With a chance to win the series now, hosts South Africa will look to make things worse for the visiting Pakistan side when they square off for the fourth ODI at Johannesburg on Sunday. After comfortably winning the first ODI, Pakistan seem to have lost their way somehow. When their batsmen turned up with a good showing in the third ODI, surprisingly, their bowlers let them down. They’ll be desperate to get that right now and will hope to find that winning formula to keep the series alive. The hosts, on the other hand, will be brimming with confidence. Firstly, because of their showing in the last two ODIs and secondly, because of their, yet to be broken, unbeaten streak in the pink ODIs. Pakistan know they’ll have to give their best to keep the series alive, but with the cricket South Africa have been playing in the Pink ODIs, even their best showing might not be enough to stop South Africa from taking the series.
Injuries: It has been a positive series for he hosts so far in terms of injuries with a fully fit squad still available to pick from.
Doubt: With the series at stake, we don’t expect any changes to be made to their winning combination by South Africa.
Questionable: With the World Cup 2019 in the back of their mind, South Africa brought in Beuran Hendricks. He is the only doubtful starter, but more or less he too is most likely to remain in the starting XI.
Expected Changes: We do not expect South Africa to make any changes to their lineup.
Injuries: A rare positive for Pakistan on this tour, no injuries to trouble them so far.
Doubt: Fakhar Zaman’s dry run is stretching longer than expected for Pakistan now. That might just see him face the axe finally.
Questionable: Shan Masood might replace Fakhar Zaman at the top, but considering the track at Johannesburg, Fakhar Zaman is more likely to get one more chance.
Expected Changes: No changes are expected from the visitors either.
Quinton de Kock (WK), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (C), David Miller, Rassie Van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks
Imam-Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi,
Despite his poor run of form, Fakhar Zaman will play a crucial role in the pink ODI. The conditions will be to his liking, and given the pressure he is in, he will more or less deliver the Fakhar Zaman we all have so loved to known. Phehlukwayo as a captain is pretty much an obvious pick in that lot as he guarantees both wickets as well as runs and a few big hits. Hashim Amla has a remarkable form in the Pink ODIs which gives him the tick ahead of Du Plessis. Bowling unit is not expected to deliver much, so we’ve gone for bowlers who are not likely to leak runs at a heavy economy rate. Please be very careful while making your own selections, but we would rather suggest you to have Phehlukwayo and Shaheen Afridi in your selections as they might hold the key in an otherwise batsmen dominated game.