The Proteas got out of jail in the second ODI against Pakistan. They made what should have been a simple 204-run chase seem difficult by losing five wickets for 80 runs en route to victory. This set off further worries over the Proteas’ batting woes.
Nonetheless, they managed to avoid botching their chance to level the series, thanks to a magnificent batting performance from Rassie van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo that saw the pair score 127 runs.
Phehlukwayo strengthened the belief surrounding him being South Africa’s best all-rounder with a phenomenal all-round display – 69 not out and 4-22.
The big boys are back for the Proteas in the third ODI. There are three changes to the squad, Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock come back in to replace Duanne Olivier and Heinrich Klaasen, while Dane Paterson was replaced by in-form left-arm Lions seamer Beuran Hendricks.
Pakistan are doing some experimenting of their own, as they aim to find the perfect blend of all-rounders in their side.
After getting bounced out at Durban for a paltry 203 inside 46 overs, Centurion is the last venue Pakistan would want to be at as they look to bounce back. The surface of the SuperSport Park is one of the quickest in the country.
For the Pakistan bowlers to execute their plans, batsmen will need to post a defendable score. And for that, they will have to use their resources tactfully.
Date: Friday January 25, 2019
Timing: 01:00 PM Local Time and 04:00 PM PKT
Venue: Super Sport Park, Centurion
Weather: A bright sunny day is expected to greet the teams with the conditions set to favour batsmen.
Conditions: Lateral movement with the new ball and definitely some chin music. A flat pitch conducive to big totals is expected tomorrow. The winner of the toss will be looking to bowl first. The last four out of five games at the venue were won by the team batting second.
Head to Head:
Matches: 75 | South Africa: 48 | Pakistan: 26 | NR: 1
South Africa: W L W L W (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L W W L L
After getting bounced out at Durban for a paltry 203 inside 46 overs, Pakistan will now be looking to correct their mistakes to keep their momentum going and take an early lead.
At Durban, Pakistan faced the tough reality of bouncy South African pitches and seemed helpless against the short ball. But they will take some confidence from their win in the opening fixture and will eye a comeback at Centurion.
Pakistan might drop Hussain Talat who failed to leave an impression during his maiden ODI appearance. Pakistan might also bring Mohammad Amir back in the playing XI who is yet to play an ODI in this series.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Fakhar Zaman/Shan Masood, 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:
South Africa has called back Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock as they look to take a 2-1 lead in their five-match ODI series against Pakistan at Centurion on Friday.
Seamer Steyn and wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock were rested for the first two matches – Pakistan’s five-wicket win in Port Elizabeth and South Africa’s success by the same margin in Durban – after helping the Proteas to a 3-0 sweep in the preceding Test series.
Duanne Olivier – who picked up 24 wickets at 14.70 in the Test series – Heinrich Klaasen and Dane Paterson have dropped out of the Proteas’ party.
South Africa’s Probable XI:
1.Quinton de Kock (wk), 2. Rassie van der Dussen, 3. Hashim Amla, 4. Faf du Plessis (c), 5.Reeza Hendricks, 6. David Miller, 7. Andile Phehlukwayo, 8. Dale Steyn, 9.Beuran Hendricks, 10. Tabraiz Shamsi,, 11. Kagiso Rabada
Stats and trivia:
- Shoaib Malik has scored 242 in four innings at 121.00, with a century and a fifty at Centurion.
- Pakistan have lost three and won two of their last five matches at Centurion that stretch back to February 2007.
192 – Dale Steyn has 192 wickets in ODI. He needs eight more wickets to become only the fifth South African bowler to have 200 ODI wickets.
95 – Kagiso Rabada has 95 wickets in ODIs. He needs five wickets to complete 100 in ODIs. If he achieves the feat tomorrow, in his 60th ODI, he will become the third-fastest South African to the landmark, behind Imran Tahir (58 matches) and Morne Morkel (59).