South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth

Pakistan eye maiden series win against SA

The Preview by Firdose Moonda

November 26, 2013

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Match facts

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Start time 1000 local (0800 GMT)


Hashim Amla was dismissed for 31, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Johannesburg, November 20, 2013
Hashim Amla has not scored a fifty in his last eight innings, across formats © Associated Press
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Twenty two years and 16 days ago, South Africa played their first ODI. On Wednesday, they will compete in their 500th. It's only fitting that St George's Park, the same ground that hosted South Africa's first Test, will stage the landmark match.

It may seem as though Pakistan have played South Africa for the majority of those ODIs and they are almost correct. Only Australia have competed in more ODIs against South Africa - 80; Pakistan are in second place with 69 matches.

They are the team that has played South Africa most in 2013, with 12 ODIs already contested. By Saturday that number will be 14 - the most any team has played against South Africa in a year.

Most of the matches between these two teams, however, have provided interesting contests. After struggling in the UAE, Pakistan pulled off a victory in their last two matches in South Africa, breaching the hosts' fortress to complete a unique Cape Town double and taking a lead in the three-ODI series.

Again, it was the batting that let both sides down in the first ODI. Pakistan were restricted by a disciplined South African attack, leaving their bowlers with a below-par total to defend, but they were up to the task.

South Africa are still figuring out how to get their combinations right, now that Jacques Kallis has rejoined their ODI set-up. Pakistan will see it as the ideal opportunity to push for a maiden series win against them. Pakistan also need to put on bigger partnerships, but with an attack that gives them the edge this could be a chance for them to spoil South Africa's milestone match.

Form guide

(last five completed games, most recent first)

Pakistan WLLLWL
South Africa LWWWL

In the spotlight

Although he has looked in good touch, Hashim Amla has not managed a half-century in any of the recent ODIs and T20s against Pakistan - a total of eight innings. He had a tough time against Mohammad Irfan, who has now dismissed Amla the most times, in the UAE but found the going no easier since the fast bowler has been missing. Junaid Khan and Sohail Tanvir have also accounted for Amla.

Without Irfan, Pakistan's bowling was expected to be weaker but Bilawal Bhatti made up for Irfan's absence. The 22-year old appeared as though he had been playing international cricket for much longer than three matches - he has exemplary control, an inswinging yorker South Africa's attack would envy, and he can bat. Dav Whatmore previously lamented the lack of an allrounder in the Pakistan side but Bhatti and Anwar Ali may be the answer.

Team news

With South Africa wanting the experience of both Amla and Graeme Smith at the top, they had to use Quinton de Kock at No. 3, although he is out of position there. However, Smith's grandmother passed away on Tuesday and if he sits out as a result, de Kock will open. David Miller has not scored a half-century in his last nine limited-overs innings and it may be time to give him a rest. Ryan McLaren was unlucky to be left out of the XI after being the Man of the Series in the UAE and he could slot in at No. 7. Lonwabo Tsotsobe was unwell for the previous ODI and the second T20, but if he has recovered South Africa will have to decide which seamer to leave out. Dale Steyn appeared in some discomfort in the first ODI, holding his back on occasion, so he may be given a rest.

South Africa: (likely)1 Hashim Amla, 2 Graeme Smith, 3 Quinton de Kock (wk) 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 JP Duminy, 7 David Miller/Ryan McLaren, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 and 10 Dale Steyn/Morne Morkel/Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Imran Tahir

Pakistan may not want to make too many changes to a winning XI but could still tinker with their batting as they try to post better totals. If they choose to leave out Nasir Jamshed, who has struggled to construct long innings, Mohammad Hafeez will have to open, which will mean facing Steyn. However, it would create room for Umar Amin or Asad Shafiq in the middle order.

Pakistan: (likely) 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Mohammad Hafeez , 4 Sohaib Maqsood 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Bilawal Bhatti, 9 Anwar Ali, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan

Stats and trivia

  • South Africa have won 18 of the 27 ODIs they have played at St Georges' Park. The last time they lost there was in November 2009 against England, but since then they have only played two ODIs there.

  • Pakistan have the record for the highest score in an ODI at this ground. They piled on 335 for 6 in December 2002, a match they won by 182 runs. Saleem Elahi and Abdul Razzaq, who had to return home from this tour with a hamstring injury, scored centuries.

Quotes

"We didn't put together any partnerships and that is something that has been going on for a while. It happens especially when we're batting second, perhaps it's to do with the pressure. We have to get over that."
South Africa captain AB de Villiers

"Nobody knows how happy I am."
The win in Cape Town gave Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq one of his best moments this year.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by mzm149 on (November 27, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

@Masrur G. Syed: A display of poor sportsmanship by your favorite Anwar Ali by obstructing the field. He was thoroughly exposed in 38th over in bowling when he started getting spanked. He was about to present the game to South Africa. Thankfully he was removed.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

mzm149, excellent batting by your favourites, eh? nasir 2, hafeez 8 :)

Posted by   on (November 27, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

@ameerakhtar Afridi cant bat anymore, he is good in bowling

Posted by mzm149 on (November 27, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Bad news for Nasir haters and Asad lovers. Pakistan is going with unchanged team.

Posted by ameerakhtar537 on (November 27, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

i think pakistan change batting order and put afridi on no.3 and hafeez on no.6 then pakistan put on big total on board to defend against south africa

Posted by TMuhammad on (November 27, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Interesting comments from Zain Nomi. Sourav Ganguly started playing ODI for India from June 1996, he was a good batsman and occasional bowler scored 11363 rune with avg over 41 and took 100 wkts in 311 matches, Jack Kallis dec. 1995 and scored 11548 with average over 45 and took 272 wkts in 322 matches where as Afridi started his career in Oct. 1998 scored 7439 runs with avg. 23.31 and took 368 wkts.so you can see that Afridi is better bowler then both. The only difference is that Afridi plays for Pakistan and is not appreciated by Pakistanis whereas the other two guys didn't play for Pakistan and are praised by their countrymen.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 27, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

There is a pitch inspection going on at the moment and the players are warming up too.

This was the last update and still we do not know what happened to the inspection.

Posted by wapuser on (November 27, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

I am really glad to see the young players like sohaib maqsood Anwar Ali and bilawal bhatti We need to prepare some young batsman also as we know our batsman are always feel tough to play on pitches of England source Africa and Australia so I suggest for pcb that the guys with potential have to play in those countries what ever it cost the board they should trained from right now looking forward to see more talented young players best wishes team pak

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 27, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

What I do not like in these situations is that these guys do not give us any proper updates. The situation is never clear to us untill the match is just about to start. Till then we are left in the dark. And here we are like fools, waiting.

Posted by ihaq1 on (November 27, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

hafeez already playing poorly...he seems to have problems with teh fast bowlers and shud be in teh middle order..although hafeez and afridi both needed for bowling in teh shorter formats...hafeez only bats properly in teh 2020's...should not depend on hafeez to bat well after his recent performances...with teh problems that he has with steyn's bowling he should be moved into the nmmiddle order...hafeez should maybe play at number 7 and teh younger players at three and four...misbah should be in teh defensive role at 5...defend if teh earlier players fail and attack if they are successful...top four should play aggressively...although both shehzad and nasir should attempt to play longer innings...

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