SA vs PAK 1st ODI: Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Playing XI and Pitch Report

SA vs PAK 1st ODI: Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Playing XI and Pitch Report

Rassie van der Dussen and Babar Azam should make good captaincy picks.

Match Details

The first game of the ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Pretoria on 2nd April 2021.

The match will start at 1:30 PM IST. The live streaming will be available on the Hotstar app and website

Preview

South African national cricket team will be looking at the start of a new era when they will take on Pakistan in the first of the three ODI matches. Under the leadership of Temba Bavuma, the new Proteas limited-overs skipper, the team will look for a positive to an ODI series, which doesn’t particularly make a great deal of sense in a year of the ICC T20 World Cup. 

However, both teams will know that the points of this series would come in handy for them in the larger context of the ICC World Cup ODI Super League. Two teams have met each other recently in Pakistan as well. But, no ODIs were scheduled during that tour. With the 50 overs games coming into the frame, the two teams will have an opportunity to play the format after some time. 

Pakistan’s last ODI series was a series against Zimbabwe at home. On the other hand, South Africa will be playing their first ODI series after more than a year. The last time they played an ODI series was against Australia at home, a series which they won 3-0. In a lot of ways, both the teams will have a fresh start as far as the ODI format is concerned. Some might also take this series as just the introductory phase for the T20I series which will have more context to it. 

Probable Playing XIs for SA vs PAK

South Africa 

Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram/Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van Der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks/Keshav Maharaj 

Pakistan 

Predicted XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf

Captaincy picks for SA vs PAK

Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)

The 32-year-old hasn’t kept a foot wrong in the ODI format ever since he made his debut. In the 17 innings which he has played so far, he has made 707 runs at an average of 70.7. He was seen in terrific touch with the bat in the recent domestic T20 tournament as well. He is an essential member of the middle-order and his seven fifties in 17 ODI innings highlights his consistency. 

Babar Azam (Pakistan)

If there is one Pakistan white-ball player, who has scored more runs frequently in the past few years, it is Babar Azam. Pakistan’s captain would be under a little bit of pressure has not had the best of success during the South Africa tour of Pakistan earlier this year. However, his ability to bounce back is incredible, which reflected properly by his ODI average of 55.94.

Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips

2-Player Team

Quinton de Kock, Babar Azam (C)

3-Player Team

Rassie van der Dussen (C), Aiden Markram, Babar Azam

4-Player Team

Rassie van der Dussen (C), Shaheen Afridi, Quinton de Kock, Babar Azam

11-Player Team

Heinrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock, Mohammad Rizwan, Rassie van der Dussen (C), Babar Azam (C), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Shaheen Afridi, Kagiso Rabada

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision