Despite a struggling start to the series against South Africa in their own backyard, Pakistan aim to bounce back in the third and final Test match of the series after being 2-0 down.
Following the Test match series, Pakistan will then play a 5-match ODI match series against South Africa where the Greens have the chance to overtake their opponents in the ICC rankings.
Currently, Pakistan are ranked 5th with 102 points whereas South Africa sit one position above the Greens with 111 points. Here’s the complete breakdown of how the points tally will look after each scenario of the 5-match ODI series:
|Scenarios||South Africa Points||Pakistan Points|
|South Africa win 5-0||115||98|
|South Africa win 4-1||113||99|
|South Africa win 3-2||111||101|
|Pakistan win 3-2||109||103|
|Pakistan win 4-1||107||105|
|Pakistan win 5-0||105||108|
Pakistan has fallen off the pace in recent times in the ODI format and it is evident from the fact that Greens still won’t be able to overtake South Africa even after winning the series 4-1.
In order for Pakistan to climb to the 4th spot after the series, they would have to ensure a flawless performances and whitewash the South Africans in their own backyard.
Despite it being a difficult task, Pakistan can take some comfort in knowing that they delivered a remarkable performance the last time they traveled to South Africa in 2013-14.
Pakistan lost the T20I series due to D/L method whereas won the ODI series 2-1 which included a dramatic 1 run victory in the 2nd ODI.
The signs are there that Pakistan can manage to disrupt the South Africans. But to register a whitewash in their own backyard? We will have to wait and see.