1st ODI South Africa vs Pakistan Preview – Stats, Team News, Players to Watch Out & Lot More

The two teams met a while back in Pakistan and South Africa had dwindling fortunes in that series.
Sayanta Sengupta Author

Updated - 1 April 2021 6:06 pm

South Africa vs Pakistan 1st ODI Preview
Match Details

Date: 2nd April 2021
Time: 1:30 PM (IST)
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion

Preview

South Africa take on Pakistan in this 3-match ODI series, starting from the 2nd of April. Both teams are quality cricketing sides and have fielded a strong squad. Plenty of exciting action will be on display. The two teams met a while back in Pakistan and South Africa had dwindling fortunes in that series.

Pakistan skipper and best batsman Babar Azam, will have to fight out his off-field distractions and keep them aside during this important tour. Spearheading the team, Babar would definitely have the World Cup 2023 in his reckoning. It is thus very important for Pakistan to start building up the momentum. Pakistan have a good chance of winning the T20 series and the last leg of the ODI series as the major chunk of South Africa’s main players leave for the IPL in India.

This will be Temba Bavuma’s debut series as a captain and he would definitely feel the pressure and heat after the 2nd ODI as the likes of Rabada, De Kock, Miller and Nortje leave for the IPL. A depleted Proteas side should have been the last thing on Bavuma’s plate but then this will again help the youngsters to prove their authority.

Team News

Pakistan:
There are no injury updates right now. We will update you if there are any. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are the men to watch out for.

South Africa:
The likes of Quinton De Kock, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi will leave for the IPL after the 2nd ODI.

Head-to-Head:

Pakistan: 28

South Africa: 50

Players to watch out for

Babar Azam:
Runs: 3580| 50s: 16| AVG: 55.9

Quinton De Kock:
Runs: 5135| 50s: 25| HS: 113

Kagiso Rabada:
Wickets: 117| Eco: 4.99| BBI: 6/16

Probable Playing XI

South Africa:
Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Pakistan:
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c) , Haider Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Usman Qadir

Scorecard
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