shaheen Afridi

Lanky left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi has proved to be a great wicket-taking asset for Pakistan across formats in the recent few years. In 22 ODIs, Shaheen has picked up a total of 45 wickets at an average of 21.64 which includes two five-wicket hauls. In the recent two-match Test series against South Africa, the Pakistani fast bowler secured 7 scalps which includes an impressive four-wicket haul in the fourth innings of the second Test match.

Shaheen Afridi in ODIs
Matches: 22
Wickets: 45
Avg: 21.64
Eco: 5.29

5. Mohammad Rizwan

Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan has been in a tremendous form across formats in the recent few months. He was the Player of the Series in both the Test as well as T20I series against South Africa at home. In 3 T20Is, Rizwan scored a total of 197 runs at a phenomenal average of 98.50 which includes a brilliant century as well. In 35 ODIs, the Pakistani batter has scored 730 runs at an average of 30.42. With an impressive tally of 297 runs in 5 games, Rizwan was the highest run-getter in PSL 2021 before the tournament was postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus.

Related: SA vs PAK: Pakistan’s possible Playing 11 for 1st ODI

South Africa vs Pakistan 1st ODI live

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).

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Kuljyot Singh

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