The Proteas walked out of SuperSport Park on Friday night with a 2-1 lead, thanks to a bit of luck and masterful strategic run acceleration.
Reeza Hendricks strengthened his chances of cementing a spot in the ODI XI with a crucial 83 not out, while his skipper helped his partner keep the Proteas ahead of the DLS par score with an impressive 42-ball 40.
The rain, however, spoilt the chance of seeing whether the Proteas could hold their nerve till the end to chase down Pakistan’s 317, acquired through a fantastic and unified batting performance.
Next up is the Pink Day ODI, which the Proteas have a great history of winning but at the other side Pakistan also has a great record of making a comeback at an unexpected moment.
Thunderstorms are expected to disrupt the Pink Day ODI as the Proteas will take on Pakistan on Sunday.
The Pink Day ODI, however, remains famous for AB de Villiers scoring the fastest 100 (31 balls) in ODI history, when he finished with 149 off 44 balls against the West Indies in January 2015.
The last Pink Day came against India at the Wanderers, and thanks to a magnificent performance from Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller, the Proteas squeezed out their only victory of the six-match ODI series.
Out of 46 ODIs played on the ground, 20 have been won by the team batting first and 26 by the team chasing.
Date: Sunday January 27, 2019
Timing: 10:00 AM Local Time and 01:00 PM PKT
Venue: The Wanderers, Johannesburg
Weather: Rain is, unfortunately, forecast in Johannesburg, and could once again play spoilsport come Sunday, making the toss crucial.
Conditions / Pitch Report:The pitch at the Wanderers has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons in recent times, so it is difficult to predict what kind of wicket will be prepared at the Bull Ring. History suggests that it is a high-scoring wicket, and it has been known to favour the side chasing. But the match is expected to be affected by rain so with clouds anticipated to hover over the stadium, pacers will get assistance to move the ball laterally in the air.
Head to Head:
Matches: 76 | South Africa: 49 | Pakistan: 26 | NR: 1
South Africa: W W L W L (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L L W W L
It was a tough pill to swallow for Pakistan in the 3rd ODI. The visitors did a lot of things right, but at the end, it was the rain that played a crucial role as South Africa beat Pakistan by 13 runs via Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
With the series now slowly inclined towards the hosts at 2-1, the two teams will now head to Johannesburg for the all-important South Africa vs Pakistan 4th ODI.
Pakistan will know that they have to win the game while South Africa will be hoping to seal the series at the Wanderers. Pakistan might make one change to their playing XI in 4th ODI.
Pakistan might drop Fakhar Zaman who failed to leave an impression during his last 3 ODIs appearance in this series.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. 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:
The home side showed plenty of grit to come away with victory, despite facing a tricky total.
Particularly pleasing for South Africa will be the displays put in by the middle order over the last two matches – it was Rassie van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo in Durban, and Hendricks and du Plessis at Centurion.
South Africa may also look to swap Tabraiz Shamsi for Imran Tahir, who has a decent record at this ground with 7 wickets at 22.57, after Shamsi put in an inconsistent performance at Centurion.
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
Players to watch:
1. Imam-Ul-Haq – Batsman, Pakistan
What a series, Imam Ul-Haq is having in South Africa. In the 3rd ODI, the southpaw opener brought his fourth ODI century as he powered Pakistan to a big total at the Centurion. Imam-Ul-Haq’s innings personified maturity and composure as he brought up his century. He looks to be in good touch and could be Pakistan’s hope for 4th ODI.
2. Reeza Hendricks – Batsman, South Africa
South Africa needed someone to play an innings according to the DLS stipulations. Reeza Hendricks did just that as he paced himself between rain interruptions which helped South Africa cross the finish line. Hendricks is a good prospect for South Africa and is only getting into the groove now. He is a batsman whose confidence is growing each day and is an impact player for the Proteas.
3. Dale Steyn – Bowler, South Africa
Steyn has been playing well in patches due to the injuries he has had off late. But the South African pacer will know that he has to be in top shape with the World Cup fast approaching. In the third ODI, Steyn picked up two wickets at an economy rate of less than five. Steyn is one of the best bowlers in the world and can dismantle any batting attack on his day.
4. Babar Azam – Batsman, Pakistan
Babar Azam was Pakistan’s answer for Virat Kohli. So it was thought, but with a recent dip in form, Azam hasn’t been reaching the levels we all thought he would. But it was good to see Azam bat in the third ODI. He looked confident and was slowly hitting the right blocks for his half-century. Azam may be just getting into form and could prove vital for your Fantasy Cricket team.
Stats and trivia:
- South Africa have never lost a Pink ODI in history.
- Pakistan were South Africa’s opponents in the latter’s first-ever Pink ODI back in 2013. Five players from that match – Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, Mohammad Hafeez, and Shoaib Malik – will be turning out on Sunday
411 – Hashim Amla has scored 411 runs at Wanderers. He needs to score 89 to reach 500 runs at the Wanderers, entering the top five of the list of ODI runscorers at a ground where he is also just four runs shy of the record for most Test runs.
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).