SA vs PAK Dream11: Having played only 5 ODIs since their disappointing World Cup 2019 campaign, Pakistan would be hoping to revive their dormant one-day cricket when they face the mighty Proteas in the first of the three ODI series at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. This series is a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
South Africa will be starting the dawn of a new era in white-ball cricket under Temba Bavuma. After South Africa’s mauling in the away Test series under the leadership of Quinton de Kock, and in T20Is under the leadership of Henrich Klaassen against this very opposition, CSA appointed Temba Bavuma as the skipper of their white-ball assignments until the 2023 World Cup.
As mentioned above, both teams squared off against each other earlier this year in Test and T20I format in Pakistan and the hosts were all over the Proteas in the entire series. Can they repeat the heroics they displayed at home, or will the Proteas bounce back strongly this time? Well, where will the first game of the series head, it remains interesting to see.
SA vs PAK Today match prediction details
Fixture Name: 1st ODI, South Africa vs Pakistan
Competition: South Africa vs Pakistan ODI
Date: 02nd April 2021
Time: 01:30 PM IST
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
The surface at the SuperSport Park in Centurion has always been bouncy. With ample grass covering on the wicket, seamers do get a lot of bounce and pace. Negotiating the new ball will be a challenge for the batsmen, but once the ball gets older it will be easy to score runs here.
(last five completed games)
South Africa: NRLWWW
Pakistan Won: 02
South Africa Won: 03
Where to watch SA vs PAK live: You can WATCH South Africa vs Pakistan Star Sports Network and stream live on the Disney+ Hotstar app.
Injury update, unavailability: The visitors have announced an 18-man ODI squad for this SA vs PAK Dream11 team prediction OSI series. Saud Shakeel who was initially named in the squad has been replaced by Asif Ali due to injury.
Expected changes and team combination: The duo of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will be opening the innings with Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Haider Ali forming the middle-order. Shadab Khan will be the lone spinner in the eleven, whereas, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf will be the key figures in the pace bowling department.
PAK Playing 11 (Likely):
Injury update, unavailability: The hosts have named a large squad comprising 22 members led by Tamba Bavuma. The likes of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, David Miller, Quinton de Kock, and Lungisani Ngidi will be available for the first two ODIs only.
Expected changes and team combination: Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock will be opening the innings along with Aiden Markram. Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen, and David Miller will form the rest of the batting order. One between Keshav Maharaj or Tabraiz Shamsi will hold the fort in the spin department meanwhile Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, and Anrich Nortje will form the bowling unit.
SA Playing 11 (probable):
Quinton de Kock
R van der Dussen
The hosts’ South Africa will be the favorites to start the series with home conditions going in their favor. Therefore, we are backing South Africa to register a win in this SA vs PAK Today Match Prediction fixture and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Heinrich Klaasen: The keeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen has been in scintilating form of late for the hosts in ODIs. He has 242 runs under his belt from the last three games that include a hundred and a fifty.
Babar Azam: The Pakistan skipper is going from strength to strength. Having attained the second spot in ODI batsmen rankings, the stylish right-hander has 367 runs to his name from the last 5 ODIs at a scintillating average of 91.75.
Quinton de Kock: Relieved from captaincy duties, de Kock can now express himself better with the bat. He has 228 runs to his name from the last 6 ODI innings with a hundred and a fifty to his name.
Lungi Ngidi: With a 5-fer against his name, Ngidi has scalped 12 wickets from his last 3 ODIs with an economy of 5.59.
Kagiso Rabada: The lanky pacer has scalped 6 wickets in his last 4 ODI appearances.
Shaheen Afridi: The left-arm pacer has 5 wickets under his best from the last 3 ODIs at an impressive economy of 4.23.
WK: M Rizwan, Q de Kock, H Klaasen
BAT: B Azam, D Miller/Imam-ul-Haq, R vd Dussen
ALL: F Ashraf
BWL: S Afridi, L Ngidi, K Rabada, M Hasnain