Series- Pakistan’s tour of South Africa 2018-19
Match- 3rd ODI
Date: 25th January 2019,Friday
Time: 1 PM Local Time
Venue: Supersport Park,Centurion.
With the series nicely poised at 1-1 after two games, South Africa and Pakistan head into the third ODI in an attempt to claim a lead. Pakistan played out of their skin when no one even gave them a chance and registered a five-wicket win in the first ODI. Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez steered the Men in Green to this brilliant victory.
But, as usual, the inconsistencies again popped up when the side took the field in the second ODI. They were down to 112/8 at one stage before there was a fightback. 203 was an easy chase for South Africa with Rassie van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo pulling off match-winning performances to level the series. One team hasn’t completely dominated the other in this format of the game thus far in the series. Hence, there is a great game of cricket on the cards when the teams will take the field at Centurion.
The series is levelled 1-1 at the moment as the two teams will battle it out in the third ODI at Centurion to gain a lead. South Africa has got three of its big guns returning to the fold for the last three matches of the series.
It will be interesting to see if Pakistan has got enough reserves to counter a full-strength Proteas side. Both teams won the respective games by a five-wicket margin and competed extremely hard to get over the line. Therefore, one could suppose the third ODI will be no different and an interesting battle is definitely on the cards.
In the last five matches between the sides Pakistan have a good record with 3 wins. But in this ground South Africa win 85% of the matches.
South Africa- Quinton de Kock is back in the Proteas set-up along with speedster Dale Steyn. Duanne Olivier will be the man making way for Steyn while it will be Heinrich Klassen out for de Kock. Rassie van der Dussen, with the kind of form he has been in, should make it into the eleven. It will be either one among Reeza Hendricks or Aiden Markram who will get in at four. Beuran Hendricks might get an opportunity in the eleven.
Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks/Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (C), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn.
Pakistan- Pakistan should field pretty much the same eleven from the last match. Imam will open the innings with Fakhar and Babar Azam will follow up next at number three. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will take the all-rounder spots. Instead of Imad Wasim, they might go for Hussain Talat or Mohammad Amir. Furthermore, Shoaib Malik miight lead the side as the regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed could be suspended due to his recent controversial racist remarks.
Probable XI: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk)/Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat/Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi.
Ground and pitch conditions – The SuperSport Park in Centurion is tailor-made for the chasing team. Team batting second won The last four out of five games at the venue. The track usually quickens up and plays much better under the lights. If you’re batting first, a big score is essential. It will be a cloudy day with the temperatures between 24C and 30C. There is a prediction of scattered thunderstorms during the night.
Toss- No doubt and definitely a bowl first wicket. Chasing is very easy here with short square boundaries. Thunderstorms are predicted so batting first will be a bad choice.
Prediction- With the boost of De Kock and Steyn Africa should nail Pakistan down with relative ease. However Pakistan is very unpredicted team and can come back in any situation.