Can the away side secure a maiden series victory?
Where: Port Elizabeth
When: 08.00 (GMT)
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Pakistan and South Africa will clash at Port Elizabeth, the 14th time the teams have met in the past year, a staggering amount for two sides.
In that time they have played out several epic games and the second of the current series is predicted to be no different.
After struggling in the UAE, Pakistan pulled off a victory in their last two matches in South Africa, breaching the hosts’ fortress to complete a unique Cape Town double and taking a lead in the three-ODI series.
Again, it was the batting that let both sides down in the first ODI. Pakistan were restricted by a disciplined South African attack, leaving their bowlers with a below-par total to defend, but they were up to the task.
South Africa are still figuring out how to get their combinations right, now that Jacques Kallis has rejoined their ODI set-up. Pakistan will see it as the ideal opportunity to push for a maiden series win against them. Pakistan also need to put on bigger partnerships, but with an attack that gives them the edge this could be a chance for them to spoil South Africa’s milestone match.
South Africa: (likely) 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Graeme Smith, 3 Quinton de Kock (wk) 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 JP Duminy, 7 David Miller/Ryan McLaren, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 and 10 Dale Steyn/Morne Morkel/Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Imran Tahir
Pakistan may not want to make too many changes to a winning XI but could still tinker with their batting as they try to post better totals. If they choose to leave out Nasir Jamshed, who has struggled to construct long innings, Mohammad Hafeez will have to open, which will mean facing Steyn. However, it would create room for Umar Amin or Asad Shafiq in the middle order.
Pakistan: (likely) 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Mohammad Hafeez , 4 Sohaib Maqsood 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Bilawal Bhatti, 9 Anwar Ali, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan
Stats and trivia
South Africa have won 18 of the 27 ODIs they have played at St Georges’ Park. The last time they lost there was in November 2009 against England, but since then they have only played two ODIs there.
Pakistan have the record for the highest score in an ODI at this ground. They piled on 335 for 6 in December 2002, a match they won by 182 runs. Saleem Elahi and Abdul Razzaq, who had to return home from this tour with a hamstring injury, scored centuries.