Johannesburg: Pakistan and South Africa will face each other in the third one day international match on Sunday at The Wanderers Stadium, with both green shirts and Proteas equaled in the series by 1-1.
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan, who took four wickets in the second One Day International against South Africa, is suffering from a hamstring injury may miss the third ODI.
Pakistan eleven has convincingly won the second one day international against South Africa after chasing a target of 192 runs for the loss of four wickets. The series has been leveled 1-1 after this match.
The Pakistani batsmen played responsibly while chasing a target of 192 runs as their past records were not good regarding their chase against a target.
Misbahul Haq was the leading run-scorer for the green shirts as he scored 57 runs followed by Shoaib Malik 35, Younus Khan 32 and Mohammad Hafeez 31.
The South African bowlers took early wickets of Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal but the partnerships shared by Misbah with Younus and Shoaib Malik snatched the match from their hand.
Peterson was the most successful bowler for the hosts as he took two wickets while McLaren and Dale Steyn shared one wicket each.
Pakistani bowlers failed to stop the flow of runs from the South African batsmen, helping them to score 315 for the loss of four wickets.
Except Misbahul Haq and Shahid Afridi, none of the Pakistani batsmen was able to enter into 30’s.
After the failure, the Pakistani team management held a brainstorming session for the senior players, where all of them were asked to give suggestions for the betterment of the team.
The senior players were also asked to boost up the morale of other players after the team had failed to perform on the tour and was only able win a single T20.
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq has hinted that the team would play the match with three fast bowlers, inducting one bowler which could possibly be Mohammad Irfan or Wahab Riaz.
The captain also said that some changes might also take place in the team, giving chances to those youngsters who had given performances in the domestic circuit of the country.
On the other hand, South Africa, which is considered one of the dangerous teams of the ODI, is targeting a win in the third match to further pressurize the hosts.
The batting line of the Proteas is strengthened with the presence of Hashim Amla, Greame Smith, AB de Villiers and Colin Ingram while the bowline lineup will be boosted with the return of Dayle Steyn, who took 20 wickets against Pakistan in the three test matches.
Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers(w/c), Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Kyle Abbott, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, David Miller, Aaron Phangiso
Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal(w/c), Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Irfan, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz