Pakistan will look to return from their first ODI loss to South Africa when the two teams get together in the 2nd game at Abu Dhabi on Sunday, October 31at 16:30 IST(Indian Standard Time). South Africa has now won three games in a row and lead 1-0 in the ODI series. The most interesting match between Pakistan Vs South Africa (PAK Vs SA) played today.
After conceding three straight defeats in three encounters – two Twenty20s and opening ODI – at the hand of South Africa, Pakistan are very much wanting their batsmen to return some pride when they take on the same opposition in second match of the series at Sheikh Zayed Stadium at this time on Sunday (today).
After being outplayed in the first two T20s, Pakistan’s middle order batting let them downhill again in the first ODI in spite of promising 114-run stand between Muhammad Hafeez and Younus Khan as Proteas thrashed them by eight wickets.
Pakistan’s senior batsmen have to do some severe introspection and they don’t need to search too hard to find motivation. After nine months of upheaval, when he possibly visited tribunals and disciplinary committees more often than the batting nets, Younus walked into the middle overs with the assurance of someone totally at ease with his methods.
Unavoidably, there was some rust – he survived a palpable lbw shout, and managed only two boundaries in the sapping conditions – but unlike his colleagues, the rust was secret to the physical aspect of Younus’ game, while his mind remained orderly.
The squad of Pakistan: Asad Shafiq, Muhammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi (Captain), Abdul Razzaq, Zulqarnain Haider, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal, Imran Farhat, Wahab Riaz, Tanveer Ahmed.
Having preserved three easy wins on the trot, South Africa’s main worry will be that they are not being extended enough in sub continental conditions, in front of the World Cup. Their batsmen were challenged more by the elements than by Pakistan’s attack in the opening ODI, and the question mark over Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis’ availability for Sunday could even things a bit.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been the star of the tour so far, but even he will be a little astonished by the success his honest off-cutters and in-duckers have courted. The conditions, and a look at the schedule, may prompt South Africa to consider rotating their players, but they won’t want to give Pakistan an chance to draw level moreover.
The squad of South Africa: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Coling Ingram, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Johan Botha, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morney Morkel, Robin Peterson, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Charl Langeveldt, Loots Boseman. Watch the match of Pakistan Vs South Africa on official websites. So, don’t miss it!