South Africa vs. Pakistan 2021 : HOSTS NEED TO KEEP IT TIGHT || 2nd ODI
South Africa vs. Pakistan 2021
2nd ODI – Sun, 4th April
South Africa Need to Settle:
South Africa battled tough in Centurion’s first game, twice scratching off the ground to put up toe to toe with Pakistan. But they couldn’t get their game-changer for the day.
There’s still some room for progress, with a lot of racing on the shoulders of Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock in the top order. Rassie van der Dussen notched a brilliant 134-ball 123, and David Miller complemented him very well.
Nevertheless, the Proteas did give a decent account of themselves, with Anrich Nortje taking four wickets in the middle overs. Their fast bowlers couldn’t do the same damage with the new ball. And from there, South Africa felt an opportunity. That hyped pace line-up of Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo took it to the last ball.
Possible playing XI: Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabriaz Shamsi, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada, Temba Bavuma (C), Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi.
Pakistan was experiencing a right old giggle to themselves about how in a target of 273, they went from 186 for one to 256 for six and then needing three off the last two deliveries. Faheem Ashraf, calmness personified, even had the cheek for a leave.
Such escapades do little for Pakistan’s status for chaos and incompetence, however. They should have won at a gallop.
Babar Azam, magnificent as ever, hit a splendid ton. He is the superstar of an extraordinary batting line up. Pakistan went strong on pace linking Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and the trio Hasnain. Rauf, despite two wickets, was a little expensive.
Possible playing XI: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Danish Aziz, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The second ODI game between South Africa and Pakistan will be played at the Wanderers on 4th April Sunday.
The wicket at the Wanderers should play comparable to the one in Centurion with lots of runs on the bid for the batters. There should be extra bounce accessible for the pace bowlers to make use of, making for equal competition between bat and ball. Wickets in hand will be crucial for both teams, with 275 being a par total at this ground. Upon winning the toss, both sides will preferably look to bat first, although the situations shouldn’t change much during the match.
Setback in game one has tested South Africa’s uphill tick. After a miserable World Cup wrecked by injuries, they took a tie of England at home and then defeated Australia three-zero. It’s a new start with Temba Bavuma, the new captain.
Bavuma should be certain they can bounce back, although few supporters would agree they are worth doing so at the odds of 1.57, especially with that recent toss bias. Pakistan is at the odds of 2.40. With such a strong new-ball line-up, the tourists are valuable of trade at such odds.