South Africa are wary of a resurgent Pakistan team that cruised to a five-wicket win in the first of five one-day internationals in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has said that his side will learn from their defeat to Pakistan in the first One-day International at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
The Proteas were given a timely reminder of how much work lies ahead before the Cricket World Cup in May as they lost by five wickets on Saturday.
Hashim Amla’s 27th ODI century and debutant Rassie van der Dussen’s 93 was not enough for the Proteas, who lost only two wickets in scoring 266 runs after winning the toss.
The experienced Mohammad Hafeez’s 71 and opener Imam-ul-Haq’s 86 steered the tourists to their first win of their away series after they were well-beaten in all three Test matches.
Du Plessis felt that his team were short of where they should have been.
“The two guys [Amla and van der Dussen] batted really well, but perhaps there were 10 or 15 runs that we could have pushed a little harder for,” he said after the opening fixture of the five-match series.
“Pakistan bowled better than us over fifty overs here. And then they batted really well [too], you have to give credit where it’s due. Some great learnings for us, and we know where we can get better.”
“An in-form Hashim Amla is great for us. Rassie played beautifully, he had intent right through his innings. We need to adapt. You’re not going to always get conditions for the fast bowlers,” du Plessis added.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed also credited his batsmen for their first win of the tour.
“The batting was very responsible,” a relieved Sarfraz said.
“In the middle overs, Shadab [Khan] was great, as well as Imad [Wasim]. And the way our fast bowlers bowled was very good. And then the way Imam and Hafeez controlled the match in the run chase was simply outstanding.”
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2019
Timing: 01:00 PM Local Time and 04:00 PM PKT
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
Weather: A bright sunny day is expected to greet the teams with the conditions set to favour batsmen.
Conditions:The forecast suggests optimal playing conditions on match-day. Teams batting first have had more success at Kingsmead over the years. In the last ODI at Kingsmead, two spinners, India’s Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, claimed five scalps between them. It suggests the surface might have something in it for the slow bowlers.
Head to Head:
Matches: 74 | South Africa: 47 | Pakistan: 26 | NR: 1
Matches: 8 | South Africa: 2 | Pakistan: 6 | NR: 0
South Africa: L W L W W (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: W W L L L
After victory in 1st ODI visitors are now looking to keep this momentum going. Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Hafeez performed good with the bat, and now visitors are hoping for more of the same in Durban.
Fakhar Zaman’s 23-ball 25 was not satisfactory but good enough considering the role Pakistan has set for him, it means that Shan Masood will have to wait for his ODI debut.
Pakistan preferred Usman Shinwari over Mohammad Amir in 1st ODI but Shinwari was seen not fit so it means he will be benched and Mohammad Amir will likely replace him.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Imam-ul-Haq, 3. Mohammad Hafeez, 4. Babar Azam, 5. Shoaib Malik, 6. Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (wk), 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Mohammad Amir, 10. Hasan Ali, 11. Shaheen Shah Afridi
2. South Africa:
After slipping to a five-wicket loss in the first One-Day International against Pakistan, South Africa will be desperate to draw level at Kingsmead in Durban on Tuesday (start at 1pm) and prevent the deficit from becoming even steeper in the five-match series.
The hosts are aiming to strike the right balance ahead of the World Cup. But, at the moment, with Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock rested for the second one-dayer as well, they won’t be tempted to make any changes to their side.
South Africa’s Probable XI:
1. Aiden Markram, 2. Rassie van der Dussen, 3. Hashim Amla, 4. Faf du Plessis (c), 5. Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 6. David Miller, 7. Andile Phehlukwayo, 8. Dane Paterson, 9. Dwaine Pretorius, 10. Imran Tahir, 11. Kagiso Rabada
Stats and trivia:
- Pakistan have won five of their eight ODIs at Kingsmead. They beat South Africa here in their last two tours in 2013 and 2007.
- 560 ODI wickets has been taken at Durban. Pacers took 446 wickets at an average of 29.89 including 4 Five Wickets Haul while Spinners took 114 Wickets at an average of 38.45 & eco of 4.72, yet any Spinner to take 5 Wickets Haul at Durban in ODI’S.
905 – Runs scored by Imam-ul-Haq in ODIs thus far. He’ll need another 95 runs in the next inning to level Fakhar Zaman’s record. The left-hander will break the record of Sir Vivian Richards (21 innings) in case he gets there within the next three innings.