After havoc in the Test matches for Pakistan, Sarfraz and his troops will endeavor to re-bounce in the Odis. Pakistan is currently ranked 5th in Odis ranking but did not perform well outside Asia in the last year or so. The unpredictability of Pakistan never keeps out this team out of any scenario which highlights many reasons that how can Pakistan out-class the Proteas.
Over the last few years, Pakistan found much adolescent blood which is always eager to fight. Hasan Ali, the star bowler for Pakistan in the Champions trophy 2017, Shadab Khan, another astonishing leg-spinner and all-rounder, and above all Fakhar Zaman who provides Pakistan with impetus at the top of the order. Pakistan has a good combination of young players and senior ones which makes it a very competitive side.
Pakistan defeated South Africa in South Africa for the very first time in 2013 ODI series. Under the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan became the first side Asian side to vanquish South Africa in their own back yard. Pakistan won the series 2-1 and each of the players contributed to the historic success. So Sarfraz and his men will have in mind the results of 2013 and it will provide them with a hope to turn the tables of their fortunes once again.
South Africa’s ODI performance recently
South Africa had a poor run against India recently when they lost 4-1 to India in 5 match ODI series. The Inexperienced South African batting line-up struggled against Indian spinners. Now with Ab de Villiers not available, a haul is created in the batting ranks of South African team which can be exploited by Pakistani bowlers especially Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan.
With the inclusion of young legs, Pakistan’s fielding has improved drastically over the last couple of years. They produced wonders in the field which allowed them to perform better in this format. Fielding is an important asset for a team in any format of the game especially ODIs. If Pakistani fielders carry on their merry way, they can produce appreciable results for their team.
The mercurial nature of Pakistan
The most predictable thing about Pakistani team is their unpredictability in the game. On their day, they can rip opposition apart and on another day, they would lose from a winning position. South Africa will have in mind about the nature of this team and this always keeps Pakistan in matches and scenarios where no one gives them a chance. Relying upon their mercurial nature, Pakistan does have a good chance of toppling over South African team.