First One Day International of the five-match series between Pakistan and South Africa will be played today (Jan 19) at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, at 4pm Pakistan Standard Time. Pakistan will make all the efforts to bounce back from the setback of 3-0 Test series defeat to gain the momentum ahead of the world cup. Pakistan are said to be a more cohesive unit in the shorter format of the game and stand fifth on the ICC ODI Team Rankings.
While speaking in the pre-match press conference in Port Elizabeth Captain Sarfraz said, “First match is always important,” said Sarfraz. “Hopefully we will make a good start to the series despite the fact that defeating South Africa on their home soil is a challenging task.” “We are looking to try couple of different combinations in this series and the next one against Australia,” he said. “We want to gauge what combination suits us ahead of the World Cup.”
South Africa: Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed(c), Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan
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17 November, 2019