What: South Africa vs. Pakistan, Second One Day International
Where: SuperSport Park, Centurion
When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 8 a.m. GMT
Live Stream/TV info: SuperSport 2
Weather: It's thunderstorm season in Gauteng and there is some dubious weather forecast in spots, according to Accuweather. The storms won't be significant enough to call off play, though. Rain and thunder in the region is usually isolated and passes after a few hours. Once it clears, it will be hot and humid.
Pakistan made history midweek when they beat South Africa by one run at St. George's Park. The win sealed Pakistan's first ever bilateral ODI series against South Africa, and they also became the first Asian team to win an ODI series in South Africa.
For the Proteas, it was another surfacing of the C-word, when everything unravelled towards the end of the game.
The South Africans have now lost eight out of the 10 games in which they have chased this year. They only have pride left to play for in the final ODI, but they will have to do so without the services of Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn. Both players have been rested due to minor niggles. Morne Morkel—who missed out on the second game—could return for Steyn, but who replaces Kallis is far more complicated.
Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander are the only two other excess players in the squad, leaving the selectors with an interesting dynamic. The absence of Kallis will put even more pressure on the prowess of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, since there is no anchor middle-order batsman to replace him.
No additional members have been added to the squad and South Africa will be forced to pack their side with an extra bowler instead. The Proteas have never suffered a clean sweep in ODIs on home turf and face a tough test to avoid a whitewash.
Pakistan won the ODI they played at this ground earlier in the year and will be full of confidence following their two wins on the trot. For the first time in a while, Pakistan are favourites facing South Africa.
Over reliance on individual players does no one any good, but AB de Villiers has been in outstanding form for the hosts. He is now the leading run-scorer across all formats of international cricket, and his scintillating innings in PE—although in a losing cause—was simply phenomenal.
If De Villiers can replicate some of that energy and anchor the middle order, he'll be key.
Junaid Khan continues to improve as a bowler, and he was outstanding at the death for Pakistan on Wednesday.
The last time he played at Centurion, he picked up two wickets, including that of Graeme Smith. His prowess with the ball is a treat to watch and the surface in Centurion should suit him quite well.
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
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