South Africa vs Pakistan 2019, 1st ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

The Proteas are definitely the favourites to clinch but Pakistan won't go down without a fight.

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa and Pakistan will lock horns in the first of the five-match ODI series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. After drubbing the visitors in the Tests, the Proteas are surely the favourites in the limited-overs format. Having said that, the ‘unpredictability’ of the Men in Green makes it tough for the most oppositions. Nobody knows which of their versions will turn up at the venue. This aspect makes the ODIs more interesting.

South Africa have rested Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn for the first few matches of the series while Duanne Olivier looks set to torment Pakistan again. It will be his debut in the format if he plays. Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan also have a few ODI specialists who joined the team ahead of the series and the likes of Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim can turn the game around on any given day.


Match Details:

The first of the five-match ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan will be hosted by the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

The match starts at 1:00 PM local time (11:00 AM GMT) (4:30 PM IST). The game will be live on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India. (Live streaming in Sony Liv)

Last five completed ODI matches:

South Africa: W, L, W, W, W.

Pakistan: W, L, L, L, W.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Port Elizabeth is one of the rare venues existing in ODI cricket that has something for the bowlers. The not so big boundaries at this ground can allow the batsmen to come out of the pressure. Big totals will not be that easy to be chased down here under the lights. It has been nearly eight years that a team managed to post 300 in an ODI here. The last year’s ODI between South Africa and India witnessed the visitors making 274/7 and different it with ease.

Average first innings score: 229 (Five ODIs since 2015)

Chasing team record: Won – 4, Lost – 1 (Five ODIs since 2015)

Probable XI:

South Africa:

Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, AndilePhehlukwayo, KagisoRabada, Duanne Olivier, Imran Tahir.

Bench – Dane Paterson,Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram.


Sarfraz Ahmed (C & W), Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, ImadWasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Bench – Hussain Talat, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Khan.

Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Power Picks:

Shan Masood scored 3213 runs from 56 List A matches since the start of 2016. He has a batting average of 69.84 with 12 centuries and 18 fifties.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Faf du Plessis is in great form and is an ideal option to be made the captain of the team. Hashim Amla is also a decent option but his form is a little bit of a concern and making him a captain or vice-captain would be a huge risk. Babar Azam is another good pick for the multipliers while Rassie van der Dussen and Olivier could be the unexpected players in Grand Leagues for the multipliers.

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Heinrich Klaasen

Batsmen – Shan Masood, Babar Azam (VC), Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Shoaib Malik

All-Rounders – Imad Wasim, Andile Phehlukwayo

Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Shadab Khan

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Sarfraz Ahmed

Batsmen – Babar Azam, Faf du Plessis, Fakhar Zaman, Rassie van der Dussen (C)

All-Rounders – Imad Wasim, Andile Phehlukwayo

Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Shadab Khan, Duanne Olivier (VC)SAvPAK-first-ODI-fantasy-Tips-South-Africa-vs-Pakistan

Expert Advice:

South Africa are expected to rotate their squad keeping the World Cup in mind. Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram are expected to be under rotation policy.

Probable Winners:

Being the hosts, the Proteas are definitely the favourites to clinch but Pakistan won’t go down without a fight.

*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.

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