In international cricket, the Pakistan cricket team is now touring South Africa for ODI and T20 bilateral series. The tour is set to kick off with the first ODI tomorrow (April 2) at SuperSport Park (Centurion). This tour has 3 ODIs and 4 T20I matches. The 2nd and 3rd ODI matches of the series are going to be played on 4th and 7th April respectively. Later, the T20I series will run from April 10 to April 16.
On March 16, 35 players and staff of the Pakistan men’s national cricket team, who were decided to leave for South Africa had undergone the Covid-19 test. Where all the test results except for one player came negative. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not revealed the name of the player. The 35-member team left for Johannesburg on March 26 for the tour of South Africa.
South Africa and Pakistan have met in a total of 79 ODIs since 1992. Where South Africa has won 50 matches and Pakistan has won 28 matches, and 1 match has been abandoned. The two teams last met in the 30th match of the group stage of the 2019 World Cup & Pakistan won that match by 49 runs. The visiting Pakistan also lost the last one-day series to South Africa (3-2) in January 2019.
This is South Africa’s first ODI series since March 2020. South Africa whitewashed visiting Australia in their latest ODI series. The Proteas won 3 of the 3 matches in the series. Pakistan beat visiting Zimbabwe (2-1) in their last 3-match ODI series on the other hand.
Despite South Africa being ahead in terms of statistics, Pakistan’s players are now confident after winning the last Test and T20 series at home. However, this time the Proteas are also going to play on their home soil. They will try their best to make the series a memorable one.
South Africa is ranked 5th and Pakistan is ranked 6th in the ICC ODI rankings. So both teams have to work hard in this series to build a stronger position in the points table.
South Africa – Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, David Miller, JJ Smuts, Sisanda Magala, Lizaad Williams, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, Quinton de Kock (wk), Kyle Verreynne (wk), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Junior Dala, Daryn Dupavillon, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla
Pakistan – Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Asif Ali, Usman Qadir, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Danish Aziz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Saud Shakeel
ODI match schedule for South Africa and Pakistan:
1st ODI – 02 April, SuperSport Park (Centurion), 14:00 (GMT+6)
2nd ODI – 04 April, The Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg), 14:00 (GMT+6)
3rd ODI – 07 April, SuperSport Park (Centurion), 14:00 (GMT+6)
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