Port Elizabeth, January 19 at 04:30 PM IST
After 3-0 clean sweep in the Test series, the high-flying Proteas would be eyeing to whitewash the visitors in the limited overs format too when both the sides come face to face at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth in the first of the five ODIs.
South Africa registered 6 wickets in Centurion, 9 wickets win in Cape Town and 107 runs win in Johannesburg to clinch the Test series by 3-0. They have rested their premium bowler Dale Steyn and wicketkeeper batter Q de Kock looking after the workload and have roped in Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier.
Pakistan would be hoping some change in fortune with the change in format. While the visitors are still recovering over the 3-0 defeat, batting will again be the main concern. With the likes of experienced campaigner Shoaib Malik and M Hafeez joining the squad let’s hope Pakistan to fight back. The bowling responsibilities will be shared by M Amir, Usman Shinwari, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
In the last 12 months, the Proteas have won nine encounters and faced defeat in eight ODIs.
Pakistan levelled their last ODI series against New Zealand by 1-1 after the last game was washed out. Prior to that, they had a rough outing in the Asia Cup where they faced defeats against India and Bangladesh and got knocked out fo the tournament.
The St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth has a hard surface which will offer good pace and bounce. Also, with the weather being overcast, some seam movement is likely to been seen from the pacers.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
PAK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Sarfraz Ahmed (c)
Batsmen – Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imam-ul-Haq, F Zaman
All-rounder – Shadab Khan, F Ashraf, M Hafeez
Bowlers – M Amir, Hasan Ali, S Afridi
SA Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – H Klassen
Batsmen – Faf du Plessis (c), A Markram, D MiIler, Rassie van der Dussen/Reeza Hendricks, H Amla
All-rounder – Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Duanne Olivier
Pakistan – Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Shan Masood, Hussain Talat, Shaheen Afridi
South Africa – Faf du Plessis(c), Dane Paterson, Hashim Amla, Dwaine Pretorius, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Duanne Olivier, Heinrich Klaasen, Rassie van der Dussen
Fantasy picks from Pakistan –
Shan Masood/Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, M Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will form the batting line up
Shan Masood and Babar Azam were the leading run scorers in the Test series
One of Hussain Talat and F Ashraf will get to play
Shada Khan is a sure shot starter
Any three of M Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Shinwari and Hasan Ali are expected to lead the pace attack
Fantasy picks from South Africa-
Out – D Steyn and Q De Kock
In – Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier
RV Dussen is set for his debut.
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