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21 Jan 2019 by Rob Esteva

South Africa vs Pakistan – 2nd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When is South Africa vs Pakistan taking place? Tuesday, 22nd January, 11:00

Where South Africa vs Pakistan taking place? Durban

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Pakistan? Temperatures of 25-27c with sunshine forecast all day

What channel is South Africa vs Pakistan on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream South Africa vs Pakistan? South Africa vs Pakistan will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Are tickets still available for South Africa vs Pakistan? https://www.viagogo.co.uk/Spor...

LAST MEETING
Pakistan beat South Africa by 5 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

Captain: Faf du Plessis

  • South Africa were disappointing in the first ODI as they succumbed to a five-wicket defeat to the tourists as their 266/2 batting first was below par and Pakistan managed to overcome that total in the final over.
  • The partnership between Amla and Van der Dussen of 155 was exceptional but it took almost 30 overs and the run rate of just over five runs per over was not enough especially given the fact that they had so many wickets in hand and big-hitters like Du Plessis in the pavilion.
  • They may keep faith with the same eleven that started the first match given that they did not play particularly poorly as it was more a case of getting their tactics wrong so they could well be unchanged here.

PAKISTAN

Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

  • Pakistan picked up a vital win in the first one-day international to give them a much-needed boost in confidence after they were comprehensively beaten in the Test series and they will look to follow that up in Durban.
  • Pakistan have been notorious for changing their team around even in victory but there seems little reason to make any changes after the win in Port Elizabeth and the only possible change could be Faheem Ashraf making way for Shan Masood.
  • The ability to call upon part-time bowlers such as Mohammad Hafeez or Fakhar Zaman was somewhat invaluable and will likely be vital here too to change things around and not allow the South African batsmen to settle.

THE PREDICTION

Pakistan set a marker down in the first match as they won by five wickets and arguably had something to spare after they restricted the hosts to just 266. They were much more ambitious with their batting and their batsmen played their shots with much more confidence than the South Africans. The hosts will have to re-evaluate their approach with their top order having to take more changes here. Much will depend on how this pitch plays, but one would expect it to have good pace that offers something to the quicker bowlers, but also encourage batsmen to play their shots. South Africa will be more ambitious and should be able to level the series here.

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