Port Elizabeth, January 19 at 4:30 PM IST
After 3-0 drubbing in the Test series, the visiting Pakistan side would look to open their account on this tour of South Africa. South Africa have rested both Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock looking ahead at the World Cup 2019 and recalled Hashim Amla, Duanne Olivier and Aiden Markram.
The visitors would look to the bowling lineup, studded with the likes of Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, to rattle the hosts in bowling-friendly conditions to set up the game. However, there are qualms about the touring batsmen who must step up to avoid a result like the Test series.
Head-to-head (last five ODIs)
South Africa – 1, Pakistan – 4
Form guide (last three fixtures, recent first)
Pakistan – NR W L
South Africa – W L W
Pakistan Team News: There are no injury concerns for the side and the entire squad is available for selection.
South Africa Team News: Steyn and de Kock have been rested from the first two ODIs.
Pakistan Playing 11: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi/Mohammad Amir.
South Africa Playing 11: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen/Reeza Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Dwaine Pretorius
Team 1, 2, 3: Pakistan batting rule the roost
– The likes of Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik are all quite capable.
– You can take a chance with more Pakistan batsmen.
Team 4, 5, 6: South Africa exercise control over PAK
– It could be a repeat of Test series results with South Africa dominating the game.
– Pick more South Africa players and the least from Pakistan.