Pumped Up Pakistan Eyes Historic Series Win Against South Africa

After a clinical victory in the fourth ODI, that too in the absence of their skipper, Pakistani teams is pumped up to register their second consecutive series win in South Africa – a feat which no Asian team has ever achieved.

After all the drama during the series, Green Shirts bounced back even more forcefully and thumped the Proteas in Pink, which was also a first in history.

After a one-sided Test series, the visitors’ batting line finally felt their feet on the ground.



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South Africa, on the flip side, have been quite unsettled – mainly due to their experiments with the team selection with World Cup 2019 in focus. In search of a ‘right combination,’ the Proteas rested Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn for the first two matches and then left out in-form paceman Duanne Olivier for the rest of the games.

With all the odds working in favor, Pakistan has a golden opportunity to create history by lifting an ODI trophy against the Proteas for the second time on the trot.


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Match Details

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Timings: 4:00 pm Pakistan Standard Time – Day/Night

The pitch is expected to assist fast bowlers in the first hour and will start turning later on. The team winning the toss is likely to bat first and put runs on the board.

Team News

Pakistan: Though Pakistan has not tested in-form Shan Masood and Mohammad Abbas with the white ball as yet, it seems unlikely, as Men in Green might not want to disturb the winning combination from the Wanderers.

Probable XI: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan.
South Africa: Wiaan Mulder has been called up for the series-decider. He might find a way in place of either Andile Phehlukwayo or Beuran Hendricks. Tahir, on the other hand, was docile against Pakistan in the last two games he played. He might pave way for Tabraiz Shamsi for the final.
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo/Wiaan Mulder, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir/Tabraiz Shamsi