Despite an absorbing contest, the focus shifted to non-cricketing matters at the end of the second One Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and South Africa. Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz allegedly made “racial” comments against Andile Phehlukwayo during the tense chase.
While Sarfaraz might be penalized for the on-field taunt, he has already issued an apology, saying that it was unintentional and came out of frustration.
With series squared at 1-1, both the teams would like to move on and get a handy lead in the ODI series.
Venue: Super Sports Park, Centurion
Timings: 4:00 pm Pakistan Standard Time – Day/Night
The pitch is expected to favor run-scoring, however, it will keep the fast bowlers interested as there will be some spice in the pitch early in the innings. The team winning the toss is likely to bat first and put runs on the board.
Pakistan may not tinker much with the batting line-up, however, the team management might replace the out-of-form Faheem Ashraf with Mohammad Amir to strengthen the bowling attack. The team already has a number of all-rounders including Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, and Hussain Talat. With no penalty on Sarfaraz announced yet, he will be leading the side.
Pakistan Probable XI
1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (wk), 7 Shadab Khan 8 Hussain Talat, 9 Fahim Ashraf/Mohammad Amir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi
Quinton de Kock, Dale Steyn, and Beuran Hendricks are likely to slot into the playing XI for the third ODI.
South Africa Probable XI
1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Faf du Plessis (c), 5 David Miller, 6 Reeza Hendricks, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Tabraiz Shamsi, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Beuran Hendricks
In the last five encounters, Pakistan has won three while South Africa came out victorious twice. Winning the 2nd ODI would have given the hosts more confidence to push for a 2-1 lead and get the things in order for the much-hyped Cricket World Cup 2019.
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