Pakistan vs. South Africa, 4th ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Pakistan vs. South Africa, 4th ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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South Africa and Pakistan continue their seesaw contest on Friday after the Proteas won the third ODI in Abu Dhabi to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

 

What: South Africa vs. Pakistan, fourth ODI
Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
When: Friday, 8 November 2013, 11:00 a.m. BST

Live Stream/TV info: PTV Sport

Weather: As has been the case for most of the series, it's going to be hot, hot, hot. AccuWeather forecasts temperatures of up to 32 degrees.

 

Overview

The two sides have both been up and down, but South Africa probably have a slight bit more confidence after their victory and with Dale Steyn back in the side.

Graeme Smith has been sent home with post concussion syndrome, leaving Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to commandeer the top order. De Kock played a handy knock in the third game, but will need to improve on his patience to ensure the rest of the players have a foundation to build from.

The rest of the batting still hasn't clicked, but luckily for South Africa, neither did Pakistan's on Wednesday. Despite Ahmed Shehzad looking in very good touch for a brief while, he forgot to use his feet and so the Pakistan collapse begun.

The two sides have played a lot of cricket against each other, which adds to the intrigue of the contest. They know each other's plans, and with both batting sides completely unpredictable, it makes it enjoyable to watch since both sides' batsmen have a lot to prove. 

The venue remains the same so the sides know what to expect. It should be another feisty fight for the batsmen who have mostly been woeful this series. 

 

Key men

Pakistan

Mohammad Irfan had spells of brilliance and spells of frustration in the third ODI, but he proved again that he has what it takes when it comes to keeping his lines tight. If he can find a little bit more consistency, Irfan will be devastating.

 

South Africa

Hashim Amla was undone by a terrific yorker from Mohammad Irfan in the third one-day international, and while Pakistan clearly have a plan in place for him, lighting doesn't strike twice. Amla probably now knows what to look out for. He's such an integral part of the top order, especially with Graeme Smith now out of the side. It will be up to Amla to ensure the Proteas set a solid foundation.

 

Squads

Pakistan

Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-Ul-Haq (c), Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk).

 

South Africa

AB de Villiers (c/wk), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), 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.

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