South Africa vs. Pakistan 2021
3rd ODI – Wed, 7th April
Scintillating South Africa:
South Africa, the hosts, will be devoid of David Miller and Quinton de Kock for the final ODI. Their star triad of Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi has also left for the IPL, reducing their chances of a series win.
Nevertheless, the Proteas have a couple of brilliant youngsters in Kyle Verrynne and Lutho Sipamla to fill the void. Pakistan’s top-3 batsmen are in great form, but there is a massive question mark around the remainder of the batting.
South Africa has naught to lose and all the reason to try and win without men that are seen as deserting their national team. That can be a significant element as well.
Possible playing XI: Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Kyle Verrynne (WK), Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sisanda Magala, Temba Bavuma (C), Tabriaz Shamsi, Heinrich Klaasen, Lutho Sipamla and Junior Dala.
Although the series is equally poised, Pakistan should be the more contented of the two teams going into the final game. They are on the edge of clinching a remarkable series win, with the likes of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam firing on all cylinders.
Although their bowling line-up has appeared a touch raw for the opportunity, Pakistan has given a decent account of themselves in the series so far. The perimeter of the loss that Pakistan endured in the second game was not very much in the end, but that was only down to Fakhar Zaman’s talent.
Possible playing XI: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali/Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The third and last ODI between Pakistan and South Africa will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion on 7th April Wednesday.
As seen in the last game in Centurion, the wicket is a great one to bat on with certain assistance offered for the speedsters as well. Though there isn’t much turn on the bid, the spin bowlers should preferably have a say in the match. Extra bounce and variations will be vital for the bowlers, despite the batters relishing the ball coming onto the bat. Both sides will want to chase upon winning the toss, with 285-295 being average at this venue.
We are factoring in a substantial drop in South Africa’s performance as of their absent players, but we don’t certainly think that is going to happen. The players walking in are brilliant and have savoured international cricket already. They will relish this chance to make a dent in home conditions. Also, Pakistan’s skewed batting line-up makes us apprehensive.
Thus, wise to South Africa have better odds of 2.10, whereas Pakistan is at 1.74. Pakistan can still be dangerous considering Fakhar Zaman’s last innings.