South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Johannesburg

Momentum key in quick turnaround

The Preview by Firdose Moonda

March 16, 2013

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Match facts

March 17, 2013, Johannesburg
Start time 1000 local (0800 GMT)

Hashim Amla punches the ball down the ground, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein, March 10, 2013
Hashim Amla has teased with starts in both matches so far © AFP
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Big Picture

If one-day series have to be this drawn out - this five-match one will take 15 days to complete - at least they should reach their mid-point with all to play for. Pakistan's comeback in Centurion has ensured that is the case and set the contest up for an exciting second half.

With just over 34 hours separating the end of the second match on Friday night and the start of the third one on Sunday morning, this is the only time in the series where momentum may matter because there is such little time to reflect. For Pakistan, that's good news.

They did almost everything right at SuperSport Park, although there are a few things they will want to improve on. After having South Africa 62 for 5, they probably conceded more than they would have liked to. They also made heavy weather of the small chase upfront and will want one of the top three batsmen to go on to post a big score.

Those things involve fine-tuning but South Africa have to look at the broader problems. Again, they found themselves in a pressure situation and again, they could not emerge from it. Farhaan Behardien's determination served as an indication that the middle order is firming up but now they need a collective effort.

Their only fault in the field was a lack of control as AB de Villiers edged dangerously close to being behind the over-rate. Mini-conferences between deliveries and constant changes of fields indicated how hard he was trying to create something but that needs to be tempered with some urgency.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
South Africa: LWWLL
Pakistan: WLLWW

In the spotlight

Hashim Amla has teased with starts in both matches so far but a nasty habit of inside-edging is blighting his game. Usually known for his cool head, Amla has looked hasty in his approach. In his reign as the No.1 ranked ODI batsman in the world, Amla has struck that balance so far but with Graeme Smith struggling and an inexperienced middle order, he is not getting it quite right in this series yet.

With Mohammed Irfan in doubt with a hamstring injury, it will fall to Umar Gul to lead the Pakistan attack once again. Gul has only had one impressive performance on tour, his explosive 5 for 6 in the Twenty20, but he has not taken a single wicket in the ODIs. Moreover, he has been expensive and although he succeeded in troubling Smith in the first match, he was ineffective in the second. If Pakistan hope for a repeat of their Centurion showing, Gul will have to up his game significantly.

Team news

Farhaan Behardien earned himself a few more matches with the only half-century of the innings in Centurion which will keep David Miller out further. Dale Steyn's return means that if Rory Kleinveldt has not recovered from the rib niggle that kept him out of Friday's match, the attack will also stay the same.

South Africa: (probable) 1 Graeme Smith 2 Hashim Amla 3 Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Ryan McLaren 8 Robin Peterson 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Kyle Abbott/Rory Kleinveldt, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

After Kamran Akmal partnered Mohammad Hafeez with some success in Centurion, pressure will mount on the management to let him open. That would mean only a reshuffle in the batting order with Hafeez dropping to No.3. Pakistan did not miss the extra batsman on Friday and will stick to the same combination with three fast bowlers and Saeed Ajmal as long as Irfan is fit. If Irfan does not play, Wahab Riaz may come in.

Pakistan: (probable) 1, 2 and 3 Nasir Jamshed/Kamran Akmal (wk)/Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammed Irfan/Wahab Riaz

Pitch and conditions

Six years ago, this was the ground that produced what it still advertised as the "Greatest ODI of all time," the 438 game between South Africa and Australia. The Wanderers one-day surface promises runs and pace and more of the same can be expected. The weather forecast is clear during the day with a shower possible in the evening.

Unrelated to the match, but of interest nonetheless is that the stadium will be turned pink in support of breast cancer awareness and the organisers are attempting to break the record for the most number of people wearing pink in one place on a day.

Stats and trivia

  • Of the players in this series, Graeme Smith has the most runs at the Wanderers with 452 at an average of 41.09.
  • Pakistan have never won a bilateral ODI series against South Africa.


"We've had two one-sided games so far because one of the teams hasn't turned up. We didn't turn up today and Pakistan didn't in Bloemfontein. If both teams pitch up at the Wanderers, hopefully it will be a very exciting game on Sunday. We will still be favourites because of home conditions on a bouncy and pacy track at the Wanderers."
AB de Villiers

"With the fielding restrictions, you need to pick wickets. Chasing five or six runs an over is easy to get when batsmen are settled. Every batsmen needs to go and get some big knocks. We really need to show some responsibility and just go on."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by einstien_jouniar on (March 17, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

anyway in my opinion Pak management should specify few best cricketers in all departments,in middle order, opening, allrounders, wicket keepers, spiners and pacer. . . . . than rotate them on regular basis despite win or loss, once once selected give them full opportunity for a season, rotate . . . . keep shuffling them in series to series, use all 15s in every series. . . . in end we wil have a much better side for bigger tournaments and less politics in next season replace nonperformers with new blood in every department and gave them a complete season again . . . .let them develop a little confidence at international level

Posted by S.Alis on (March 17, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

Pakistan choose to bowl on high scoring venue. I'm not feeling good about it at all.

Posted by einstien_jouniar on (March 17, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

@ Sabir . . . if u remember last match against india, umar throw his wicket away after scoring 26 runs, and we fail to chase 161, i can bet he would have repeated same in yesterday match. . . he did it on many occasions, if u remember his silly short in test against australia, he throw his wicket foolishly...he has developed the habit of throwing his wicket foolishly when it needs most . . he is talented but not perceptive and gritty. . . it is required to make him realize his mistakes and help him to mature, team management is doing right thing in his case, he is not dropped but he have to wait for getting his opportunity... this is exact treatment for him

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

This is really shame that the Pak t20 captain averages only 26 and strike rate of 68 in odi,s and Pak odi captain have not score a single century yet compared to earlier captain like Inzi, Imran, Wasim, Waqar ets who were legends. this really shows the pak cricket standard. im a huge fan of pak team but it really frustrate me

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

@einstien_jouniar, Its not Umar Akmal who fails to deliver when it matter most, its Mishbah who always fail to deliver when it needed. remember t20 league match in wt20 pak needed 2 runs of 2 balls against India, Final t20 world cup final played silly shot and most frustrating recently world cup semifinal he and younis single handedly cost pak a world cup after batting so slowly and put the rest of players under tremendous player and when pak required rate crossed 22 he started hitting sixes. even former great inzi has critised his batting approach.

Posted by dmqi on (March 17, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Dear all,

We can make all the permutation and combination with Malik, Afridi, Asad, Umar Akmal, Riaz, Gul but the reality is Pakistan needs couple of good scores over 50 from the top 5 supported by 30-40 scores from others in top 5. That can take the target over 230 to make the game competitive. Pakistan has failed to do that. See the way Hafiz, Kamran, Younus got out in the last match, not very encouraging. These 3 could have added another 50 runs with sensible batting. There lies the success of the team. Top 5 has to score 200 runs, period.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

umar gul should get some rest..............Abdul Wahab should come in place of him...........Afridi should play at no 4..Umer akmal and asad shafid both should be in team.....if pakistan got target higher than 250 pakistan will never achieve this target with misbah, Younis and shoab malik.............

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

SA are the favourites still !!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

kamran should open with jamshed and hafeez at 3 positionin the next ODI.kamran his been rusted at 6 position.he is a much better batsmen at opening position.but he his to improve his skills with the gloves.good luck green shirts

Posted by einstien_jouniar on (March 17, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

i'm 100% agree with Hammad Khalid

Posted by einstien_jouniar on (March 17, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

i'm fail to imagine why u guys want umer akmal desperately, he is 1 who always let team down in pressure situations, being aggressive or being talented isn't enough for being a gud cricketer, he got many chances to win a game for country but he failed to deliver, he is not even a consistent scorer, i m happy with management for turning him to 12th man, he deserve only this place in team, let him carry drinks for a while that will make him to think why he is not getting chance, this may help him to mature into a gutsy cricketer, asad desreve chance but not above malik, he can replace misbah under hafeez's captaincy but champion trophy is near, and changing captain at this moment will be wrong so let misbah in for a while...after champion trophy he should be retire from limited over cricket but should remain captain for longer version, select a youngster, and groom him as captain under misbah's guidance in tests, let hafeez be captain of limited over game for time being...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

I think Nasir shud be given a break as he is not in a good touch. Imran Farhat shud get a chance, as he has been performing well lately. Kamran shud play opener or 1 down in order not to waste him at num 6 or 7.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

@a.syed81 .. your knowledge of cricket seems very low! Malik Younis and Misbah are one of the main reasons pakistan has achieved something in last few years. I am ashamed that we float the ideas of changing captains ourselves and when our board do, the blame goes on them. Umar Akmal has been tried and tested, but hasn't performed or promised much. He was brilliant at start but has dropped down . Asad is a good add in the team and should get chances. But with Younis in form, and playing more than 4 bowlers, Asad will have sit down. which is sad. as he has been performing well. With Malik you also get a 4th spinner. Although he is not used much but he can be there when one of Ajmal, Afridi or Haffeez has an off day.If there is one player someone has to speak against. It should be Afridi.. his time is up! strangely no1 speaks against him

My team for the match

1- Nasir ,2- Kami ,3- Hafeez , 4- Younis/Asad, 5- Misbah, 6- Malik, 7- Afridi, 8- Wahab , 9- Junaid, 10- Ajmal, 11- Irfan

Posted by vak1997 on (March 17, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

Where's Morne Morkel? Styen-Morkel being the new ball pair would be imperious in ODIs as well...

Posted by dmqi on (March 17, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

Result forecast: If Irfan does not play to his full potential, I do not see how SA batting can be controlled with mediocre Pak bowling of Gul and other pacer. The spinners can not take wicket either. So, cautious SA batting will insure a win with their quality bowling and superb fielding. 70-30 in favor of SA.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (March 17, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

TommytuckerSaffa : I wonder if your interest has anything to do with South African cricketers being a habitual chokers? Get real! Pakistan has won T20 series and in all fairness, SA ODI team is looking pretty averages. No wonder AB is begging for seaming wickets. What has SA achieved outside SA? last time Pak drew a test series in UAE( and mind you UAE is not winning entirely spinning wickets like you would see in India or SL). SA was a deserving winner of test series as they are a better test team but in all fairness, Pak did better than what 3-0 suggests. Pakistan had more than dozen umpiring decisions against them and Steve Davies was at forefront of almost all of them! Winning is what matters and SA has nothing to show in winning column when it comes to majour world cups! Back to this match; I hope Wahab riaz gets a chance. He is a very fine fast bowler who is desperate for some International cricket. Wahab is also a better fielder and definitely a very useful batsman!

Posted by a.syed81 on (March 17, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

I don't think Misbah will change this batting in the next game (simply because he is not an aggressive player/captain). So people give up all the hopes to see Umar and Asad in this team. What a shame instead of grooming these young guys Misbah is wasting them and keep using the already failed (Younis, Malik, Gul ) players. It's so sad they (Umar and Asad) are playing under Misbah. All these old horses should be kicked out (Misbah, Younis and Malik) and this should be the team to be groomed for 2015 WC.

1-Nasir, 2-Ahmed, 3-Kamran, 4-Hafeez (C), 5-Umar, 6-Asad/Haris, 7-Afridi/Hamad/Razzaq, 8-Gu/Riazl 9-Saeed/Raza. 10-Junaid, 11-Irfan.

WE NEED AGGRESSIVE PLAYERS!!!For God Sake. YOU CAN'T WIN BIG MATCHES WITH PLAYERS LIKE Misbah, Younis and Malik. They can only make us win if they're chasing 190 or 220 MAX (mark my words).

Who says we don't have players to replace Misbah, Younis and Malik. Can't Umar, Asad, Haris, Ahmed can do the job. I'm certain they cay. Comments please !!!.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

Wahab and Umar akmal should be included and I am not a fan of Umar Gull.

Posted by UK_Chap on (March 16, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

As usual SAF fans belittling the shorter formats because of your own poor showing in these formats. Calling it hit and giggle ....really... why do so many SAF "fans" turn out to watch the games.? Why does your board bother sending the team to the tournaments ?.

Posted by imranmujtaba on (March 16, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

Could Pakistan leave Misbah and Younis out of the team ? And give chance to youngster umar Akmal and Asad to grow for future under Shahid or Shoaib Malik captaincy!!! Bring more fresh blood in the middle order Please PCB selection team! Misbah is destroyer in the middle, mr tuk tuk then get out or hit few boundaries at the end and improve SR, why don't PAKISTAN keep AbdulRazzaq, he has won more game for Pakistan can tuk tuk or hit boundaries much better then Misbah!

Posted by imranmujtaba on (March 16, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

Pakistan can not win or give target 300+ without Umar Akmal, Afridi and Malik playing in first top 5 numbers. It is not possible to give them chance un til misbah and Younis are in the team:( So, it all come down to Pak bowling - Pak bowlers has to get them below 250 to win the game, possibly below 200 against SA strong bowling line up.

Posted by Crickworld on (March 16, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

Very weak batting line but well Played this time. Pakistani Board have to take some hard decision about batsmen the whole batting line is not giving any kind of good (Not even a little) performance for long time they performe ok only on dead pitches.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

There is serious inclusion of Razzaq required in place of a Fast bowler, probably Gul. With a unreliable Top order, Razzaq could be a healthy campaigner to support the batting order.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (March 16, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

Why are all the Pakistani cricket fans still crying? The ODI series is tied at 1-1 and you won the T20! What else do you expect from your team?

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

Some Players that need to be considered part of the side: Razzaq , Hammad , Imran Nazir - they have lots of potential! they are known for their potential not for disappointment.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

The Key to winning any match is Good Mind Set - I couldn't agree more with "ammar's comment" but i disagree with both akmal bro's playing in same match or in same form of cricket otherwise that may create politics within the team which should be avoided. Afridi definitely should be promoted higher up in the order, he's really talented player and has the ability to play well in any situation against any team on any pitch and on any day! for someone of that ability to bat at No7 such team management decision is just unbelievable.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

@t20cric Misbbah is always a good player with strike rate of 74 + Average of 42 in his 111 matches , I dont know why Pakistani cricket fans only want to see aggressiveness in Batsmen

Posted by jb633 on (March 16, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Tommytucker, to be fair it is because ODI and T20 cricket are incredibly boring and meaningless. Any player worth their salt makes a name in test cricket not the hit and giggle pyjama stuff.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

nasir kamran umar younis misbah shoaib afridi rahman ajmal gul irfan must include rahman in playing 11

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

Pakistan needs at least 2 fast bowling all rounders. one of should b a batting all rounder that is very essential for the long run. although we have spin bowling all rounders in the shape of hafeez afridi and malik, but that is fine when we are playing in subcontinent. when we play in out of subcontinent there we struggle with these all rounders. finally pcb should hunt for batting wicket keeper, is there no keeper in all pakistan who can bat. we have gulrez sadaf who hasbeen been impressive with bat gloves in domestic circuit

Posted by t20cric on (March 16, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Misbah batted very good in the 2nd match his strike rate was 76 and in the first ODI it was 80+ he is known for being a tuk tuk batsman but he is proving it wrong in this series.Pakistan really need Mohammad Irfan for the next match they can still win without him but it will be much easier with him. Shaihid Afridi did good bowling cuz his economy was only higher then Ajmal and he is the only 1 to not give any extras hopefully he takes some wickets next time. Even Shoaib Malik batted well yesterday. Nasir Jamshed has to improve his batting and try to get a 40+ score or else someone will probably take his place for the rest of the series. Hafeez must learn how to counter Steyn cuz it is getting bad for him now. Over all I think Pakistan can win if Mohammad Irfan plays and if the fast bowlers don't concede much runs just like the spinners and if Misbah continues to have a 70+ strike rate.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

I think the result of Pakistan victory is because Pakistan fast bowlers extracted life due to moister on wicket.Secondly due to over confidence of SA captan and their team. They started match in real hurry and played reckless shots and lost their wickets.Winning the toss and opted for batting is one major factor.I t

Posted by kashmd on (March 16, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

I am not a fan of what Omar Akmal does to himself but i know we have no other option but him, and we also know how capable he is. When we see a talent why our admin cant groom a player rather then just expecting them to improve on their own mentally. This is a wrong approach, everyone has a different personality naturally that can be molded only not changed. Remember Afridi scoring hundred in India in a "test" match, he just needed confidence from miandad. I am scared we will loose one more talent like imran nazir & co simply because they dont have a good head and rush of blood. In my opinion Omar Akmal is the best talent available and if he is given #4 in all formats and given the responsibility for a guaranteed year he will prove. Pls dont loose akmal, everybody is not Miandad or Tendulkar when come young!

Posted by mzm149 on (March 16, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

If Nasir Jamshed fails to score big tomorrow, I have a feeling Imran Farhat will grab his place for next two games if Pakistan doesn't win. Afridi has scored some runs in first match to occupy his place for the whole series. Otherwise Rahman should be given a chance. He showed in practice match that he can bat and had a big contribution in winning the game.

I hope Pakistan wins next 2 games so that they should try Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and Rahman in the last game because it would be a dead rubber as I know they are not brave enough to try a different combination in next 2 games after winning this one. We should be preparing for Champions Trophy. I don't think it would be wise to play Afridi and Malik in that series and for that Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq should get some practice on these type of pitches.

Posted by applethief on (March 16, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@Great-shot444 fair point, but Akmal never gets treated like a proper batsman like he is, he keeps getting shoved down the order and asked to be a slogger instead of batting 3 or 4 and playing the proper range of shots he is capable of.

Picking Wahab over Gul gives us no right-arm quicks, which could be risky as it leaves us one dimensional. If The Wanderers will be a high scoring pitch again, how about Abdur Rehman? He has good control and doesn't usually concede many runs, which could be a valuable skill in this game, particularly as Gul and Wahab leak a lot of runs.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 16, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

I'm really struggling to get myself excited about these ODIs, why is that? When is our next test match anyway?

Posted by Kashif.Anwar on (March 16, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

I see people commenting on sacking Umar Gul. Well I think he is a world class bowler with the ability to seam as well as reverse swing the ball. How does a bowler of his caliber perform poorly... I would say he has a useless bowling coach... Mohammad Akram. We need a better bowling coach!!!! Where is Aqib Javed!!!! We want him to train these guys and show them what the right spots for bowling are on different kinds of tracks. What I saw in the last match was that pakistani fast bowlers couldn't find a right channel to blowing and they were spraying it everywhere. Irfan just bowled in the right channel and got rewarded for it.

Posted by saabir786 on (March 16, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Pak won the 2nd odi becoz they were not chasing very big total. they have a very defensive batting approch. Mishbah Plz Plz retire now

Posted by saabir786 on (March 16, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

this is really shame that the Pak highest ranked player is carrying the drinks and the tried and tested players like Younis and Mallik is getting consistent run. My request to PCB to remove Mishbah from captaincy

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (March 16, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

BTW the 438 was the best ODI match. in the words of the Dominator, there is no other!

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (March 16, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

34 hours to recover is plenty of time in a non contact sport. These guys are well paid entertainers and earning money playing cricket is a privilege. As a Protea's fan well accustomed to ODI failure, I am going to measure my expectation and say we will win this 4-1!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Travian - I do agree that Nasir needs to be groomed, but if Pakistan are to win this series, then they need to play Umar. It's not fair what the Pakistan team is doing to him. He's arrogant, loses patience etc etc true - but you guys need to play him , to let him build some confidence.

If your team (I'm a srilankan) is targetting the 2015 WC, then I reckon it's time to say bye bye to Younis Khan and Misbah ...bring Razzaq , Hammad , Anwar Ali and Yasir Shah

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (March 16, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

@Great-shot444. You right Umar throws his wicket in trying to score quickly. But we should also consider he was always sent at No 6 to bat when only last 10-15 overs are left and likes of Misbah has already slow down the run rate. Umar try to play for the team by scoring quickly instead he could have just stayed on the wicket to play for himself like Misbah to increase own average forgetting Pakistan. In that case people like you would have been objecting today. Please consider situations not just number

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

irfan's injury may hurt pakistan, if he is injured then Wahab should be in. if irfan is fit even then they should think of replacing gul. but that wont happen.

After Malik/younas scored runs so there isnt any chance to replace them and pak will go mostly with same batsmen. umar akmal would be nice but after 2nd game i dont think so.

ONly person who is in danger is jamshed, he has been below par in this tour even in shorted format. and getting out on mostly poor shots. his time may be running out and people will call for his head soon.

Kamran should open or no3. 1 option can be bringing some 1 in middle order for jamshed and kamran/hafeez open.

Posted by cisco420 on (March 16, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Asad Shafiq should be playing in all the games.Also Wahab needs to play instead of Umer Gul who is a waste in ODIs and Tests.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 16, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

I Know there are lot of Umar Akmal fans, i m also BUT he has given lot of chances and i cant remember he has won a match for pakistan . Just a one word T20 match against SA. He always throw his wicket away. If he was playing yesterday's match instead of Malik then Pak lost that match

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (March 16, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Pak pace attack is very weak without Irfan. He plays 1 and sits out 3 games which is hurting Pakistan. What is the Pak management doing. He needs to be fed and groomed properly so that he can perform at a very high level - consistently. He is the only Pak bowler who can get bounce repeatedly. The others mostly bowl half volleys or slow and weak bouncers. Umar Gul must be thrown out.

Posted by Zee_1203 on (March 16, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Pakistan should have to make one change, Wahab Riaz in and Saeed Ajmal out since we aleardy have 3 spiners Hafeez, shahid and Shoaib.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 16, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

First of all Congrats Pakistan for avoiding whitewash.No Irfan means Pakistan is going to lose this match. Prepare well Pakistan for defeat as you cannot win tomorrow at any cost. Congrats South Africa for winning this match.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

In the third ODI I just hope Team Pakistan do not make a mistake by playing so many average all rounders. The area where Team Pakistan is weak is their batting and they must have another specialist batsman. The extra specialist batsman has to be Umar Akmal who is the highest ranking Pakistani ODI batsman with a healthy strike rate. On his day he is also a match winner and much better batsman than shafiq, Afridi or Malik. As Afridi is inconsistent and unreliable I would probably omit him from the XI in favour of Umar Akmal. My XI for 3rd ODI would be in following batting order:1. Jamshed, 2. Kamran, 3. Yunus, 4. Umar, 5. Misbah, 6. Hafeez, 7. Malik / Afridi, 8. Wahab, 9. Gul, 10. Ajmal, 11. Irfan / Junaid. Irfan plays if he is fit.

Posted by Travian.Cricket on (March 16, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

@Muhammad Wazim Akram . Get in Umar at the expense of Nasir ? You gotta be kidding . Let us groom Nasir . You will remove someone who struggled where everyone did for U.Akmal ? Tsk Tsk .

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 16, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

Why PAK is wasting a talent like Umar Akmal, this guy should play every ODI matches if PAK keeps an eye on WC 2015 and a big question, Who is gonna lead PAK on WC?

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Promote Afridi up the order otherwise your not utilizing your key player he has the potential to put up big score on the card given the appropriate opportunity , he's not originally a bowler but he's a BATSMAN and is in good form. Hafeez hasn't performed so he should be sent down the order and same for kamran otherwise they just let the whole team spirits down with their continuous inconsistency in this series . Make Appropriate Changes according to players form.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (March 16, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Pakistan needs to show some aggression in their bowling. A bit of sledging here and there is fine. South Africans put so much pressure on the Pakistani batsmen when they are batting. Pakistani batsmen have been bullied by the South African fielders and Steyn, more recently Tsotsobe. Irfan, Junaid and Ajmal should talk to the South African batsmen the same way. If they can't say something in English then they should say something in Urdu but please don't be dull while bowling.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Give Umar a chance, at the cost of Afridi or Jamshed. Jamshed is not at his best in this series. So preferably..

1. Kamran 2. Hafeez 3. Younis 4. Umar Akmal 5. Misbah 6. Malik 7. Afridi 8. Ajmal 9. Umar Gul 10. Junaid 11. Wahhab / Irfan

Posted by Cricket_Man on (March 16, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

If Irfan is fit then drop Gul and bring Wahab Riaz . Otherwise there is no need to make any change. No need to bring in U. Akmal. If anybody deserves a chance it's Asad Shafiq.

Posted by fah4 on (March 16, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

If Irfan is not fit they should bring Wahab Riaz he is a good bowler.After the inning of Shoaib Malik in 2nd match I still want Pak team to drop him as similar inning will not come from him at least a year. Either Umar Akmal or Asad Shafiq should replace Malik. Other all is ok. Best of luck to Pak Team....

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

i hope pakistan bat first

Posted by Imtiazkhattak on (March 16, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Pakistan six wickets win in the second ODI at the Super sport Park in Centurion must have boosted its confidence. People usually associate Inconsistency and unreliability with Pakistan team but there is no reason that might hamper its ability to repeat such performance. I think they should open with Kamran and Nasir, and must bring in another batsman as Hafeez normally bowls his full quota of overs. Further Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Asad and Nasir are the future of Pakistan and all of them must play in at least ODIs.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

If Pakistan Bat first then they have 70% chances of winning the match, Otherwise it will be difficult for pakistan to chase a big total . J'burg is a high scoring ground.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Umer akmal should come in for kamran akmal he can keep wickets and no doubt better batter than kamran.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 16, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Funny schedule but its gud for pakistan that atleast they have a Momentum on their side !! GO GREEN SHIRTS (by the way both teams have green shirts :-D )

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

As far I know, none of the Asian teams has won a bilateral Odi series in SA. Last time Pakistan came close with the score line 3-2, same goes for India and Sri Lanka! 3rd match is pretty much favoring Pakistan but Pakistan need Mohammad Irfan to intimidate. Pakistan should consider Abdur Rahman and create 3 spinners-2 pacers formation if Mohammd Irfan is unavailable. Umar Gul should rethink his strategies. Hafeez should bat in the middle. Umar Akmal should play. If necessary, get Kamran out of the match and give Umar the gloves.

Posted by RahiLUMS on (March 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Hopefully this will be a good match. Pakistan need to go in with a positive mind set & play aggressively. Sending Akmal up the order was a good move and it paid off. They should stick to it. I would still bring Umar Akmal in between Younis and Misbah in place of Afridi but that might not happen as Afridi had shown a positive glimpse o his old golden batting form in the first match. Moreover, Pakistanis need to keep the handle on the pressure. They can never let the South Africans like they did the 2nd match. 20 30 more runs would have made it too difficult for Pakistan. Finally, Misbah need to be proactive with his bowling changes and field setting. It was impressive to see AB De Villiers try out everything to defend the smallish total. Overall, it will be a good match & Pakistan should win owing to spin bowling and momentum!!

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

pakistan must play another batsmn (umar akmal) and reduce one spin allrounder.

Posted by walikss on (March 16, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

if Pakistan wants to repeat the centurion win at wanderers their middle order has to perform again and the most of all gul has to perform and should lead the attack, misbah- younis and misbah-shoiab partnership paved the way at centurian for pak.

Posted by DaDaL0G on (March 16, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Go Green Shaheens Get them !

Posted by Riz000 on (March 16, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Drop hafeez for sake of God!!

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