Pakistan v South Africa, 1st ODI, Sharjah October 29, 2013

Pakistan seek first series win against SA

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Match facts

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Start time 1500 local (1100 GMT)

Big Picture

Pakistan have never won a bilateral series against South Africa despite coming close a number of times. Four times out of six, the two teams have gone on to the last match with the fate of the series in the balance, only for South Africa to come out trumps every time. However, with their experienced limited-overs names back in the squad, Pakistan would feel they have a chance to topple a South African side not having its best year in ODIs.

South Africa have lost 10 out of their 18 matches this year, including a series against New Zealand at home and more recently, a series in Sri Lanka. It's the first time since 2004 that they have a win-loss ratio less than one. Pakistan, on the other hand, have beaten India, West Indies and Zimbabwe in bilateral series. Only four rating points separate the two teams and a series win will help Pakistan march ahead of South African and occupy the fifth place in ICC rankings.

There are obvious areas of concern for Pakistan. For a team that has played more than 20 matches this year, that only three of its batsmen have scored more than 300 runs reflects poorly on its batting. Misbah-ul-Haq has had a stellar year, but the young batsmen on whom Pakistan have invested haven't paid back yet. So it's another chance for players like Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed and Asad Shafiq to establish themselves.

South Africa have also struggled with their batting this year despite the presence of some experienced names and have asked Gary Kirsten to mentor the batsmen during the ODI series. If both teams' batting follows the trend, it could mean the bowlers will have a larger role to play in the series, especially the spinners, of whom Pakistan are likely to feature three in every game - Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi.

Form guide

(last five completed games most recent first)
Pakistan WWLWW
South Africa LLWLL

In the spotlight

Misbah-ul-Haq is the leading the ODI batting charts this year with 961 runs at an average of 60.06. He has scored 11 half-centuries this year, but has not been able to break the 128-match century drought. He can be destructive with the bat, but such opportunities do not come often, as he is mostly required to build the innings after a top-order collapse. He would hope that the home conditions in the UAE will help the batsmen ahead of him to at least set a platform for him in this series.

David Miller smashed an unbeaten 96 in his last competitive match, in the domestic one-day tournament six days ago. But he has shown in the ODIs recently that he also has the holding game that's required of a middle-order batsman from time to time. He is likely to get a good run in the UAE, but he will be tested against the trio of Pakistan spinners.

Team news

Pakistan have brought in a new set of players for the limited-overs leg, which means it will be an entirely different top order from what featured in Tests. Also, Umar Akmal is back in the squad after missing the Zimbabwe series. Another addition is the left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir, who could be included if Pakistan opt for a three-seamer attack.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammad Irfan

With Hashim Alma and Dale Steyn not available - Amla has returned home for the birth of his child and Steyn has asked for rest - South Africa are likely to induct a number of new joinees. AB de Villiers said on the eve of the match that he was looking for the "tactically right" combination to take a 1-0 lead, without revealing the plans.

South Africa (probable) 1 Colin Ingram/Quinton de Kock, 2 Graeme Smith, 3 JP Duminy, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 David Miller, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Ryan McLaren, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Stats and trivia

  • South Africa and Pakistan have played each other 63 times out of which Pakistan have won only 20 matches. The win-loss ratio of 0.47 is Pakistan's worst against any team
  • Misbah has faced 1334 deliveries in ODIs this year. Rohit Sharma is the only other batsman to have played more than 1000
  • Ryan McLaren is the leading wicket-taker this year for South African with 30 dismissals
  • 211 ODIs have been played at Sharjah. Pakistan have played in 112 of them, while South Africa have only played 10

Quotes

"He is a world class player, no doubt about that and he surprised everyone with the ball over the last few years and was the top bowler in the one-dayers. We have seen a lot of them and we are looking forward to the challenges here."
AB de Villiers on the threat posed by Mohammad Hafeez

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 29, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Some random thoughts: Smith and de Villiers will have to step up for the 1st two ODIs without Amla. Morkel needs to step up to compensate for Steyn, he was far too expensive when 'leading' the attack in SL. I think it would be odd if Vernon Philander weren't picked at some point given Domingo's comments about giving him some ODI experience, however with McLaren & Parnell also in competition for spots it'll be interesting to see who gets the nod. de Kock and Ingram are as bad as each other in terms of opening the batting, but at least de Kock can take the gloves away from de Villiers. I think du Plessis should be on the hot seat, if he doesn't put up some scores he should be dropped for the ODIs, it's been a while since he performed. Tahir is the better spinner than Peterson, and given his performance in the T20s in SL he deserves a go. If the pitch turns, I like the XI suggested by 'mzm149', but if not then replace Peterson with Parnell, who's been on outstanding form for the Warriors.

  • on October 29, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Pakistan is missing right arm seamer as all we got is left armers at the moment, right arm bench strength is not good enough, Gull will be fit soon to fill this space, I think Shafiq is not suitable for no 6 position, he should bat at no 3 and exchange place with Hafeez who can play more aggressively then Shafiq, Pak desperately required a fast bowling allrounder and why on earth selectors are not giving Hammad any chance is beyond me. Sohail Tanvir really disappoint me with his batting, this lad can and should bat but never been able to deliver which amazes me, after been around for this long he should have established his batting but nothing comes from him which is a shame as he is a very good bowler. The rest of the team is OK.

  • bouncer709 on October 30, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    @Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas: why do you think South African's moral is high, they just managed to draw a series against 6th rank team. The win in 2nd test came , where only 2 batsman scored, rest of the South African bating is fragile. and hope after ball tempering controversy, you won't see their bowler doing any magic with ball.

  • bouncer709 on October 30, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    3 players, Hafeez, Umer Amin and Jamshed are just waste, but are lucky to get chance again here on flat tracks. Yet I hope they fail today too.

  • on October 30, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    ya today is pakistan's day but cricket is by chance and by courage lets hope they will do the both

  • on October 30, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Younus & Shafiq had 2 b in with Sarfaraz behind the stumps

  • on October 30, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    My Team for first ODI: 1)Ahmed Shezad2)Nasir Jamshed3)Mohamed Hafeez4)Asad Shafiq5)Misbah-ul-haq6)Umar Akmal7)Shahid Afridi8)Saeed Ajmal9)Sohalil Tanvir10)Junaid Khan11)Mohamed Irfan. 3 openers, 3 middle order batsmen, 3 spiners, 3 fast bowlers, and Akmal will keep. I think it would be exciting, considering our weak batting. this combination might provide stability and balance, can't wait to watch.......!

  • on October 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Excuse me bowlers are average??!! What sort of bowlers do you need. Mutants?! I agree batting is weak but on their day they can whip any team.

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on October 30, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    After amazing turnaround in Dubai, the Proteas moral is sky high - momentum is surely with them. Synonymous with Pakistan cricket, are words like 'unpredictable' and 'mercurial'. After beating the West Indies 3-1 in the Caribbean in July, Pakistan managed to lose the first ODI against Zimbabwe by seven wickets in August. It really is a case of which Pakistani side turns up today; the one whose self-assured swagger and glittering skills floor opponents, or the one whose woeful capitulation leaves fans scratching their heads. Pakistan have beefed up batting by including 'attacking players' like Jamshed, Shehzad, Hafeez and Afridi. But the intriguing question remain - against a disciplined South African attack, will they 'explode' or 'implode' ? Fingers crossed, we will only find out the answer at the end of every game. Go Pak Go !

  • on October 30, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    if sohaib maqsood play today pakistan will win this game if not no so cut safiq and put sohaib maqsood to play

  • on October 29, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Some random thoughts: Smith and de Villiers will have to step up for the 1st two ODIs without Amla. Morkel needs to step up to compensate for Steyn, he was far too expensive when 'leading' the attack in SL. I think it would be odd if Vernon Philander weren't picked at some point given Domingo's comments about giving him some ODI experience, however with McLaren & Parnell also in competition for spots it'll be interesting to see who gets the nod. de Kock and Ingram are as bad as each other in terms of opening the batting, but at least de Kock can take the gloves away from de Villiers. I think du Plessis should be on the hot seat, if he doesn't put up some scores he should be dropped for the ODIs, it's been a while since he performed. Tahir is the better spinner than Peterson, and given his performance in the T20s in SL he deserves a go. If the pitch turns, I like the XI suggested by 'mzm149', but if not then replace Peterson with Parnell, who's been on outstanding form for the Warriors.

  • on October 29, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Pakistan is missing right arm seamer as all we got is left armers at the moment, right arm bench strength is not good enough, Gull will be fit soon to fill this space, I think Shafiq is not suitable for no 6 position, he should bat at no 3 and exchange place with Hafeez who can play more aggressively then Shafiq, Pak desperately required a fast bowling allrounder and why on earth selectors are not giving Hammad any chance is beyond me. Sohail Tanvir really disappoint me with his batting, this lad can and should bat but never been able to deliver which amazes me, after been around for this long he should have established his batting but nothing comes from him which is a shame as he is a very good bowler. The rest of the team is OK.

  • bouncer709 on October 30, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    @Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas: why do you think South African's moral is high, they just managed to draw a series against 6th rank team. The win in 2nd test came , where only 2 batsman scored, rest of the South African bating is fragile. and hope after ball tempering controversy, you won't see their bowler doing any magic with ball.

  • bouncer709 on October 30, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    3 players, Hafeez, Umer Amin and Jamshed are just waste, but are lucky to get chance again here on flat tracks. Yet I hope they fail today too.

  • on October 30, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    ya today is pakistan's day but cricket is by chance and by courage lets hope they will do the both

  • on October 30, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Younus & Shafiq had 2 b in with Sarfaraz behind the stumps

  • on October 30, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    My Team for first ODI: 1)Ahmed Shezad2)Nasir Jamshed3)Mohamed Hafeez4)Asad Shafiq5)Misbah-ul-haq6)Umar Akmal7)Shahid Afridi8)Saeed Ajmal9)Sohalil Tanvir10)Junaid Khan11)Mohamed Irfan. 3 openers, 3 middle order batsmen, 3 spiners, 3 fast bowlers, and Akmal will keep. I think it would be exciting, considering our weak batting. this combination might provide stability and balance, can't wait to watch.......!

  • on October 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Excuse me bowlers are average??!! What sort of bowlers do you need. Mutants?! I agree batting is weak but on their day they can whip any team.

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on October 30, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    After amazing turnaround in Dubai, the Proteas moral is sky high - momentum is surely with them. Synonymous with Pakistan cricket, are words like 'unpredictable' and 'mercurial'. After beating the West Indies 3-1 in the Caribbean in July, Pakistan managed to lose the first ODI against Zimbabwe by seven wickets in August. It really is a case of which Pakistani side turns up today; the one whose self-assured swagger and glittering skills floor opponents, or the one whose woeful capitulation leaves fans scratching their heads. Pakistan have beefed up batting by including 'attacking players' like Jamshed, Shehzad, Hafeez and Afridi. But the intriguing question remain - against a disciplined South African attack, will they 'explode' or 'implode' ? Fingers crossed, we will only find out the answer at the end of every game. Go Pak Go !

  • on October 30, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    if sohaib maqsood play today pakistan will win this game if not no so cut safiq and put sohaib maqsood to play

  • on October 30, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    pakistan have a very weak batting line up. bowlers are average. south africa should easily win this match plus the series

  • on October 30, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    SA could try Parnell as an opener, actually. He scored a century the other day at the top of the order for the Warriors. On the UAE flat pitches it could work - the ball won't do as much as in South African conditions.

  • on October 30, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    well there are many comments regarding maqsood's inclusion. i am also of the view that he should be in. but we are forgetting that umar amin is these days board's favorite from A team's captaining to batting problem solution.

    they are already showing on geo that umar amin and wahab will be playing.

  • crimson518 on October 30, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Our batting has struggled because people aren't batting in the right positions. JP should not come in at 3. He is a great finisher in ODI and should be in at the end so should bat at 5. Faf has proven he can be very useful up the order so why not open with him and put Ingram at three where he is best. We have a good enough team in ODI we are just not using them correctly.

  • abdullahiqbal on October 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Pakistan can win the match but fight will be from other siade too attack will khan and irfan donot play 3seamers tanver is not a world class bowler thy should give chance to razzaq he is now a world class all rounder too and they should give chance to sharjeel khan too he is very talent boy I miss Amir sharjeel and razzaq .....,,,

  • ICCexpert.... on October 30, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan smashed 194 of 124 balls against a strong bowling line up, he is the best opener in pakistan right now. And so is Sohaib Maqsood. But until players like Hafeez and Misbah are in the team they wont give them a chance

  • ICCexpert.... on October 30, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood has to be in the squad, even if they have to drop Hafeez or Misbah.

  • on October 30, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    It will b a very competitive match 2day....SA doesn't look very strong without Amla & Steyn....but they r strong...Pak should win 2day....their main target should be got da wkt of da "Magic Man- AB de Villiers" as quick as possible.....He is just awesome against any attack in da world crckt.....Hafeez will give a gr8 rply 2 his critics....He is a cls act....I hope PAK will win....btw SA is too strong 2 beat.......

  • on October 30, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    good luck Pakistan.Hopefully they will win today.

  • on October 30, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    From the top 3, we always need a 50 plus start in the series, with misbah's contribution in each game, chip ins from asad and umar and flamboyant stuff from tanvir and afridi...this, by the time reveals fragility but even if Pakistani batsmen show consistency within their fragility, they will succeed. GUL...Where are u, u r seriously missed here..with Irfan and Junaid, Tanvir is not a good mix, but alas..we have to deal with it. I believe we should have given chance to Hammad Azam here with his bowling because no matter its tanvir or hammad, both will go with 5.5 economy at least with a match exception max, but hammad is proper with the bat specially against pace!

    Misbah Irfan and Ajmal will be the anchors!

  • Malik-The-Great on October 30, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    INSHALLAH Pakistan will win beat SA :)

  • msajjadsulehri on October 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    I think its too early to have a comparison between Umar Akmal and Asad as both have their own class. I like Umar because of his agressive approach and ability to play under pressure. Umer Amin is rising talent he should be given a chance. Pakistan has to focus on 2015 world cup and should have his youngsters like akmal, asad, Nasir, ahmed and amin in playing eleven. Also I see Amir back in team before worldcup.

  • I_amMirza on October 30, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Misbah-Ul-Haq and Sangakkara are going through their best year in ODI's. Misbah complied about 920 Runs in his Last 19 matches with a strike rate of 73.77 and Sanga complied 930 runs with SR of 90.29. Misbah averaged 65.71 and Sanga averaged 71.53. when you are in your best year, balls comes on your bat that Sanga proved. Sanga hit 2 Centuries While Misbah is still waiting for his Ton. I hope Misbah will hit 100 and will look upon his Strike rate as well. Good LUCK PAKISTAN.

  • Samee0324 on October 30, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    This might be a good contest!! PAK who is lacking in batting whereas SA will depend on youngster in absence of Styen and Amla... Good luck Pak!! Shoaib maqsoob must get a chance, he is not a bench player.. Please team management give him a chance to perform!!

  • Solid_Snake on October 30, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @by Singh1699 :T20 match is different than ODI & Test match..In T20 Steyn has to bowl only 3-4 overs & that's it..In ODI he has to bowl 10 overs & then field for whole 50 overs.In Test match he has to bowl Atleast 30overs/day..T20 match is nothing when compared to test & ODI when it comes to work load

  • shovwar on October 30, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Pak never won a ODI series against SA? Well this is their best chance cos SA is weak in ODI at the moment...If Pak cant win this series then they wont have an easy chance like this again.

  • on October 30, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    no kallis, amla or steyn - it's a good thing south africa don't rate one-day cricket terribly highly. and pakistan with hafeez, ajmal and boom boom.

  • on October 30, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    S.A. have lot's of young talent and they should select a team keeping WC 2015 in mind. Colin Ingram should be a regular and not just back up for Hashim Amla. Ingram, Miller, Du Plessis everybody should get a chance in this 5 match series. In the bowling department McLaren, Parnell, Peterson, Tsotsobe should be given a chance. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel should be given adequate rest while the series goes on. They should not play more than 2 ODI's in any bilateral ODI series.

  • on October 30, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    I don't know whether those talking (bragging) about aggression really know the literal meaning of it! Why always we require a calm feature in our team as well, Abdul Razzaq no doubt a great all-rounder but still look forward now, this is not the end of the world.

  • dr_acula53 on October 30, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    SA again is lacking a genuine all-rounder and a spinner who could pose some questions to batsmen. With Amla and Steyn absent, I don't see much of a chance of winning against a pretty good ODI team with class spinners. Still hoping for the best, hoping SA wins.

  • on October 30, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Give a chance to Sohaib Maqsood in place of Asad Shafiq. See alot of potential in his batting. Just look at his profile. Has some good averages in all formats

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/43266.html

  • Philippe on October 30, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    SA is clear favorites in ODI. They are even a stronger ODI team as compared to their TEST side. PAK won't be able to match the level of players that SA has in their line up.

  • Ray24 on October 30, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    For those questioning Shafiq's inclusion, please review his career. He has been batting at various numbers to fill in gaps of this batting line up and hasn't been able to adjust. Despite this shuffling, he has been Pakistan's best young batsman. Way above Umar Akmal and others. What has Umar Amin done so far? NOTHING! Why are people so serious to have him in the side. The only thing he is famous for is being named as a suspect in the Butt - Asif match-fixing saga. And please don't even mention Shoaib Malik. Pakistan need to move ahead and get rid of all political nominees.

  • koldmeat on October 30, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Umer Amin must be included instead of Asad Shafiq. Sohail Tanvir should not be in the team. He is a useless bowler and does nothing with the bat. Another fast bowler from the squad can be given a chance.

  • Shahbaz_Alam on October 30, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    wish you best of luck to both the teams i hope Pakistan will find someone like the class of Razzaq who lastly play one of the best innings of ODI history

  • Crick_Expert on October 30, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    SA will win easily ODI series, they have strong batting line. PCB should give chance to UmarcAmin, Haris Sohail, Sarjeel Khan in ODI. Shame to mr tuktuk giving chance to low rate players like ASAD SAFIQ, SOHAIL TANVIR.

  • Crick_Expert on October 30, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    PCB should give chance to Sarjeel Khan, SHOAIB MAQSOOD in ODI Please dont include Asad Safiq, and Sohail Tanvir in team

  • on October 30, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    nasir n ahmed will start. hafeez is going to play at #6 in this series as shafiq will cum at #3. misbaah u akmal at 4 n 5. afridi bhai at 7. rest will not b needed in this series. best of luck team pak.

  • on October 30, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    don't even talk about more pak bating failure. all of u guys will c significant change in our bating in this series. wish u good luck my team. only wish if they gave a chance to razzak instead of tanveer. junaid n irfan with razzak. while afridi ajmal n hafeez complets six bowler option as well.

  • on October 29, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    LALA\o/ will rock today with bat & ball INSHA ALLAH

  • AQ13 on October 29, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    my prediction is that pak will win due to spin

  • on October 29, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    what is wrong to select an all ronder like A. Razaq or Hammad Azam. Both are the match winning players consistanly and they have proof it many times. why alway the politics and favourism always spoil the spirit of talent. When we will have a team with their talent and potential. Good luck Pakistan

  • on October 29, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Pak team for 1st Odi

    A.Shehzad M.Hafeez N. jamshed. U akmal Misbah U amin AFridi W riaz ajmal irfan junaid!

  • PAKisTANeee786 on October 29, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    I really hope Pakistan select their right playing eleven for this series, and hopefully someone other than Misbah comes out to play given some of the youngsters included. Misbah, should back these youngsters and be AGGRESSIVE!! that is all we want from him, we love Misbah, but it is his defensive approach that everyone hates. Our openers should be pro-active, and look for singles like Shan and Khuram did, that was the first time in long when i saw urgency from Pakistani top order in getting singles and rotating the strike rather than blocking or attack. Good luck to the Pakistani team. My playing XI should be as following: Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-haq, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan. I personally don't like Wahab, but we have no batting all-rounder in the squad at the moment, so he is a better choice instead of sohail tanvir, at least in batting.

  • on October 29, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    As much as I like to see asad shafiq I also want umar amin tp have a chance at no.4

  • on October 29, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Pakistan should include Umar Amin in place of Asad Shafiq and should go with three specialist spinners ( Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez) and three seemers( Junaid, Irfan and Tanvir).

  • No1_Jon on October 29, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Umar Amin should keep his place in the side, following the West Indies series in which he showed glimpses of his ability with the bat, as a left handed batsman he will add good balance to the middle order. Additionally, he is the only right handed seamer in the squad which should come in handy.

    This is a big series for the openers, Shehzad and Jamshed as they have now got to show they have what it takes to perform at this level.

    I predict a 3-2 outcome ..... gonna sit on the fence until I've seen the first two ODI's though!

  • Fogu on October 29, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Every article about PK is followed by Misbah bashing by some fans. Amazing! Misbah is the PK savior. For people with no memory, 3/4 years ago PK was in the worst situation. Politics in cricket, scandals were abound. They needed a mature, steady leader and Misbah has stepped up. Not only has he stepped up, he has saved PK from embarrassing defeats single handedly. Without him, PK would have had several more totals of below 100. Yet, some fans hate Misbah no matter what the facts are. I am flabbergasted. I am from BD, and I am a big fan of how Misbah conducts himself on and off the field. We wish we had him in our team.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on October 29, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    I think Misbah will not give chance to Maqsood or Umar Amin in this match he will use his defensive approach and bring Asad Shafique . I don't know why this time he didn't ask Azhar Ali to join this squad. Nasir Jamshaid & Ahmad Shehzad should play openner rule if they start lazy then Pakistan hardly can manage 250. Misabah should improve his strike rate with good running between wicket & stop killing balls for nothing. Umar Akmal & Afridi should use their head before hand.

  • Major85D on October 29, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    every game from pakistan is the same: misbah wants to be the hero until the end, and some players are in the team, who don`t deserve it. Shafiq is not an ODI player, but misbah wants him instead of amin. and why is tanvir still in the squad?? again and again. in fielding he is the worst player in cricket history.

  • on October 29, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    south Africa are easily favourites. sa have a solid batting line up. Pakistan batting is very weak.

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Can Misbah-ul-Haq please open then batting for once (just once atleast try it) and score a 100 without top order collapse for an excuse. I would love Misbah-ul-haq to be an opener for once , he plays with the new ball anyway in the lower order as many times top order provides no support so why not open for once and take the challenge , THANK YOU

  • t20cric on October 29, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    This is going to be an exciting series cuz not much of a difference in odi teams of SA and Pak. Both are bowling teams with a few excellent batsmen. Pakistan should take advantage of the absence of Amla and Steyn and win those matches. As far as the batting line up goes I think it is pretty good except Hafeez and Shafiq should switch places. Actually I'm not sure if Shafiq is suited for odis but he does deserve a chance cuz he was in form in the test series. But if Sohaib is in the team then Pak have Shehzad, U. Akmal, Sohaib, Hafeez, Afridi and Misbah (towards end of innings) to do some big hitting which increases our chances of scoring big in this series if these guys are in form. Another thing is that Sharjeel's 194 should not go unnoticed and he should get a chance in ODI's next time. My team would be:1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Nasir Jamshed, 3.Sohaib/U. Akmal , 4.Misbah-ul-haq, 5.U. Akmal/Sohaib, 6. M. Hafeez, 7. S. Afridi, 8. S. Tanvir, 9. S. Ajmal, 10.Junaid, 11. M. Irfan

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    I hope SA will win the 1st match without Dale. ABD is like one man army.. Also the top 5 have very strong bating lineup @SA side..

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on October 29, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Wen DALE does play for his country he got injured ,when he takes part in CLT orIPL .he been ther fully fit.Why ? and this match PAK gonna win this match and later ,,,,,good luck

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Asad Shafiq in probables ??? are they series ? He has an average of less than 27 and strike rate rate of 70 and he is going to bat at 6 or 7 in ODI ? what have Umar Amin or Sohaib done wrong ? What did Harris Sohail do wrong to be left out of the team in the first place ? IF they have to play Shafiq then they might as well bring Yonis in his place. Yonis is much better than him for sure and can have a better strike rate !! In tests I do not mind Shafiq and was glad that Pakistan team supported him even though he had a poor series of Zim. My only concern is that it should be the same for other players too. If Umar Akmal does not perform in just one game they start calling for his head !!!!

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    The series will be a thriller i grantee you, but it is important to have proper selection for the final eleven my final team for tomorrow match is: 1. hafeez 2. Jamshaid 3. asad 4. misbah 5. sohaib maqsood 6. umar akmal 7. afridi 8. wahab riaz 9. ajmal 10. junaid 11. irfan Win is on for pakistan if the selected the above team and win the toss. Good luck Pakistan :)

  • Pak_suleman on October 29, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    no doubt pakistan spin attack is much stronger than south africa and we have four very capable fast bowlers but main concern for pakistan is their batting..our last genuine batsman shahid afridi bats at number 7 and peterson of SA bats at number 9..so we can compare the depth of batting of both teams..if collapse of top order and inconsistency of afridi continue then we would have a lot to depend on misbah

  • I_amMirza on October 29, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Actually Shafiq is not a big hitter of the ball rather he is a driver, A player at no. 6 position should be capable of hitting big boundaries, India has MSD, SL has Parera. Aus now using Maxwell/Haddin. No.6 player should have SR of 90 and Asad has 70. in my opinion Asad should place at no 3 , may be Hafeez can bat at no.6 and at this stage He does not have to deal with swing as well.lolx

  • on October 29, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    why sohail tanveer again and again ....this man doesnt know how to bat or field and tries to throw a ball on wrong foot....bring in hammad azam and dont waste his golden time

  • I_amMirza on October 29, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    consistency has been a problem for Pakistan's batting since ages. If pak batting show character and put 300 or near 300 on the board, the pak's bowling has enough potential to deal with it. with Ajmal and Afridi bowling in tandem would a difficulty for SA batting. Hafeez can deliver some good spells as well. If pak's pace attack can dent their top order earlier then it would be easy for spin attack to handle SA.

  • MianMoosa on October 29, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    this odi series is going to be really interesting & excitement.. My playing XI for Pakistan will be Nasir, shehzad, hafeez, misbah ,u.amin, u,akmal, afridi, tanvir/wahab, ajmal. irfan, junaid,,,I am wondering that a lot of ppl are considering Asad shafiqe instead of Umar amin,,,don,t forget that umar amin scored at crucial moment in Zimbabwe in 2nd &3rd odi,,Best of luck to Team Pakistan

  • Blade-Runner on October 29, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell ; Bro, He is not "some tailender". He is a genuine allrounder. He also scored 21 runs Parnell during the same tour. He also scored 69 in 44 deliveries in 2011 in your own backyard. In fact, he loves mauling your bowlers. And, His name is Thisara "Iron Man" Perera. Thank you very much.

  • on October 29, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Pakistan is definitely favourites to win this ODI series against SA. They have such talented young players and it seems like they will demolish SA without Amla, Kallis or Steyn. I really wish Umar Gul would be available to play but IDK when he's going to play. Well, my probables for the series are: 1. Nasir Jamshed 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Muhammad Hafeez 4. Umar Akmal 5. Misbah ul-Haq 6. Asad Shafiq (loved to have Abdul Razzaq) 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Sohail Tanvir (Would love to have Umar Gul) 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. Muhammad Irfan. Just looking at that batting card would make any team tremble. I just hope the batting clicks and the boys put on a good show. I'm predicting a 4-1 win. Don't quote me on any of these later though! As we all know that Pakistan is unpredictable, but one or two of them will click. Best of Luck to the winner!

  • vinodkd99 on October 29, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    @Albert Campbell: The so called tailender from Sri Lanka won a match almost single handedly in previous Lankan tour to South Africa in which they chased around 300 runs. Yes, I am talking about Thisara Perera.

  • on October 29, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Sohaib is excellent one day player, so he should be included in Xi

  • Farrukh.91. on October 29, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Don't under estimate Afridi!

  • on October 29, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Dont forget its afridis favorite place.

  • Shazy777 on October 29, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    S.a won easily...!!! Pak lose the match due to hfz....

  • on October 29, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    If Team Pakistan are to provide a challenge to South Africa and win ODI series than they need to select the right XI. My XI would be as follows: 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad, 3. Umar Akmal, 4. Misbah, 5. Hafeez, 6. Afridi, 7. Sarfraz, 8. Wahab, 9. Tanvir, 10. Ajmal, 11. Irfan / Junaid. I want Umar Akmal to concentrate on his batting and bat up the order without the responsibility of wicket keeping. I am also of the opinion that if Sarfraz is given opportunities he will become a good wicket keeper / batsman for Pakistan not only in ODIs but also test cricket. I have included both Wahab and Tanvir in the XI as both of them are decent batsmen. The XI suggested gives a balanced team with number of potentially quality batsmen, all rounders and bowling attack consisting of three pace bowlers and three spinners.

  • Albert_cambell on October 29, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    De cock should take gloves. but why robin peterson. Recently he gave 34 runs in an over to some tailender batsman from sri lanka. pak batsman will have no trouble over him. pleaase drop him and include tahir.he set platform for us to win the test match.

  • mzm149 on October 29, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I am expecting at least one century from Nasir Jamshed in five innings.

    This is the best XI Pakistan can play in ODIs with may be a few changes. Sohaib Maqsood, Harris Sohail and Umar Amin can come in place of Hafeez, Afridi or Asad Shafiq.

    Pakistan are favorites with such good players.

  • blthndr on October 29, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    sa hav 7 left handers......it will be testing time for them to face hafeez and ajmal....i think its AB who ll play important part.....

  • Shazy777 on October 29, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    1 Quinton de Kock(wk), 2 Graeme Smith, 3 AB de Villiers (capt), 4 JP Duminy, 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 David Miller, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Ryan McLaren, 9 Vernon Philander, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir

  • on October 29, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    The only concerns with Pak 11 are ahmad shahzad and tanvir as they struggle against big teams, one can have confidence in rest of the players, SA are struggling in ODIs but they have psychological winning advantage over Pak for the last 15 years as the west indies used to have against Pak in ODIs till 1998.

  • mzm149 on October 29, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    I guess South Africa XI would be:

    Ingram/ de Kock, Smith, Duminy, de Villiers, du Plessis, Miller, Mc Laren, Peterson, Philander, Morkel, Tahir.

    Pakistan XI would be exactly the same as mentioned in the article.

  • Stark62 on October 29, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Can I also point out, Pak won the bilateral T20 series against SA in SA earlier this year!!

  • SohailMirza on October 29, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Should be Sohaib instead Asad

  • CricketChat on October 29, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    With Amla and Steyn both not being there, I think Pak start as favorites. More importantly, I don't want a one sided match, no matter who wins. We need fans to get excited enough to go to stadiums. The test series was a disaster as far as crowd participation is concerned.

  • Cric_fever_forever on October 29, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    South Africa for me are favourites even if they lose starters. though my best wishes are with both teams. hope its a cracker of contest

  • Omarrz on October 29, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Seriously ABV? Hafeez a world class player? Maybe because of his bowling.

  • S.Kamran.Ali on October 29, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    It will be a Great Series with some fresh & exprienced faces Pakistan has upper hand in this Series, first two odi's is more important because their is no Steyn & Amla, Pakistan has to avail this advantage, hope our openers perform well!

  • 2nd_Slip on October 29, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    This will be a much more even contest than in the tests and might go either way Pak are really good in limited overs cricket so we shouldn't take them lightly at all. Would have loved to see Henry Davids opening with Ingram but this is the best line up we can come up based on the players selected: Smith,De Kock,Ingram,AB,JP,Miller,Parnell,McLaren,Lopsy,Morkel,Tahir.

  • Stark62 on October 29, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    That Pak probable looks pathetic!! Having Shafiq, Tanvir in the team and Hafeez in top 3 would be a disaster and a certain loss for Pak.

    I hope Pak replace Shafiq with Maqsood, Riaz for Tanvir and get Hafeez to bat down at 6 or drop him.

    Lastly, Akmal needs to bat at no. 3 or 4.

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    I think South Africa is the favorite, they have great bowlers, fielders, batsman if we analyze with Pakistan cricket team. Pakistan team showed very poor performance in the last test, which showed how poor can they play.

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Pak is gonna win the ODI and T20 series. For ODIs, Pak need to drop jamshed and Afridi should open the innings with shehzad. Umar akmal should bat at no.3 followed by Maqsood, Misbah, Hafeez, sohail tanvir, Ajmal and Irfan.

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    instead of asad shafiq they should go with maqsood. but i think they will go with umar amin.

    pakistan missing a good medium pace batting allrounder to go as 3rd seamer and strengthen the batting. if not razaq and hammad is not that quality then find some 1 else.

    maqsood should get good chances. he has good domestic record.

    nasir has a poor year after india tour. but hopefully he is back in uae/sc so looking forward for big innings.

    last 2 series went to last match so a good series coming up.

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    It will be a good contest while pakistan has problems in tere top and down order while south africa have some problems in top order and spin department

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Pakistan having umar akmal Afridi Ahmed Shahzad Umar Amin and Nasir they will seal this series in pocket of Pakistan Africa will face great spin bowling attack this time

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Pakistan having umar akmal Afridi Ahmed Shahzad Umar Amin and Nasir they will seal this series in pocket of Pakistan Africa will face great spin bowling attack this time

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    It will be a good contest while pakistan has problems in tere top and down order while south africa have some problems in top order and spin department

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    instead of asad shafiq they should go with maqsood. but i think they will go with umar amin.

    pakistan missing a good medium pace batting allrounder to go as 3rd seamer and strengthen the batting. if not razaq and hammad is not that quality then find some 1 else.

    maqsood should get good chances. he has good domestic record.

    nasir has a poor year after india tour. but hopefully he is back in uae/sc so looking forward for big innings.

    last 2 series went to last match so a good series coming up.

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Pak is gonna win the ODI and T20 series. For ODIs, Pak need to drop jamshed and Afridi should open the innings with shehzad. Umar akmal should bat at no.3 followed by Maqsood, Misbah, Hafeez, sohail tanvir, Ajmal and Irfan.

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    I think South Africa is the favorite, they have great bowlers, fielders, batsman if we analyze with Pakistan cricket team. Pakistan team showed very poor performance in the last test, which showed how poor can they play.

  • Stark62 on October 29, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    That Pak probable looks pathetic!! Having Shafiq, Tanvir in the team and Hafeez in top 3 would be a disaster and a certain loss for Pak.

    I hope Pak replace Shafiq with Maqsood, Riaz for Tanvir and get Hafeez to bat down at 6 or drop him.

    Lastly, Akmal needs to bat at no. 3 or 4.

  • 2nd_Slip on October 29, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    This will be a much more even contest than in the tests and might go either way Pak are really good in limited overs cricket so we shouldn't take them lightly at all. Would have loved to see Henry Davids opening with Ingram but this is the best line up we can come up based on the players selected: Smith,De Kock,Ingram,AB,JP,Miller,Parnell,McLaren,Lopsy,Morkel,Tahir.

  • S.Kamran.Ali on October 29, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    It will be a Great Series with some fresh & exprienced faces Pakistan has upper hand in this Series, first two odi's is more important because their is no Steyn & Amla, Pakistan has to avail this advantage, hope our openers perform well!

  • Omarrz on October 29, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Seriously ABV? Hafeez a world class player? Maybe because of his bowling.

  • Cric_fever_forever on October 29, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    South Africa for me are favourites even if they lose starters. though my best wishes are with both teams. hope its a cracker of contest