Pakistan and South Africa continue their ODI series in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, with the Proteas currently leading the series 1-0 thanks to their tense one-run win in the first game.
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date: Friday, November 1 2013
Start time: 11 a.m. GMT
Live on: PTV Sport
Weather: According to Accuweather, there is no chance of rain in Dubai. Instead, it will be sunny and very warm, with temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees Celsius.
This ODI series began with a bang on Wednesday, with South Africa improbably pulling off a one-run win when all looked lost.
The Proteas had limped to 183 all out in their innings, thanks in large part to 56 from No. 8 Wayne Parnell and 37 from all-rounder David Miller.
In reply, Pakistan had been cruising, and at one stage needed 19 runs from 55 balls with six wickets in hand.
Ahmed Shehzad scored 58 at the top of the order, but captain Misbah-ul-Haq was the only other Pakistani batsman to pass 30 as his team collapsed.
South Africa’s recovery was led by spinner Imran Tahir, playing his first ODI in two-and-a-half-years, who took three wickets in the space of 11 balls.
Tahir finished with 3-45 from his 10 overs, while Parnell took 3-41. Opening bowlers Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe took two apiece.
The series now moves to Dubai, where Pakistan will be hoping to eradicate the bad memories from that first game and gain a foothold in the series.
Pakistan (from): Misbah-ul-Haq (capt) Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed
South Africa (from): AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
In the first game, Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad scored 58 from 92 balls to nearly lead his side home, and he will need to produce another good score for his side in this game.
In his young international career, Shehzad has shown a great potential to build large scores, and if he does so again at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium it will be of enormous help to his team.
AB de Villiers
He may have only scored four runs in the first ODI, but Proteas captain AB de Villiers remains a key player in the middle order.
Batting at No. 5 last time out, de Villiers struggled enormously with the spin of Saeed Ajmal, but if he can find a way to combat the off-spinner he will put his side in a very strong position.
Pakistan remain wildly inconsistent, so it may be that they dominate this match or implode as they did in the previous game, when a win looked certain.
South Africa will hope their victory can spark some momentum in this series, but if their batting fails again it will make things much harder.
However, expect the Proteas to get it right and take a 2-0 series lead.