South Africa vs Pakistan: 3rd ODI, April 7, Pakistan Tour of South Africa Match Prediction

South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd ODI, April 7, Pakistan Tour of South Africa Match Prediction
02.04.2021,12:04 192 0

In this article, we preview South Africa vs Pakistan: 3rd ODI, April 7, 2021. The match at Centurion is the final game of a three-match series on Pakistan’s tour of South Africa. After the 2nd ODI, South Africa will lose five players who are committed to playing in the IPL. That gives Pakistan an edge in the match.

Match Predictions

South Africa’s Last Match at Centurion

SA’s last ODI at Centurion was a match against Sri Lanka on 6 March 2019, the second match of a three-match series on Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa. In that match, SA batted first and were bowled out for 251 in 45.1 overs. They collapsed from the relatively comfortable position of 131/1 in the 21st over, thanks largely to Thisara Perera who took 3/26, and Lasith Malinga who returned figures of 2/39. On a bowler-friendly wicket, the Sri Lanka batsmen struggled against the SA bowlers and were bowled out for 138, handing the hosts a 113-run win. Among the SA bowlers, Rabada (3/43) did the most damage, while Ngidi (2/14), Nortje (2/25), and Tahir (2/39) chipped in with useful wickets.

Last SA vs Pak Match at Centurion

SA and Pakistan last played at Centurion Park on 25 January 2019. Pakistan batted first and posted 317/6 in their allotted overs, thanks largely to a ton by opener Imam-ul-Haq (101 off 116 balls). Haq was supported by Babar Azam (69), Md Hafeez (52), Shoaib Malik (31), and Imad Wasim (43). Barring Dale Steyn (2/43) and Rabada (2/57), the other SA bowlers did not pose much of a challenge for the Pakistan batsmen. When SA replied, they lost both their openers, De Kock (33) and Amla (25) relatively early to reduce the hosts to 79 for 2 in the 15th over. But SA staged a revival on the back of unbeaten knocks by Reeza Hendricks (83) and Du Plessis (40) to finish at 187/2 in 33 overs in a rain-curtailed game. SA were declared winners by 13 runs, using the D/L method.

Likely XIs

South Africa: Bavuma, Hendricks, Klaasen, Maharaj, Malan, Markram, Phehlukwayo, Shamsi, Sipamla, Smuts, Van der Dussen.

Pakistan: Afridi, Azam, Ashraf, Haider Ali, Hasan Ali, Haq, Md Hasnain, Rauf, Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Zaman.

Head-to-Head

South Africa have a dominant h2h record against Pakistan at Centurion. Against the tourists, SA have played six ODI matches at Centurion, winning four and losing two. In fact, Pakistan last won at the ground in March 2013.

South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd ODI, April 7, Pakistan Tour of South Africa Match Prediction

Match Prediction

In our South Africa vs Pakistan ODI Prediction, we believe that Pakistan will beat South Africa the 3rd ODI at centurion on 7 April.

Summary

In our SA vs PAK Match Prediction, we have conceded the advantage to Pakistan despite South Africa’s home advantage. Although Centurion has been a happy hunting ground for SA who have had a brilliant h2h record against Pakistan at the ground, they will be missing five important players – De Kock, Miller, Rabada, Ngidi, and Nortje – who will be away playing in the Indian Premier League. And that will make Pakistan the stronger side in the 3rd ODI match on 7 April.

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