Cape Town, Newlands, January 30 at 04:30 PM IST
Eyeing their second successive ODI series win in South Africa, a confident Pakistan unit will come into this encounter all guns blazing in the final ODI which will be played at Newlands in Capetown.
With the series even at 2-2, the decider is sure to be a cracker of a game. Pakistan induced the first blood by winning the opening ODI after a disappointing Test series by 5 wickets. The Proteas did not take much time to make a comeback as they won the next two encounters by 5 wickets and 13 runs (DLS Method) respectively.
The last game which was the 4th ODI went to Pakistan who completely dismantled the hosts in a one-sided affair by 8 wickets. Now with confidence by their side, Pakistan could thrive of making it two series win in a row in South Africa.
Form guide (last five fixtures, recent first)
Pakistan – W W L L W
South Africa – W L W W L
Pakistan Team News: There are no changes in the side.
South Africa Team News: All-rounder Wiaan Mulder has been added to the squad for the Proteas.
PAK Playing 11: Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.
Doubtful – Hasan Ali
SA Playing 11: Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Faf du Plessis.
Doubtful – Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir
Team 1: If the hosts bounce back
The scoreline reads 2-2 and both the sides have equal opportunity to seal the series. While Sarfaraz Khan is missing out from the visitors side, the hosts have roped in Wiaam Mulder for the series decider.
Surprisingly, Pakistan, that has always struggled with their batting department, have put some brilliant performances throughout the series. But you never know when the story gets repeated.
Team 2 & 3: Predict the winner
The visitors have won only once at Cape Town. But if we look throughout the series, Pakistan has completely dominated Proteas, leaving behind a few patches. And, the way they adopted themselves in the last game to shift in captaincy and plans, shows that they will once again come stronger. It will be the hosts who will be feeling the heat this time.
However, once again the top order will have to take responsibility to play big innings while bowlers will have to bowl disciplined spells.
Team 4 & 5: T Shamsi for I Tahir & Hasan Ali for M Amir
In the last game, Imran Tahir looked quite ineffective against Pakistan's top-order. Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam and F Zaman played him quite comfortably and in the middle order M Hafeez and S Malik love to play against spin. So, in that case, the hosts might turn up to Tabraiz Shamsi for the last game.
On contrary, Pakistan might rope in Hasan Ali in place of M Amir as Amir has also looked ordinary in the two outings. Hasan Ali's lateral movement in the middle order might come in handy for the visitors.