Pakistan’s Playing 11: The first ODI ended with Pakistan scraping a win in the final delivery of the match, while chasing a total of 275. The visitors at one staged looked like they’ll get a comprehensive win, especially with Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam securing a 181 run partnership. Imam-ul-Haq scored 70 from 80, while, Babar Azam played a valuable knock of 103 from 104 deliveries.
After getting the big wicket of Babar Azam, the South African kept chipping in with regular wickets at crunch intervals, as Anrich Nortje bagged four, and made life difficult for the visitors. But Mohammad Rizwan’s 40 followed by Shadab Khan’s 30 eventually made Pakistan cross the line.
After getting a win in the 1st ODI, the skipper Babar Azam, could opt for a similar starting eleven.
Pakistan ODI Squad for ODI series versus South Africa
A Shafique, A Ali, B Azam, F Zaman, H Ali, I ul Haq, D Aziz, F Ashraf, M Nawaz, S Khan, M Rizwan, S Ahmed, H Rauf, H Ali, M Hasnain, M Wasim, S Afridi, U Qadir
Pakistan have been on South Africa’s tail as they started off this year with a Test series win, which was followed up by a T20I series win. Their win by three wickets last evening has given them the edge to win the third straight series against the Proteas. That being said, we can expected the South Africans to bring up their ‘A Game’ if they are to stay alive in the three-match ODI series.
The 2nd ODI between the two sides will be contested at the Wanderers. The match will start at 1:30 PM (IST), and the ball by ball coverage will be done by Star Sports.