In the third and decisive match between Pakistan and South Africa of the ongoing ODI series, the Green Shirts have decided to include former captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the playing XI.
Note: Pak vs SA match will start at 1pm Pakistan time.
According to sources, it has been decided to include Usman Qadir and Muhammad Nawaz in the playing XI in the national team while Hassan Ali also has the option to be fed. However, the final XI will be decided on reaching the ground.
Team sources said that Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the series due to injury while young batsmen Danish Aziz and Asif Ali could be ruled out of the third ODI.
On the other hand, former national cricket team fast bowler Aqib Javed has raised his voice to include former captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the playing XI and said that it is beyond comprehension why Sarfraz Ahmed is not being fed at number six, Asif Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed is a better choice than Iftikhar Ahmed.
South Africa without key players in the decisive match against Pakistan
The third and final match of the three-day series between Pakistan and South Africa will be played tomorrow at Centurion.
In the first ODI match played at Centurion, Pakistan won by 3 wickets on the last ball after a thrilling contest.
In the second ODI match played in Johannesburg, despite Fakhr Zaman’s 193-run innings, the hosts won by 17 runs to level the series.
Both the teams will compete in Centurion for the decisive match tomorrow in which Pakistan has a golden opportunity to win as the host team has lost the services of key players.
South Africa’s Quentin de Kok, David Miller, Enrich Nokia, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Nagidi have left for India to participate in the Indian Premier League and their services are not available to the South African team in the third ODI as well as the T20 series. Will be
The biggest blow to the South African team will be in the field of fast bowling as Rabada, Nokia and Nagidi are key members of the South African team.
These players are likely to be replaced by Lotho Spamla, Darren DePaulin, as well as either Bjorn Hendricks or Jr. Dala, all of whom have a combined experience of just 14 matches in international cricket.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quentin de Kock, who has been embroiled in a controversy over the run-out of Fakhr Zaman, will also not be available for the match and will likely be replaced by Janman Milan, while David Miller is likely to be replaced by Kyle Warren.
Another major setback for South Africa is the out-of-form of spinner Tabriz Shamsi, who has so far managed to take just one wicket and has proved to be very costly. I can replace Kashyap Maharaj who is consistently performing well in domestic cricket.
In the absence of key South African players, the chances of the Pakistani team winning the match are bright, but there are certain changes in the Pakistani team for the match as well.
Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the match and T20 series due to injury and will likely be replaced by Usman Qadir.
Apart from this, there is a possibility of at least one change in the national team as Asif Ali is constantly failing in the middle order, so his place can be given to either Haider Ali or Sarfraz Ahmed.
The Pakistani bowling line-up also struggled in the last match and that is why it is expected that Hassan Ali, who has now recovered from the injury, can be given a chance to replace Mohammad Hasnain.
In terms of wickets, Centurion’s wicket, like the last match, will be favorable for the bowlers in the beginning but it will be easier to bat later, so the team that wins the toss is likely to bat first ۔