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Unsuccessful ODI chase despite 150 & Plus


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Player RunsDescending Mins BF 4s 6s SR Inns Opposition Ground Start Date

Fakhar Zaman (PAK) 193 224 155 18 10 124.51 2 v South Africa

SR Tendulkar (INDIA) 175 210 141 19 4 124.11 2 v Australia Hyderabad

DA Warner (AUS) 173 218 136 24 0 127.20 2 v South Africa

CH Gayle (WI) 162 - 97 11 14 167.01 2 v England

TM Dilshan (SL) 160 186 124 20 3 129.03 2 v India Rajkot

RG Sharma (INDIA) 150 215 133 13 6 112.78 2 v South Africa

S Chanderpaul (WI) 149* 233 136 16 3 109.55 2 v India

E Lewis (WI) 148 196 122 15 4 121.31 2 v Sri Lanka
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07-APR-2021, 01:30 PM
3rd ODI, Centurion, Apr 7 2021,

Pakistan tour of South Africa

PREVIEW

Pakistan, South Africa look to exploit other team's weaknesses in ODI series decider

Middle-order concerns for Pakistan while South Africa will field a brand-new pace attack

Finale moves back to Centurion, where the first ODI was held

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Two matches, two high-octane finishes, with two centuries from two players who needed big numbers to their names, and one spirit-of-the-game debate that will keep us talking long after the dust settles on Wednesday. With honours even, the third match is a finale in the truest sense and will decide who earns a series win.

For South Africa, this is the chance to claim a third trophy in nine series under coach Mark Boucher, and a second this summer. For Pakistan, it's the opportunity to win a series against a top-seven ODI team for the first time since 2013 when they beat South Africa at home. Both teams could also use World Cup Super League points, but South Africa will have to try to get them without almost half of their first-choice team.

Five key players - Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi - have left the squad for the IPL which means a complete change to the pace pack and the absence of the chief protagonist in the controversy. de Kock will not be around to take in the conversation around whether his gesturing to the non-striker's end when Fakhar Zaman was run out at his ends amounted to wilful deceit. Both Zaman and the match officials didn't think so and to them, at least, the matter is closed. So is the question of whether Pakistan would have successfully chased 342. They didn't get there but showed enough fight and will fancy their chances against a less-experienced South African attack in the decider.

With the three main quicks gone, South Africa will lose out on the combined experience of 114 ODI caps. The replacements, likely to be Lutho Sipamla, Daryn Dupavillon and one of Beuran Hendricks or Junior Dala have a total of 14 caps between them, so Pakistan could see that as a potential area to exploit.

Form guide

South Africa WLWWW (last five completed ODIs, most recent first)
Pakistan LWLWW

This was never expected to be a series for spinners with only one wicket between Tabraiz Shamsi and Shadab Khan and with the latter ruled out with injury, it's the former that's under our microscope. Shamsi shot from the hip in defence of de Kock and got into a few Twitter tangles, but those are not kinds of webs he'll want to be weaving. Shamsi has been South Africa's second-most expensive bowler so far and will want to show he can play a holding role if required.
Otherwise, Shamsi will know that Keshav Maharaj, who enjoyed strong domestic returns over the past two summers, is an alternative South Africa may want to consider in more seamer-friendly conditions.

With Nortje away at the IPL, Haris Rauf has the opportunity to finish as the series' leading wicket-taker. He currently has five to his name, two behind Nortje's seven, and has made breakthroughs at crucial times. In the first ODI, Rauf got rid of David Miller immediately after he reached fifty; in the second, he accounted for both de Kock and Temba Bavuma as they went in search of boundaries. Thought Rauf has been more expensive than he might like - both he and Mohammad Hasnain have conceded at 6.3 runs an over - he has taken a wicket every four overs, while Hasnain only has one in every ten. After four ODIs, Rauf looks like a player who could create a regular spot for himself in Pakistan's XI.

Janneman Malan is likely to replace Quinton de Kock

South Africa will have to make five changes to their XI - two in the top six and the entire pace pack - following the departure of players to the IPL. That will mean a new opening partner for Aiden Markram with Janneman Malan getting an opportunity after many considered him unlucky to miss out in the first place. Kyle Verreynne will replace David Miller with Heinrich Klaasen likely to remain at No. 6 and take over the wicketkeeping duties. South Africa's big conundrum is how to make up for the absence of Rabada, Ngidi and Nortje. Sipamla and Dupavillon are expected to slot in and a decision is to be made between left-armer Hendricks and a second spinner in Maharaj.

South Africa (probable): 1 Aiden Markram, 2 Janneman Malan, 3 Temba Bavuma (capt), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 Kyle Verreynne, 6 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Beuran Hendricks/Keshav Maharaj, 9 Daryn Dupavillon, 10 Lutho Sipamla, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Pakistan have one enforced change after Khan was ruled out of the tour with a toe injury. Usman Qadir will step into his place. They may also make a change to their No. 6 position, with Asif Ali's scores of 19 and 2 necessitating a switch. Haider Ali could earn his third ODI cap. Hasan Ali, who was declared fit ahead of the series but has yet to play a game, could also be called on, likely in place of Hasnain.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Danish Aziz, 6 Asif Ali/Haider Ali, 7 Usman Qadir, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Hasnain/Hasan Ali, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf

The series moves back to Centurion where the early morning conditions offered something for the quicks and batting eased out later in the day. The slightly cooler and wetter weather may narrow that gap, with rain expected overnight and at some point on the game day. The temperature will hove in the upper and mid-20s as the season changes.

Stats and trivia

Imam-ul-Haq could become the second-fastest player to 2000 ODI runs. He is currently on 1909 from 42 innings, two innings behind Hashim Amla and three ahead of Zaheer Abbas. Earlier in the series, Babar Azam became the fourth-fastest to 2000 runs, in 45 innings.

The last time South Africa lost a series decider was in 2015 in Bangladesh. Since then they have won 13 out of 16 bilateral ODI series, including beating New Zealand (2015 & 2017), India (2015), England (2016), Australia (2018) and Pakistan (2019) in the final match of a series.

Quotes
It's a massive loss but in saying that, it's an opportunity for the guys that are on the fringes. In 2023, we are going to play a World Cup. We want to see if our big names get injured, that we've got someone who can step up.
Charl Langeveldt chooses to see the silver lining after the loss of five first-choice players

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SA have won toss have opted
Fielding in Desider vs Pak
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Dussen not playing with injury this is big Blow for SA koz most popular player who played in 2nd ODI Already in india for IPL including

Kock/Miller/Rabada/Nortje/etc
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4 changes in pak team vs 8 changes in SA team

Sarfarz
Hasan Ali
Qadir
M. Nawaz

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Pakistan 320/7
Fakhar Zaman 101,Imam 57, Babar 94,Hasan Ali 11 ball 32*
Markram 10/0/48/2,K. Maharaj
10/1/45/3.Smuts & Andy @ wkt. Each.

Hasan/Babar 63 in last 4 over
Pak 257/6 :46 over
Pak 320/7 : 50 over
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319 for 6 by SA is highest vs Eng is successful run chase at supersports park here.

SA lost Markram
70/1 off 12 overs
Janeman on 38* & Smuts on 16*
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166/5
31st over in progress, SA out of the game

J. Malan 70,Verreynne 62,PhehLukwayo 54
M. Nawaz & Afridi 3 wkts each
Rauf 2 wkts (10 in 3 match)

Pak won by 28 runs won series 2/1.

Babar M. O. M
F. Zaman player of series
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SA team for 4 t20I vs Pak

Squad: Heinrich Klaasen (c), Bjorn Fortuin, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Wiaan Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne, Pite van Biljon, Daryn Dupavillon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Wihan Lubbe.
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10-APR-2021, 06:00 PM
1st T20I, Johannesburg, Apr 10 2021

PREVIEW

Pakistan's opportunity to repeat home T20I heroics against depleted South Africa
Injuries and departures have derailed the hosts, while the visitors might bring in Sharjeel Khan and Haider Ali

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Given there is a certain other tournament that happens to coincide with this four-match series, South Africa against Pakistan at the Wanderers is unlikely to have global eyeballs fixed firmly upon it. One of the few T20I series longer than three games, it must have appeared, on paper, as the perfect appetizer ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year. These are two evenly-matched sides who have produced some of the most evenly-matched cricket in recent times, with the T20I series in Pakistan earlier in the year producing three enthralling clashes that had ebbs and flows usually only associated with cricket's longer formats.

When Pakistan edged South Africa out 2-1 two months back, South Africa's squad was severely depleted as they attempted to rest up for a then scheduled Test series against Australia that eventually never ended up taking place. However, the then visitors will have been buoyed by the performances of what was effectively a second-string XI, and must have been confident they would get their first-choice XI back in the return leg with a more seasoned side.


But this series' clash with the IPL has exacted a heavy toll on the South Africans, five of whom are in India at the moment. To make matters worse, injuries have struck a number of those waiting in the wings to replace them, with Temba Bavuma and Dwaine Pretorius - who famously took 5 for 17 in Lahore in February - both ruled out. Rassie van der Dussen is also a doubt, while Reeza Hendricks has withdrawn due to the birth of his child this week.

All this gives Pakistan a clear shot at stamping their authority in a country where their T20I series-winning streak ground to a halt in 2019, with the wheels coming off the hottest T20I run since the format's inception. Two years on, Pakistan are a shadow of that dominant unit but will fancy themselves to avenge that defeat with a squad that has no real injury issues of its own. Shadab Khan's absence is well covered by Usman Qadir, while Fakhar Zaman's ODI form has earned him a recall for this format. Mohammad Hafeez, one of the key absences for Pakistan in the home series in February, is also available.

The Pakistan bowlers likely to feature are mostly the same personnel who did the job in the ODI series, though should the visitors wrap this series up early, there might be the possibility of younger players being handed international experience. Nineteen-year-old Mohammad Wasim was one of the most impressive PSL prospects earlier this year, and is a part of the squad. As is Arshad Iqbal, who followed up a stellar PSL season last year with another distinguished campaign this time around. With the T20 World Cup fast approaching and the opposition down to bare bones before the series even begins, Pakistan may find they have the chance to flex their bench strength in a way few sides do in South Africa.

Form guide

(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan WLWWL
South Africa LWLLL


Kyle Verreynne will be looking to grab a spot in South Africa's T20I side

In the spotlight

Kyle Verreynne hasn't yet played a T20I match, but already seems like he will be one of the key hopes for this depleted South Africa side. The 23-year old has long been regarded as one of the stars of the future generation and in the few ODIs he has had the chance to play, he has shown why. His most recent game - the third ODI against Pakistan - saw him drag his side from a near-certain defeat to well within contention with a 53-ball 62. It is that sort of confidence in his abilities that has sparked comparisons with some of his more decorated countrymen over the years. His domestic T20 record isn't quite as impressive as his first-class numbers, but if he's looking to grab a spot in this side, this is an obvious chance.

Sharjeel Khan looks set to return to Pakistan colours for the first time in four years. Few selections have been as contentious or had as many points of interest as the inclusion of the left-hand opener. There have been questions about his past as well as his fitness, but despite all the baggage Sharjeel brings with him, there is a reason Pakistan's selectors have been so keen to welcome him back. Half a decade ago, he was among the most fearsome strikers of the ball, and that hasn't changed in all these years. A glimpse of his power was on display at the PSL, where only Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored more runs than him, though neither could match his strike rate of 170.94. Against this severely-depleted South Africa attack, expect Sharjeel to go in all guns blazing.

Team news

For South Africa, this squad inherently means an uncertain XI. van der Dussen's inclusion would be a major boost for an inexperienced middle order, while Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo and Wiaan Mulder have been called up as cover.

South Africa (possible): 1 Janneman Malan, 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Pite van Biljon, 4 Kyle Verreynne, 5 Heinrich Klaasen (capt & wk), 6 Andile Phehlukwayo, 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 George Linde, 9 Beuran Hendricks, 10 Lizaad Williams, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi/Daryn Dupavillon

Zaman, who wasn't a part of the original T20I squad, might slot back straight into the side, while Haider Ali might be included after being overlooked for the ODIs. It is unlikely Pakistan will line up with two spinners at the Wanderers, so Zahid Mehmood might miss out.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Sharjeel Khan/Fakhar Zaman, 2 Babar Azam (capt), 3 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 4 Haider Ali, 5 Mohammad Hafeez, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Hasan Ali, 9 Shaheen Afridi, 10 Haris Rauf/Mohammad Hasnain, 11 Usman Qadir

Pitch and conditions

This should be a high-scoring game, in line with the Wanderers' reputation. Inclement weather is unlikely to make its presence felt.

Stats and trivia


Mohammad Hafeez will become just the sixth player to feature in 100 T20Is should he play on Saturday. One Pakistani has achieved the feat so far - Shoaib Malik.
The Wanderers is the venue of South Africa's heaviest T20I defeat - a 107-run thumping against Australia last year.

Quotes

"They are a quality side. It's nice playing against them. We need to win this series to get back at them. They've played good cricket against us."
South Africa's wicketkeeper and stand-in captain Heinrich Klaasen knows Pakistan are a challenging side to play against

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