The second ODI between Pakistan and South Africa is all set to take place at the Wanderers on Sunday.
Pakistan edged the hosts in a closely contested game earlier in the week, courtesy of a sensational Babar Azam century. Although they did complicate things in the end, Pakistan would be pleased with the result. Incidentally, they are on the verge of a series win over the Proteas heading into the second ODI. Pakistan will need their bowlers, especially Shaheen Afridi, to come to the fore if they are to clinch a historic series win.
South Africa did give a good account of themselves in the first game, with Anrich Nortje picking up four wickets in the middle overs. But there's still some room for improvement and a lot is riding on the shoulders of Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma in the top-order.
Although both teams look evenly matched on paper, Pakistan might have the upper hand, given their winning momentum. Nevertheless, an entertaining game of cricket beckons, with both teams eyeing a crucial win at the Wanderers on Sunday.
Squads to choose from
Temba Bavuma (c), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sisanda Magala, Wiaan Mulder, Lizaad Williams, Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verrynne, Beuran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla and Daryn Dupavillon
Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.
Predicted Playing XIs
Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabriaz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi
Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Danish Aziz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf
Match: South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI
Date & Time: 4th April 2021, at 1:30 PM IST
Venue: The Wanderers, Johannesburg
The pitch at the Wanderers should play similar to the one at Centurion, with loads of runs on offer for the batsmen. There should be extra bounce on offer for the bowlers to make use of, making for an even contest between bat and ball. Wickets in hand will be key for either side, with 270 being a par total at the venue. Upon winning the toss, both teams will ideally look to bat first, but the conditions shouldn't change much during the game.
South Africa vs Pakistan Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Babar Azam, Rassie van der Dussen, Fakhar Zaman, Andile Phehlukwayo, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Shaheen Afridi
Captain: Quinton de Kock. Vice-captain: Kagiso Rabada
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Quinton de Kock, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Temba Bavuma, Fakhar Zaman, Andile Phehlukwayo, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Shaheen Afridi
Captain: Quinton de Kock. Vice-captain: Mohammad Rizwan