South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth November 26, 2013

Pakistan eye maiden series win against SA

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Match facts

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

Big Picture

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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  • 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.

  • on November 27, 2013, 12:08 GMT

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

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:02 GMT

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

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 9:57 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • on November 27, 2013, 12:08 GMT

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

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:02 GMT

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

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 9:57 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • bowledwarnie on November 27, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Been raining for 12 hours non-stop in Port Elizabeth and no sun or wind to dry up the surface so looking at late start and a shortened game at best..

  • ahmedpak on November 27, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    For Zain nomi information, afridi started cricket as a bowler and not batsmen also all-rounders are not only batting all-rounder they can be bowling all-rounders as well... wicket keeper is also an all-rounder. Currently, afridi is bowling all-roumder who can bat a bit! Update yours info, dont be super cool. :)

  • on November 27, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    I think SA will win this game by a good Margin

  • Pavinasen on November 27, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    If pakistan play with the flare that we are used to see them play,ie fearless & entertaining cricket,they will win the series.They should just image that they are playing India and then the flare & fearless cricket will come to the fore & they can will put SA under the Kosh.Show Dale some respect esp the form that he is in now & milk the other bowlers.Pak with Toss bat first & post 250,game won not on.

  • funnykid on November 27, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Some of the comments about Nasir Jamshed are very interesting. I thought in Nasir Jamshed Pakistan had found a reliable opener but alas all our hopes have been dashed. Apart from the poor form, low on confidence, he is also struggling because of poor technique. He appears to be very comfortable against incoming deliveries and playing them on the ON side, however, he is at loss as to how to handle away moving deliveries, his feet go nowhere while playing out swingers. Besides, he needs to work very hard on pull shot. Most of his pull shots go in the air and have brought about his downfall on number of times. I don't know why his weaknesses are not being rectified??

  • on November 27, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Right time to out afridi and hafeez from any kind of cricket. Look at career of both players

    Afridi 368 match and batting average is 23.71 and 368 wickets with an economy rate of almost 5.

    Hafeez 135 match and batting average is 28.43 and 109 wicket with an economy rate of 4.

    allrounder is for example someone who is good in batting and can bowl as well. but unfortunately they are not alrounders keeping both in team is just a waste of time, there are many alrounders who are performing in domestic. shoiab masood is also an alrounder he can bowl.

    jack kallis, ganguly and afridi start their career at same time and as alrounder and there is a lost of difference in afridi and first two.

  • on November 27, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan really need to sort out the batting issues specially at middle order. Even in last match the middle order collapsed drastically. Pakistan team has all the talent int he world, all they need to do is use just a little bit of mind while batting. In last match the innings of Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti was impressive as they didn't play any loose shot and yet kept the runs going.. Play like this and there is no doubt that Pakistan can easily win the series. Pakistan lost the UAE series only because of their own mistakes and lazy fielding and mindless batting..

  • Pavinasen on November 27, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Hi no,are SA praying for rain.If it rains PAK still have a chance of winning this series,they have one more game after this

  • sheenu on November 27, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Bilawal and Anwar, do an ENCORE, and win the series for Pakistan!! Best of luck to you all!!

  • Rifard_SL on November 27, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Pakistan never losed a game in 2013 after having my comments published in cricinfo comments or live commentry..as I commented on first odi nd 2nd t20 they won.. yup it's gonna be pakistans day today..

  • on November 27, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    This matched is likely to be washed off.. its raining in Port Elizabeth :(

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    The selectors needed a kick at there back to wake up and Bhatti and Anwar did that, good to hear that for Sri-Lanka series they will be selecting youngsters like Sharjeel Khan, Hammad Azam and raza Hasan, they deserved a chance 2 years ago, but better late then never, Hafeez, Jamshed need to go back to domestic cricket and Umar Amin and Asas Shafiq should not be in one day and T20 players. Pakistan need to think of 2015 Wc and find a suitabe replacement for Misbah, Malik, Razzaq, Afridi and Hafeez. Good luck

  • Samee0324 on November 27, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed has been given enough chances and this time he must be out from the squad. He is in pressure, not making runs and enhance the pressure for whole team. Hafeez must be open with Ahmed Shahzad and Shafiq must be in now. The guy who scored century in last match is bench.. it can happen only in PAK. Umar Akmal and Shoaib both must play in 3rd and 4th numbers so they will ensure good run rate and rest Misbah and company join later. My team will be Ahmed Shahzad 2. Hafeez 3. Umar Akmal 4. Shoaib Maqsood 5. Misbah 6. Shafiq 7. Afridi 8. Anwar Ali 9. Bilawal Bhatti 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan

  • on November 27, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    On the slow pitch at St George's Park we have to select Tsotsobe. Tahir must play so Philander unfortunately will miss out. De Kock must also open with Amla at 3 SA XI Smith, De Kock, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers, Duminy, Mclaren, Steyn, Morkel, Tsotsobe ,Tahir.

  • hellothereeveryone on November 27, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed is a youngster who has shown his class in the past as an opener especially against India. He is under too much pressure already due to his poor batting form so dropping him is not a good idea and will destroy his future. Looking at his last few matches it is coming back to him I feel he will start clicking soon and once he does that he is going to be an asset for Pakistan. Many other Pakistani batsmen also appear to be under pressure and are not opening up and playing their natural game to save their place in the team. They should all especially Ahmed Shehzad should play their natural game and delight the fans as they have done in the past and you will see that Pakistan batting will be more successful and will start putting up big scores again. Bhatti is a great addition to the team and has a wonderful attitude. I see him serving Pakistan cricket for a long time to come. I hope to see a good match today and want Pakistan to continue with their form they found recently.

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    @Masrur G. Syed: Nasir Jamshed's stats as a batsman are much better than a Shafiq. His average is good 9 runs more than Shafiq. Hafeez should not be selected as opener. He should play as an allrounder down the order due to his good spin bowling.

  • dmqi on November 27, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Prediction: Pakistan will not ride on the two new comer all rounder's batting. SA will not miss catching opportunities and they will bat better. SA will win, # 1 team will have much better chance to win at home ground. Sorry Pak fan. And Hafiz will play and most likely fail again but will not go in number 6 position. If that happens, Pak will have a thin chance to win because he may score some runs.

  • on November 27, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan

  • on November 27, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Hafeez, Afridi, and Ajmal need to be rested. They just do not know how to bat.

    Asad, Rzzak, and Shoaib Maliik need to be rested as well. We need batting strength. There are many young bowlers in domestic circuit who can bat as well.

    Please bring on board Hammad and Harris, and then watch the results. The old players are just plain, old failures and did not perform in the domestic circuit as well.

    Why we keep on giving them opportunities, the whole nation is at a loss to explain!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 27, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Pakistan need to recall Inzamam, Miandad, Ijaz Ahammed etc. to help them in batting.

  • rezwan_83. on November 27, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Miller should open the bat with Decock.SA team usually used to send hard hitter at the end of the innings(e.g. Albe,Kemp,Klusener) but look Jaysuria and Shewag, both of them initially used to bat down the order but once they found their slot as a opening batsman then remember what had happened.Decock only 20 and Miller is about 23 so it is time to think carefully and utilize their talent properly.

  • proteasfire on November 27, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    There is no need for SA to rest Miller. He is the only finisher/hitter they have in the squad. He needs to be given more chances up the order and he is a player who can be persisted with for sometime. He is young but definitely a big game player and has all traits of a quality batsman. SA should carefully groom players like Miller and DeKock. McLaren can play instead of Philander. That would be a straight swap since both are similar kind of players. Smith hasnt proved in recent times in ODIs and its high time selectors need to decide whether they still need him in the side or DeKock can play a better role with Amla. The South African side look complete with Amla, DeKock, Kallis, AB, Miller and JP at top six. They just need to execute the plans better. This will be a big test for SA batting order who havent scored 300+ in recent times or chased 250. Game On!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    where is umar gull..??

  • Reverse-_-Sweep on November 27, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Pakistan will win this easily if Hafeez and Umar Akmal switch positions. The rest of the line up is fine.

  • on November 27, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    The batting order doesn't need any new faces, it simply needs to be reshuffled. Keep the opening duo of Jamshed and Shehzad, but Shehzad needs to play his natural aggressive game while Jamshed takes his defensive approach. Akmal 3, Maqsood 4 and Misbah 5, but I think they can all bat anywhere from 3-5. Hafeez comes down at 6, he clearly can't play top order unless he's an opener. Bilawal comes in at 7, with Afridi at 8 and Anwar at 9. Then finish the tail with Ajmal and Junaid at 10 and 11.

  • Haiderpakawsome on November 27, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    @PakistaniThink Tank, agreed that batting is not as good. However bowling is always our strength on which we are capitalising. The results of previous odi itself is evident. With quality bowling Pak can defend even lower total like 212 even in today's era when most teams are hammering 300+ in subcontinent conditions. I am expecing similar low scoring match again. However Pak will prevail with their quality bowling.

  • Rubic on November 27, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    If Hafiz can drop Ajmal..why Misbah can not either drop or sendhim at No 6...

  • on November 26, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Pakistan needs more young legs who can bring in motivation and purpose in their game plan. I am not saying, lets wash out the whole line up of experienced players but keep those who have been doing well. There is plenty of talent in Pakistani domestic circuit.

  • on November 26, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    I dont see a good future for pakistan cricket. after WC 2015 misbah will either retire or will be forced to retire. batting is still a problem. and unless the openers hafeez akmal or maqsood shows some form u cant depend bhatti and anwar to give finishing touches all the time :( I would want misbah to partly retire from odi so that other batman could take responsibility.

  • on November 26, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    I never understand how people suggest the playing XI with the name of players not in the Squad?? Raza hasan / Khurram Manzoor is not in South Africa; how they can be in Playing XI? I think Pak should continue with the same combination. Atleast I am happy than Tanveer will not play. He didnt score runs, only waste balls. His bowling is below par, except for the last over in 2nd T20 (When whole Pakistan was confident that SA will make the runs) Give Nasir and Shehzad full chance here and still if they fail, then show them the gate. Let them play domestic then return. Hafeez or Afridi or Akmal can be rested (this doesn't mean dropped) and they can make way for the reserve players and give chance to Asad, Rehman or Amin. Without giving them chances, how we can decide about the future.

  • on November 26, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    mzm149, asad shafiq deserves chances the same as Nasir Jamshed should continue to get selected. How is it OK in your eyes that Nasir and Hafeez should keep getting selected, and Asad shouldn't. Wow man, your logic is amazing.

  • on November 26, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Tough fightback expected from Proteas in 2nd ODI but with the inclusion of 2 debutant all rounders Pakistan fancy their chance to win the series in SA with very effective combination of 9 batsman and 6 specialist bowlers...

  • viru-319-219 on November 26, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Pakistan has too many top order batsmen, Guys coming in at 4 play lofted shots into fielders hands. Pakistan has decent batting but needs to sort out the batting order Jamshed is solid so Afridi can open to provide Jamshed extra time to settle downand Shehzad can take this responsibility after Afridi Hafeez at 3 and Umar Akmal at 4 ( He comes in too late for a talented youngster) followed by Misbah at 5, top 5 looks good. Pakistan needs to find a good finisher at 6 as Afridi is just failing there and you will loose more matches without a good finisher. Shoaib maqsood can do that as he has big shots. Good fast bowling all rounder at 7 has been Pakistan team for years and Bilawal showed promise and this is the spot they need to focus on. Ajmal at 8 picks himself and 9,10,11 are typical pakistani fast bowlers (but I really feel these bowlers more belong to Akthar's school and not generation before that : brilliant sometime and wayward othertimes). Aamir's return will be great boost.

  • on November 26, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    for me best available combination is shazad hafeez asid shafique maqsood akmal misbah afridi anwar ali bhatti ajmal junaid hafeez need to play aggressive against styne once he start bowlers gonna change their strategy against him we are up in series dont worry for 2nd odi if u insert pressure for sure u will win and stay positive I hope pakistan gonna win their maiden series against africa and in shorter series pak is not a bad side.

  • on November 26, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Pakistan batting is very fragile. Openers must improve their performance. I personally agree with Sikander Bakht, Misbah-ul-haq should come @ 3rd, and Sohaib Maqsood @4th, Umar Akmal @ 5th, Mohammad Hafeez/Afridi (Pakistan can't afford to have two under-performing allrounders in team, One should be selected) @ 6th, Bilawal Bhatti @ 7th, Anwar Ali @ 8th, Saeed Ajmal @ 9th, Spinner (Raza Hasan) @ 10th and Junaid Khan @ 11th.

  • on November 26, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    I suggest to send our bowlers on top of the order, they are usually playing last 25 overs, might well play the first 25 overs. In fact if Pak really wants to win, they should send thier 10 bolwers with Misbah, I bet they will score more than our batsmen.

  • on November 26, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Just because Hafeez thinks he is a top order batsman doesn't mean he is a top order batsman. This fact should have been apparent to him by now. Oh well! Hope he realizes that.

  • on November 26, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Pakistan should not change their line up.. open with the same batsmen and play in the same strategy.. it seems like a good pitch... Changes mean a new strategy, a different coordination between players and if that doesnt work out, pakistan is back in the shell.. They are confident with the 2 wins, they should go out and enjoy cricket.. lets not forget southafricans are the ones under pressure.. Dont let them over come.. its always difficult to deal with pressure at home.. Pakistan has been able to put that up quite well.

  • on November 26, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Misbha is the best ever captain in pak cric history

  • mzm149 on November 26, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @Sam Mallik: Can you please explain how can someone with overall average of just 26.7 after 50 innings and this year's average (10 innings) of 17.9 be a tremendous batsman? He neither has form nor class in ODIs.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on November 26, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Miller needs to be given a better chance batting higher up the order. Seriously wasted down there at no. 7 Smith for umpteenth time needs to be dropped. Been proven over the last few years he is not what we need in ODIs. De Kock needs to open, this business of tinkering again and moving him to 3 needs to stop.

    How can Ryan McClaren after getting man of the series be dropped for the Home ODI Series? SA selectors astound me.

  • umairaslum on November 26, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    SA had figured out top five of Pakistan. Now they must have figured out Bilawal n anwer. I'm sure this time Pakistan can only win if Ahmed Shehzad scores. He has to come up with a ton. Pakistan'problems with top order are still the same. Its Jamshed or Shehzad, who can change the match. Khurram manzoor, Umar amin and Hafeez are no good. At least Shehzad faced 70 balls in the last match. Shehzad was the top scorer in UAE. Pak need score from top order excluding Hafeez.

  • on November 26, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    i dont think there will be any change, Toss will play an important role yet again. Both teams are struggling to chase. Hafeez should not be opening but again if there is no nasir then he should open. Many people here suggesting Afridi as opener, i dont think so. His batting days are gone. he cant play much down the order when ball is bit soft so how an he play vs new ball. Hafeez is also struggling but with this squad there are not many options.

    Anyway with inclusion of Bhatti & Anwar, pakistan got depth in their batting. they can bat till no9 on papers.

    in 1st odi, ahmed, nasir, misbah, maqsood gave away their stats and could not make it count.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 26, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    south africa starts as fav for me for tomorrows game. however after winning the first game that to in cape town i think boys moral would be high. i think playing 11 for pak is ok. however i feel there positioning or there roles are not correctly define. for example hafeez should bat at lower order at 6 just after misbah. he is an asset in shorter formats but not hav proper technique to be top order. similarly shoaib should play at 3 and akmal at 4. they are wasting him at six. nasir should be given full series and if he doesnt perform then its bye bye for him.misbah can finish the game should play at 5. both debutants should play at 7 and 8. however afridi should be considered just a bowler now should bat at 9.irfan( not part of team now) and juniad should be part of rotation policy as they are injury pron. the role has to be defined team selection is fine. best wishes for both the nation. hope rain doesnt come to party.

  • t20cric on November 26, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Pakistan have to play positively from the start to win this next match. Last time it was only really Anwar, Afridi & Bilawal who seemed to batting positively. All of them are tailenders we need specialist batsmen to bat positively. I think this team is good & the order needs changing but if we are going to bring anyone in it has to be Asad. Misbah might want to try Anwar & Bilawal before Afridi.

    My XI: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Sohaib Maqsood, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Mohammad Hafeez, 7.Bilawal Bhatti, 8.Anwar Ali, 9.Shahid Afridi, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Junaid Khan

    This would be an ideal XI but knowing Misbah he may drop Nasir and open with Hafeez & include Amin. Also he might lose hope Junaid and include Tanvir. This way Pak would have the perfect team to lose badly. Misbah needs to show confidence in Nasir & Junaid for them to perform well cuz everyone knows of their amazing potential. Anwar also needs to improve his bowling to strengthen the team.

  • Morfi on November 26, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    1. Nasir; 2. Shehzad; 3. Sohaib; 4. Misbah; 5.Akmal; 6.Hafeez; 7. Bhatti; 8.Afridi; 9. Anwer; 10. Ajmal; 11. Junaid

    <<< in that order!

  • mzm149 on November 26, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I heard on our biased media today that they should send Asad Shafiq as opener. His average in last 10 innings, those played in 2013, is 17.9. Wow, how glaring it is to say this.

  • Morfi on November 26, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    The no. 3 position across the world is reserved for the most prolific batsman in the team and / or technically the best. He serves as the steadiest player the team bats around, and scores runs consistently. Occasionally, the no.3 is a pinch hitter who bludgeons the opposition in little time. Hafeez, unfortunately, cannot fill any of these roles and hence must bat lower. Him being there makes the lower order vulnerable, and makes him a liability. No. 6 or 7 suit him best where he wont have to contend with swing and Steyn, and can bat w more ease. Rest of the team is all fine.

  • Jda123 on November 26, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Keep Jamshed because Shafiq will do nothing also.

  • mzm149 on November 26, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Misbah himself said in a press conference that he will not change the winning combination. There is no point in bringing Asad Shafiq back. Whenever he returns, he always fails. How much more evidence those calling for his return want to see.

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    pakistan wining ODI series against SA for first time will be more than a miracle. I don't think Misbah as captain deserve to win a series against SA. He is not that good captain. SA will bounce back hard as they did in second test match in UAE a month ago and they did not stop winning after that. Every day is not Sunday and SA will not allow our tailenders to score runs in this match again. So i am worried Pakistan may again get out under 100 runs in this match.

    I hope Pak play some competitive match .

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    just replace nasir with asad shafeeq....i really can't understand that why they are not picking asad shafeeq who is a tremendous batsman

  • shahnbej on November 26, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    I think Mesbah will send Hafeez as opener instead of Afridy became of politics. As everyone know Hafeez is struggling against Dale so there is no point to promoting his up in order but Masbah will do that if he drop Nadir. Some of us say drop Afridy and bring some youngsters like Zulfiqar please be mind that Zulfiqar is older than Afridy. Words for Misbah, please don't waste first 10 overs of power play go positive from very first ball and don't ask opener to play like you and save from new ball as well as Dale. Such a strategy create more pressure on batsmen and opponent bowlers are became more aggressive.

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    @cricketstarbest I thought you just said SA gonna win 3-0 ! Don't judge & Assume buddy, we having a go tomorrow

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    The Pakistani think-tank are missing a trick by not playing Umar Akmal at one-down....opening with Afridi can be another good shuffle in the batting order!!

  • TheHasan on November 26, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed Ahmed Shehzad Sohaib Maqsood Umar Akmal Misbah-ul-Haq Mohammed Hafeez Shahid Afridi Bilawal Bhatti Anwar Ali Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    umar amin & haris sohail. make new opener. both play well wid new ball.wanna see both has a opener.

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    i dont know why pakistan batsman bat so difensively. and why left out haris sohail. open the inning with haris sohail.

  • fayyaz03 on November 26, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    After reading this preview, a Pakistani fan cant ask for more good news. Questions over the fitness of Steyn and Tsotsobe, Probable Unavailability of Greame Smith, Lean patch in the career of Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and David Miller and above all immense pressure of captaincy on AB Devilliers! This all is clearly asking our boys to beat them and seal the first ever series win against them in their own backyard! Million dollar chance boys! Grab it!

  • on November 26, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    1 question to all afridi's fans. whenever (and mostly) afridi out under 10 runs you people said afridi not a batsman . he is a bowler. my question is then why not you play better bowler then afridi, now you ask who's better. yes, many bowlers like raza hassan , zulfiqar babar, and many more. why you try old faces again and again?

  • Resultpredictor on November 26, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Pakistan's victory in the first match was just by chance. MARK MY WORDS South Africa will win this series 2-1. Its 100% sure and it will happen definitely.

  • mensan on November 26, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Opening with Afridi may not be a bad move at all. He is doing not much in lower order anyway. Replace N. Jamshed with Asad Shafiq and play him one-down. Hafeez OK in lower order.

  • CodandChips on November 26, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Well done Pakistan for selecting a team without Sohail Tanvir in it. Keep it up!

  • Llik2 on November 26, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    The problm for pak is they loose wickets in end overs.espacially they want to hit everything when stayn is bowling.if stayn bowls good ball then they loose wicket.they could take 4 or even 5 five singles without loosing wickets then they could scor more runs nd could take other bowlers on

  • Saif-Ali on November 26, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Pak should play with same team and change their batting number 1.nasir 2.shehza 3.maqsood 4.akmal 5.misbah 6.hafeez 7.afridi 8.bhatti 9.anwar 10.ajmal 11.junaid

  • roook on November 26, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Pakistan has not sincerely addressed their batting problem so much rotation in the batting order. Misbah has no plan at all and he kept on saying see of new ball this is not test cricket and we have two new balls. South Africa is a good bowling attack but we need rotate strike take two's and one's.

    100 runs of 30 overs that pathetic, we donot play risk free shots grooming youngster is responsibility of team managment and captain and donot neglect it. Ahmed Shezad, Nasir Jamshad, Maqsood are getting most of runs from bounderies they should learn to take singles and two's against newball

  • zarasochozarasamjho on November 26, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Ryam McLaren did not make it into the SA team; and in the ODI series ended only a few days ago in the UAE, he was judged as the Man of the Series. That tells you how strong SA is. I feel their 2nd string would give the other test teams a run for their money. True SA is not ranked very high in ODIs. But to me they are so good (and can play in any conditions) that they belong right at the top 2. Pakistan's strength is in only in its bowling. Both their batting and fielding are well below par. How they can still win is mind-boggling, especially when you consider the politics, nepotism, and corruption which is rife within the PCB and the team itself has camps amongst themselves. May Pakistan win this series tomorrow Inshallah.

  • Dark.Matter on November 26, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    It is the history that Misbah failded to finish the match when ever the situation required him to do so. So, I am praying that we would not require Misbah to finish the job, otherwise it will be a 1,2,3 kaboom for us.

  • Mel-waas on November 26, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @Khuram Siddique Why don't you study Pakistan Batting performances before Misbah became the Captain. Like the England test series in 2010 or the Sydney debacle (where two Akmals got out on slog shots handing Australia a victory they didn't even expect) . Or Whitewash in the one day series where Afridi bit the ball. Or when Pakistan got out for just 50 in UAE tests twice against Austraila. Pakistan has been a weak batting side for a much longer time. Blaming your only Batsman of worth is nonsense. All foreign journalists like the Writers of this article are struggling to understand why Pakistanis hate the guy, they should be appreciating..

  • Dark.Matter on November 26, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    No doubt that Pakistan got some major improvement on this tour, but remember that it's SA's home ground and crowd. So, I am sure they will not let us win this series at any cost. So, to all Pakistan fans, it will be a disappointment in the end as always. I am hoping that Pakistan pull off some extra ordinary performance, win the next games and prove me wrong. Fingers crossed, hoping against the hope for the highly unlikely victory.

  • on November 26, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Yes they should play sensibly and the batsman should full fill their responsibility. Hopefully a series win after a long time

  • on November 26, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    either take risk of getting hafeez out inplace of asad shafiq or bring him down the order, no one knows if misbah opens and get a good opening partenership, it was naser and misbah who were the highest scorers in champions trophy. nasir did well in asia cup and is talented and muuch better than so called future captain umar amin. although anwar played well in first ODI i dont find him as a match for gul, irfan, zulfiqar babar. we are in need of a wicket keeper batsman like a-team muhammad rizwan or faislabad wolves's muhammad salman excellent batsman as well as wicket keeper in place of umar akmal. pakistan are in need of hammad azam, yasser hameed/taufiq umar(tests), zulfiqar babar/raza hassan, gul/imran nazeer(t20s),misbah(t20s), changing the whole team will spoil just lke what happened to newzealand, they lost to our bengal brothers 3-0, unlike alastair cook, faf du plessis, misbah comes down and pats the bowlers and appreciates them as well as scoulde them so misbah is good captian

  • Crick_Expert on November 26, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    PAK openers should play fast, stay on wicket longer and give a huge score. Mr. tuktuk should not waste balls and try to play as mature batsman. Well done by Bhatti and Anwar, keep up good job.

  • Crick_Expert on November 26, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I think PAK Team now get a good combination. PAK should keep same team, but openers should play fast in first 10 overs to put big score on board. Hope to see good game in 2nd ODI.

  • on November 26, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Asad Shafiq to replace Nasir Jamshed to give some depth ... at least to keep one sealed and for rotating strike. He is anyhow abetter fielder than Naser. Rest of the combination is doing well. Anadditional spinner - A Rehman can be in place og Junaid Khan. Above all Misbah should learn the art of attacking ..... not always palyoing for curtailing runs, he should go for the wickets.

  • on November 26, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    MY XI AND BATING ORDER 1=AFRIDI 2=AHMED 3=NASIR 4=SOHAIB 5=MISBAH 6=UMER 7=HAFEEZ 8=BILAWAL 9=ANWAR 10=AJMAL =JUNAID

  • Sports4Youth on November 26, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    - - Name - - - - - Age -Wickets - AVG.(FC) - - Wickets/Avg (Tests)

    SADAF Hussain - - (23) -- 190 - 18.13

    SAMIULLAH Khan - (31) -- 382 - 18.81

    EHSAN Adil - - - - (20) -- 083 - 18.93

    RAHAT Ali - - - - - (25) -- 170 - 21.46

    JUNIAD Khan - -- (23) -- 259 - 22.34 - - - - - 42 - 29

    M. RAMEEZ - - - (23) -- 166 - 22.06

    Bilawal BHATTI -- (22) -- 217 - 22.47

    IMRAN Khan - - (25) -- 227 - 21.74

    ASAD Ali - - - - - (25) -- 363 - 23.06

    YASIR Arafat - - (31) -- 767 - 24.18

    M.IRFAN - - - - (31) -- 141 - 27.13

    WAHAB Riaz - - (28) -- 333 - 27.50 - - - -- 17 - 34.11

    Umar GUL - - - (29) -- 327 - 28.56 - - - - 163 - 34.06

    M.SAMI - - - (32) -- 500 - 28.64 - - - - 85 - 52.74

    As you can see, In the first class matches W.Riaz, U.Gul & M.Sami are at the bottom of the pit. Yet they get selected regularly. The PCB thinks that with pace they have advantage.

    No.1 position according to performance is accupied by SADAF HUSSAIN, But No CHANCE. We Just saw how good BHATTI & ANWAR are.

  • SurlyCynic on November 26, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    As an SA fan I wish Sohail Tanvir was still playing and not the two new bowlers who are much better!

  • Cricket_Man on November 26, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    I complete agree with mzm149 and mhk21. The same Pakistani team should be played with Hafeez going down at no. 6 (4 down) and Maqsood and Akmal going at no.3 and no.4 respectively. But I would also want to see Bhatti and Ali batting at their numbers where they played well the last time. Promoting them right now might make them overconfident or they may lose focus on their bowling.

  • F-shahzi on November 26, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Pakistan should go with same XI they played in first ODI, batting positions needs to be changed. when you have 2 openers shehzad and jamshed why hafeez must come at no: 3 to face swinging ball ? Pakistan should try this line up in 2nd ODI. 1.Jamshed - 2.Shehzad - 3.Maqsood - 4.Akmal - 5.Misbah - 6.Hafeez - 7.Afridi - 8.Anwar - 9.Bhatti - 10.Ajmal - 11.Junaid. For South Africa Mclaren is very crucial. Smith might make a way for him.? Good luck to Pakistan looking forword for a good match of cricket. unfortunately the weather forcast is not good. 20-50% chance of rain. hopefully it will stay away. :)

  • on November 26, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    I think PAK don't need Hafeez. Why PAK is playing with 2 off spinners? Please do not drop Nasir Jamshed. We have seen Sohaib is playing excellent at number 3 and due to Hafeez opening in front Steyn issue. He has to come at 4 which not suited him yet. Please drop Hafeez and bring Asad Shafiq. On the other hand. SA has to face India so please rest Steyn / Morkel and bring TSOTSOBTE & MCLAREN. Also DeCock & Amla will open the inning, Smith should come in lower order.

  • on November 26, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    The problem is not in Pakistan young batters but it resides in the the way these youngsters are being handled. Since Misbah has become captain none of the youngsters are coming of age. If you watch a single ininng of Pakistan batting more keenly then you will get to the problem easily. Openers are told not play their shots and express themselves instead they are asked to survive for the first ten overs. This creates a barrier in the mind of our openers and end up playing false stroke after blocking so many deliveries. If they fail in 2+ games they start fearing for their place in the side, which adds additional pressure on the batsmen. All this battle for runs, place and playing dots balls (as ordered by the captain) ends up in failure to score. Misbah has this strange tendency to drop a youngster if he has failed to score in last two to three matches even if he has scored centuries just before those failures (Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq). This all ends up destruction of young talent.

  • zzby on November 26, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Bring Sharjeel Khan or Awias Zia ....

  • Hassan.cricket on November 26, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Bring hafeez down the order at 7 and misbah should bat as an opener.....

  • on November 26, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Strong character shown by Pakistan. Very few sides in the world can win against South Africa on their own soil in any format of the game. Without a doubt, South Africa has a very formidable unit in every aspect of the game. The win for Pakistan makes it all the more special considering how low their morale has been after the 4-1 thumping in UAE. It takes something special to show such determination and guts to bounce back. Kudos to Pakistan and stick with the same names. This should be a fascinating contest in the remaining ODIs.

  • keptalittlelow on November 26, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Pakistan should not drop Nasir Jamshed at this stage, he should get a few more chances, there is no guarantee that the replacement will do any better. I am sorry but I have no confidence in the current Pakistan Team, they win 1 and lose 10, they might have a remote chance of winning the second ODI if Misbah wins the toss and bat first.

  • on November 26, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    it will be tough match for Pakistan. I hope Pakistan will win it :) Nasir should play regularly. He is out of form. Best of luck to Pakistan :)

  • on November 26, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Do not change the 11,Bring hafeez down the order,he will be good at number 6.

  • on November 26, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    South Africa team 2nd odi Amla,de kock, de villiers, kallis, duminy, miller, maclaren, philander, styen, tosotsobe, imran

    Drop smith and morkel good luck SA

  • M.gundroo on November 26, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Almost all Pakistani batsmen are playing for their place and you can see that from body language and hesitant shots .with new batting depth openers should be allowed to play their natural game, that what they good at and that is why they are in the team. No point trying Amin or shafiq again, have we not tried and tested them, both were disappointing. Masood at 3, and Akmal at 4, gives them time enough time to play long innings to built a solid base. Hafeez is now best suited for 5 and the captain can come at 6 to guide 7,8, and 9 and he himself is a good finisher. Pakistani batsmen should also take inspiration from these two new fast bowlers and SA tail enders, simple basic cricket.SA fast bowling attack is good but not unplayable. Treat steyn with caution as they do against Ajmal, you know steyn has been regularly been your destroyer so why take chances against him, they don't take chances against Ajmal

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    i think they should stick with nasir jamshed, if he gets through this he will have a good career for pakistan. should be rewarded for his 3 100s against india.

  • mhk21 on November 26, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I won't experiment with the starting Eleven considering the choices , but the order needs to be desperately changed . Hafeez looking so out of sorts in batting needs to bat lower down the order while umer akmal should be promoted (as being in good form with the bat ) . My starting XI will be

    1) Jamshed 2) ahmed 3) sohaib 4) Umar Akmal 5) Misbah 6) Hafeez 7) Shahid Afridid 8) Bilawal 9) Anwar 10) Ajmal 11) Junaid

    considering the batting form Afridi is in right now , i wont hesitate to drop him a No or two and get the young ones a go .

  • Llik2 on November 26, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Pak should win this series with game to spare.they havent been in such position against sa this year .they should take advantage of this oppertunity.they should bring overrated amla de villiers steyn morkel on earth.

  • sameesafee on November 26, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    South Africa has always has the tendency to come back from this situation. If Pakistan has to win this series, their batting have to click especially in chasing.In the first ODI most of the top order Pakistani batters gifted away their wicket by some reckless batting which is a real concern, So if this ironed out then surely Pakistan will win this series.

  • NaseerAliKhan on November 26, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Pakistan team got bunch of talented individuals and one can say that the problem with them is of discipline,temparament, planning which often missing in the team, I wish that Pakistan get revenge from SA by defeating them in their milestone match. Good Luck Pakistan-All the best.

  • Sports4Youth on November 26, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I dont know why I am getting a feeling that Misbah may do something silly this time and disturb the winning combination.

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Nasir Jamsheed.............. for making room for Asad / Umar. as since Jan 2013, Nasir Jamsheed was not doing well beside the fat that he is one of the best Batter. But this bad patch is putting him in lot of pressure which results that he was unable to even got singles...... Selector should send him back to domestic cricket so that he will able to get confidence on his batting.

    No doubt he is good beside the fact he is not proving to be the best at the moment........... My Team for second ODI

    Ahmad Shahzad, Asad Shafiq, M Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Umer Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Anwer Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal.

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    The approach of Pakistan's management is questionable, when U.Akmal scored a rapid inning in last t20' so why not they are trying him at No. 3 poistion, as per my view sohaib at no 4, when ur best batsmen play at no 3 and 4 rest of the team players has no need to bat, Nasir & Junaid Khan's confidence is killed by Management by in n out again n again, both young guns need time n trust. Now it's time for Shehzad also to prove his talent in SA. for me Pak has to pick only 1 player between Afridi n Hafeez because Sohaib is a very good spinner, i wounder why Misbha afraid to use him, So in Asad shafeq in the place of Hafeez or Afridi, Now when all the punters r crying after ist odi i would suggest them to choice Pak this time, because they got the confidence n young guns with massive self-believe but wait if styen wil nt play SA cant win, i must say that Smith & Amla have a massive presure to perform they will fail once again, AB n Kallis wil be the key man, I wil go with Pak. Imran Dubai

  • mzm149 on November 26, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Pakistan should not tinker with the winning combination. The only change should be to alter batting order. Maqsood and Akmal should come up the order and Hafeez should be demoted. Hafeez will never be comfortable in opening and bringing Amin or Shafiq in middle order is not going to solve any problem as this article suggests.

    1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Maqsood 4. Akmal 5. Misbah 6. Hafeez 7. Bhatti 8. Afridi 9. Anwar 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

    Toss will be a definite factor in deciding the result. Whoever wins should bat because both teams are poor in chasing.

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Well !!! Tha'ts quite intriguing to know that Pak has got a chance to clinch much-needed series victory over SA which has so far been in the oblivion. Apart form that, SA is quickly becoming Pak's foe since we have scanty matches with arch rial India. I second this culture as it would nurture a pleasant competition between these two giants and above all the fans will always find themselves at the seventh heaven whenever these rams get their horns tussled!!! I wish both the boards should go for 5 match test series played each in SA as well UAE which would ultimately cater a window for the upcoming generations to shine against each others and show their brilliance by facing the pace attack as well as spin classics!!! Wish an unforgettable close to the remaining leg of the series! for both the teams!!

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Whenever these teams met in an ODI bilateral series the team which wins the first match;wins the series hope this continues

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    We want styen to play hope he is fine and fit , maclaren in david miller out tosotsobe in morkel out Perfect selection Go gold and green

  • BMDeep on November 26, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I am an Indian and have always been a huge fan of Pak cricket. I really wanted them to win this series as they have not played as badly as their reslts were reflecting. Perhaps it wud be better kept if it is said dat SA have not played as good as their resluts were showing. Keeping aside d stats, I think Pak has got momentum wid them and it is jus a matter of time before their batters find reasonable form. But for SA, It is open fact that they were not at their convincing best for very long time, results kept aside. For the first time in very long time, I can comfortably say that an opponent team should come good wid their batting, particularly playing against Pak as more often than not in recent past, Pak batters were on d receiving end of bashing. I also wanted to give a lot of credit to pak team for showing a lot of heart amidst ofso much criticism. All d best for both the teams but I wud certainly b waiting for this match than my own team tmrw jus for seeing Pak winning d series.

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Please drop Nasir..open with Afridi.. one more batter.. umer amin.. haffez at 6 batting order.. sehzad,afridi, shoib,akmal,misbah,umer amin,haffez, bilawal, anwer, azmal, zunaid. - perfect team for odis

  • Cricket_Man on November 26, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I think both teams are equally competitive. Both teams have strong and varied bowling units. Both teams are struggling with the bat. For me it is win the toss, bat first and win the match because out of the last 6 matches between them the team batting first has won all the matches. This clearly shows that both teams don't have the maturity to win matches with the bat.

  • SurlyCynic on November 26, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Amla and De Kock were going really well as an opening partnership recently and scoring at a good rate. I don't understand why this was changed just to bring Smith back, who is more suited to tests. SA would be better off with De Kock and Amla opening and maybe bringing in a middle order batsman who is decent against spin.

  • on November 26, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    I think I would stick to the same XI which won the first ODI for Pakistan. If I had to tinker with the batting order the only change I would make is drop Hafeez down the order to number 6 or 7. The other alternative is to drop Hafeez altogether which would mean only five bowlers and if one of the bowlers has a bad day, Misbah could find himself in bit of a problem. However, Hafeez is in the team mainly as a batsman and he has totally flopped and time has now come for Pakistan to consider either playing him or Afridi, another who continues to flop with the bat. The cricket experts such as Yusuf tend to think Shafiq is the most technically correct batsman in Team Pakistan and he is not being given long run to proof himself. Perhaps it is time to replace him with either Hafeez or Afridi to strengthen the batting, he cannot do worst than Afridi or Hafeez. My own view, however, is that Shafiq is not an ODI player. I would persevere with Jamshed as with time he will come good.

  • Fan1969 on November 26, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    No chance. SA will win 2-1

  • on November 26, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    I am happy to see that misbah is giving chance to young bilawal bhatti.he is one for the future.next best thing after razzaq

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  • on November 26, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    I am happy to see that misbah is giving chance to young bilawal bhatti.he is one for the future.next best thing after razzaq

  • Fan1969 on November 26, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    No chance. SA will win 2-1

  • on November 26, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    I think I would stick to the same XI which won the first ODI for Pakistan. If I had to tinker with the batting order the only change I would make is drop Hafeez down the order to number 6 or 7. The other alternative is to drop Hafeez altogether which would mean only five bowlers and if one of the bowlers has a bad day, Misbah could find himself in bit of a problem. However, Hafeez is in the team mainly as a batsman and he has totally flopped and time has now come for Pakistan to consider either playing him or Afridi, another who continues to flop with the bat. The cricket experts such as Yusuf tend to think Shafiq is the most technically correct batsman in Team Pakistan and he is not being given long run to proof himself. Perhaps it is time to replace him with either Hafeez or Afridi to strengthen the batting, he cannot do worst than Afridi or Hafeez. My own view, however, is that Shafiq is not an ODI player. I would persevere with Jamshed as with time he will come good.

  • SurlyCynic on November 26, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Amla and De Kock were going really well as an opening partnership recently and scoring at a good rate. I don't understand why this was changed just to bring Smith back, who is more suited to tests. SA would be better off with De Kock and Amla opening and maybe bringing in a middle order batsman who is decent against spin.

  • Cricket_Man on November 26, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I think both teams are equally competitive. Both teams have strong and varied bowling units. Both teams are struggling with the bat. For me it is win the toss, bat first and win the match because out of the last 6 matches between them the team batting first has won all the matches. This clearly shows that both teams don't have the maturity to win matches with the bat.

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Please drop Nasir..open with Afridi.. one more batter.. umer amin.. haffez at 6 batting order.. sehzad,afridi, shoib,akmal,misbah,umer amin,haffez, bilawal, anwer, azmal, zunaid. - perfect team for odis

  • BMDeep on November 26, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I am an Indian and have always been a huge fan of Pak cricket. I really wanted them to win this series as they have not played as badly as their reslts were reflecting. Perhaps it wud be better kept if it is said dat SA have not played as good as their resluts were showing. Keeping aside d stats, I think Pak has got momentum wid them and it is jus a matter of time before their batters find reasonable form. But for SA, It is open fact that they were not at their convincing best for very long time, results kept aside. For the first time in very long time, I can comfortably say that an opponent team should come good wid their batting, particularly playing against Pak as more often than not in recent past, Pak batters were on d receiving end of bashing. I also wanted to give a lot of credit to pak team for showing a lot of heart amidst ofso much criticism. All d best for both the teams but I wud certainly b waiting for this match than my own team tmrw jus for seeing Pak winning d series.

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    We want styen to play hope he is fine and fit , maclaren in david miller out tosotsobe in morkel out Perfect selection Go gold and green

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Whenever these teams met in an ODI bilateral series the team which wins the first match;wins the series hope this continues

  • on November 26, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Well !!! Tha'ts quite intriguing to know that Pak has got a chance to clinch much-needed series victory over SA which has so far been in the oblivion. Apart form that, SA is quickly becoming Pak's foe since we have scanty matches with arch rial India. I second this culture as it would nurture a pleasant competition between these two giants and above all the fans will always find themselves at the seventh heaven whenever these rams get their horns tussled!!! I wish both the boards should go for 5 match test series played each in SA as well UAE which would ultimately cater a window for the upcoming generations to shine against each others and show their brilliance by facing the pace attack as well as spin classics!!! Wish an unforgettable close to the remaining leg of the series! for both the teams!!