What: South Africa vs. Pakistan, fifth ODI
Where: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
When: Monday, 11 November 2013, 11:00 a.m. BST
Live Stream/TV info: PTV Sport
Weather: As has been the case for most of the series, hot weather is forecast for the final ODI. Accuweather suggests temperatures of up to 32 degrees Celsius.
After winning the fourth ODI by 28 runs, South Africa wrapped up a series win, meaning the final match in Sharjah is a dead rubber. This provides an interesting conundrum for the visitors, who might be tempted to rest some of their senior players and field some of their youngsters instead.
The Proteas finally clicked in the last game, with a fine century from Quinton de Kock setting the foundation for a solid total. Once again, though, there were a few blips towards the middle of their batting, and they struggled to get going in the middle overs. They lost three wickets for just 16 runs in the middle overs, something which will need whipping into shape and which might entice them to stick with the current formula.
Pakistan, meanwhile, had a similar collapse engineered by Dale Steyn, who took career-best figures of five for 25. Steyn is the one player who the South African management might seriously consider resting. The pace ace has struggled with a few injury niggles as of late, and with a Test series against India coming up later in the year it is imperative for him to remain fit.
The series has been tightly contested, largely thanks to both teams' struggles with the bat. Pakistan are very much playing for pride, while the Proteas are in search of confidence. The series might have been decided, but there's still plenty at stake for both teams in terms of their team make-up.
Junaid Khan has played just one of the ODIs, and although he managed just two wickets, he was very impressive in spells. At 23 years of age, Khan has a whole career to develop into a fine bowler. A little bit of extra time in the middle in the short format will do him the world of good.
The selection of David Miller hasn't come off this series yet, but he is one of the finest finishers in the game and will want to prove that. The Sharaj pitch will be slightly more batsman-friendly, it's just up to the players to take advantage of it.
Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Amin, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk).
AB de Villiers (c/wk), Hashim Amla, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
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