About the Match
South Africa and Pakistan are placed closely in the ODI rankings, where South Africa with 105 points is at No.5 and Pakistan with 101 rating is at No.6. The two test series between the two countries just concluded, where both teams shared the honors one each; Pakistan won the 1st test by 7 wickets with more than a day to spare and the 2nd one was a crushing defeat for the same Pakistan team losing by 92 runs and an innings - what a contrast! Now both teams are geared up for a 5 match ODI series in the Middle East commencing on 30th October. Misbah-ul -Haq leads a mix of experienced heads and talented new entrants, as in the case of South Africa, which is being led by the 29 year old on-the-toe, AB de Villiers. Their weak points seem to have been addressed to some extent in the composition of the ODI teams and we are now looking forward to an interesting contest in this ODI contest match.
Graeme Smith is their most experienced player having played 193 matches, with 6942 runs to his credit that has 10 centuries and 47 fifties whereas the Captain de Villiers has played 148 ODIs, with 5817 runs comprising of 14 centuries and 34 fifties. Hashim Amla, Duminy and Miller will strengthen the middle order and are dependable to exploit a good start. Plessis, Philander and McLaren will contribute well for the success of the team as all-rounders; Morkel, Steyn, Tsotsobe will spearhead the battery of fast bowlers having a lot of experience behind them, with Imran Tahir who has proved to be a bane to the Pakistanis especially in the 2nd test. South Africa has the resources in the form of Plessis, Smith and Miller for slow bowling, and will share some overs with Tahir who can be very economical and effective.
Pakistan needs consistency; except for their Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq, all the others were miserable in the test squad. Shahid Afridi has joined the ODI squad who has 362 ODIs behind him with 7360 runs, 6 centuries and 35 fifties, and is a game changer in this format of the game and can bring fortunes to the team, provided he remains cool. Md. Hafeez, will be a good resource to assist Afridi with slow bowling and a dependable batting and the top and middle order seems well equipped with a fairly long tail. The lower order of Pakistanis cannot be expected to fire in slog overs and hence a lot of dependence will be on the top and middle order in setting a satisfactory target or surmounting a huge target.
Both teams have replenished the composition of the ODI squad with suitable combination of all-rounders and slow bowling, after their below average performance in the test series. The teams look well balanced with a strong middle order and a pack of fast bowlers and good slow bowlers to assist. South Africa is capable of exploiting vulnerability of the opponent when the opponent is under pressure, and Pakistan of late, has been cracking under pressure. Hence, we are most likely to see a South African win in the 1st ODI on 30th.
Pakistan, 1.73 @ William Hill
Pakistani openers have struggled to score quickly in all ODIs they’ve played recently. South Africa, on the other hand, have a strong top order and aggressive intent to score runs. Considering top-order of both the sides and its recent form, I think Proteas are more likely to have scored more than their opponents.
First 15 Overs Runs:
South Afica, 1.80 @ Bet365