Pakistan tour of South Africa 2018-19: South Africa vs Pakistan, 5th ODI- Preview & Prediction
The stage is set for an exciting final ODI at Cape Town between South Africa and Pakistan. We can anticipate another epic encounter when we witness two giants in limited-overs cricket take on each other for one last bout as the series is wonderfully poised at 2-2.
Pakistan have made an immediate impact after the ban imposed on their regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, under Shoaib Malik's stewardship.
In the 4th ODI, the Pakistani bowlers put on a show with their lethal pace attack and bundled the home side for just 164 runs on the board. Shaheen Afridi took two crucial wickets upfront, of Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks. Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim then launched the attack on the middle order batsmen. Usman Khan then came back in his second spell to torment the hosts, taking four wickets in the process.
The Proteas have not played up to their full potential in the home conditions and found it hard to stamp their authority this series. With the ICC World Cup 2019 in sight, the Proteas find themselves under pressure to prove a point.
South Africa need to bat really well against the quality attack of Pakistan if they want to win this decider. Their bowlers have arrived to the party more often than not, but its the batters who have let them down in this series. On the contrary, if Pakistan play sensible cricket in the fifth ODI, they can well and for sure achieve a feat no other Asian team has managed to; to become the first Asian outfit to win two consecutive ODI series against the Proteas on their own soil. In 2013, Misbah-ul-Haq led them to their first ever ODI series win in South Africa.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the game.
Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Time: 04:30 PM IST
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
League: Pakistan tour of South Africa 2018-19
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: SonyLiv
South Africa: L-W-W-L
Total matches – 40
Matches won batting first – 28
Matches won bowling first – 12
Average 1st Inns scores – 235
Average 2nd Inns scores – 186
Highest total recorded – 367/5 (50 Ov) by RSA vs. SL
Lowest total recorded – 43/10 (19.5 Ov) by PAK vs. WI
Highest score chased – 258/7 (50 Ov) by RSA vs. NZ
Lowest score defended – 140/9 (50 Ov) by RSA vs. WI
- Hassan Ali can come in to replace Imad Wasim.
- Shoaib Malik will lead Pakistan team in Sarfraz’s absence.
- Imran Tahir could be replaced as he was ineffective in the last ODI.
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik(c), Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Imad Wasim, Usman Khan
Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks
- Hasan Ali
- Babar Azam
- Shoaib Malik
- Hashim Amla
- David Miller
- Quinton de Kock
Probable playing XI
Shoaib Malik (C), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Shinwari, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and Reeza Hendricks.