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South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd ODI Preview

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-04-06 18:19:17

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What a rollercoaster ODI series this has been for both South Africa and Pakistan! After a last over victory in the 1st ODI, Pakistan squandered the opportunity to win the ODI series at the Bidvest Wanderers in Johannesburg. Albeit Fakhar Zaman got the tourists tantalisingly close to a famous victory, other batsmen struggled to cope with the extra pace and bounce on offer in Johannesburg. Anrich Nortje caused mayhem for the tourists for the 2nd time in this series. With a few sure-shot starters leaving for the IPL, it is time for the domestic superstars to step up. 

Match Preview

Venue: Supersport Park, Centurion

Date: 7 April 2021

Time: 6:30 A.M. IST

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The Pitch Report

The pitch is expected to be flat and bouncy at the Supersport Park in Centurion, South Africa. The ground has medium-sized dimensions and will help the batsmen to hit through the line throughout 100 overs. Bowlers need to use pace variations and bowl according to the set fields to bag wickets on this surface. Expect a heyday for the batsmen. 

Weather Forecast

The weather is expected to be pleasant and cool in Centurion. There is a 27 per cent chance for rain. Temperatures will soar as high as 28 Degrees and dip as low as 14 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity is predicted to be 33 per cent. Also, winds will blow from the North-East direction to the South-West at a maximum speed of 15 kilometres per hour. 

Predicted Match XIs

South Africa: Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Janneman Malan, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne

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