What: South Africa vs. Pakistan, Second One Day International
Where: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
When: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. GMT
Live Stream/TV info: SuperSport 2
Weather: The bad news is that there is rain forecast for the match on Tuesday according to Accuweather. Although the weather does change quickly in coastal regions, it won't change quickly enough to change the forecast. The weather is expected to clear by the afternoon, so it's more than likely that a truncated game awaits.
Pakistan have a chance to do something quite incredible, provided the weather behaves itself. They have the opportunity to win their first ever one-day series against South Africa. They need to win just one out of two games in order to do so while the pressure is on the hosts to win two on the bounce.
Pakistan weren't entirely convincing in their clash at Newlands on Sunday, though. They stumbled to 131-7 before South Africa allowed them to make it to 218-9 as South Africa leaked runs in the last 10 overs. In those 10 overs, bowlers conceded double digits twice—something they had not done once in the match before.
South Africa missed the control of Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Ryan McLaren, something which AB de Villiers admitted in a press conference attended by Bleacher Report. He also hinted that Dale Steyn might not play all the one-day games since South Africa need him fit for their upcoming Test summer. That might mean that there are a few changes to the team, Vernon Philander could make way for McLaren while Steyn could drop out for Tsotsobe.
Whether the match is truncated or not, South Africa's top and middle order will have to come to the party. They struggled to put together significant partnerships on Sunday with just two players—Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy—crossing the 20-run mark.
Pakistan have the momentum, but whether they actually have the nerve and temperament remains to be seen.
It is highly like that Tsotsobe will be back; he missed out due to being ill with flu and if he has recovered, his impetus with the new ball will be key to peg Pakistan back. Now that the Proteas have had a proper look at Pakistan's newest recruits—Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali—they won't allow them to get away again like they did in the first game.
Saeed Ajmal's spin suffocated South Africa in the first match. There was just one boundary off his bowling and nobody managed to make more than two runs off him. Port Elizabeth tends to be a bit stickier than Cape Town, so his stifling efforts will be vital.
AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Amin,Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal,Abdur Rehman, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti.