2nd ODI South Africa vs Pakistan Preview – Stats, Team News, Players to Watch Out and More

The pressure will be on the hosts to save the series on their home soil.

Sayanta Sengupta Author

Updated - 3 April 2021 7:20 pm

Match Details

Date: 4th April 2021

Time: 1:30 PM (IST)

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johanessburg

Preview

After a bitter defeat in the 1st ODI, South Africa will enter the field to save the series. Pakistan clinched a last-ball thriller in the first ODI and took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series. The pressure will be on the hosts to save the series on their home soil.

Pakistan skipper and best batsman Babar Azam once again showcased his wizardry and smoked a ton while chasing. He, however, had to return back to the pavilion after Anrich Nortje got him out. Babar’s form reflects the team’s form. It is thus very critical for Babar to play well.

South Africa need to iron out a few flaws and then they can challenge a confident Pakistan. However, this will be the last ODI where Nortje, Rabada, De Kock, Miller and Ngidi play and thus the Proteas stand at a greater chance at pocketing this game.

If Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada bowl in tandem like they did in the first game and if Markram and De Kock give a good start to the South Africans, then we can witness some pulsating action in this game too.

Team News

Pakistan:

There are no injury updates right now. We will update you if there are any. Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi are the players 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: 29

South Africa: 50

Players to watch out for

Babar Azam:

Runs: 3683| 50s: 16| AVG: 56.7

Quinton De Kock:

Runs: 5155| 50s: 25| HS: 113

Kagiso Rabada:

Wickets: 118| Eco: 4.99| BBI: 6/16

Probable Playing XI

South Africa

Henrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Pakistan

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c) , Danish Aziz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain