South Africa vs Pakistan, 5th ODI: Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips

South Africa vs Pakistan, 5th ODI: Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips

The series decider promises to be an exciting affair as Pakistan look to repeat their win from 2013.

South Africa vs Pakistan
South Africa vs Pakistan. (Photo Source: CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan came back hard and strong to keep the series alive. You must hand it to their bowlers for keeping the hosts in check and handing themselves a real shot at clinching the series in this decider. That should tell you the prime candidates for the lineup for this match.

Back in 2013, Pakistan stunned South Africa to register their first bilateral ODI series win in South Africa. Faced with the embarrassment of their skipper Sarfaraz being banned and up against the formidable hosts who don’t lose when playing in a pink kit, the odds were stacked against the tourists.

But Usman Khan had other plans. His four-wicket burst levelled the opposition and now we get to watch a delicious series-decider.


  • New lands, Cape town
  • 1st inn score: 235 ; Avg. 2nd inn score: 186
  • Highest Total: 367/5 (50 Ov) by RSA vs SL
  • Lowest Total: 43/10 (19.5 Ov) by PAK vs WI
  • Highest Run-chase: 258/7 (50 Ov) by RSA vs NZ
  • Lowest Defended: 140/9 (50 Ov) by RSA vs WI
  • Note that scores of over 300 were achieved in the three most recent ODIs played here. For this reason, you can expect a high scoring game.


After the brilliant comeback in the fourth ODI, the South Africans will now be wary of the visitors. It was the bowlers who did the trick. Considering the fact that one of Pakistan’s biggest weakness is their batting, the ODI #4 saw a comprehensive performance putting them on the front foot. The series decider will be a treat to watch.

Pakistan – Form Factor: WLLW

Pakistan – Hot Picks

There are quite a few players who can be key tomorrow – Babar Azam, Ul-Haq, Mhd Amir and Shaheen Afridi – get them in your Fantain XI.

Pakistan – Likely Playing XI

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik (C), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Usman Khan, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Note that Sarfraz Ahmed has been banned and therefore, will not play this game as well.

South Africa

The hosts will be wondering what hit them. Sometimes you just cannot move on until you figure out the past. In cricket, the solutions to the next match might be in analysing the mistakes of the past. That is what the home team would be upto.

South Africa – Form Factor: L W W L

South Africa – Hot Picks: If the hosts are to clinch the series, they would have to rely on their experience and aggression as well. Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada and Phehlukwayo would be the ones to watch out for.

South Africa – Likely Playing XI

Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Reeza Hendricks, Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.

Note that South Africa has made one inclusion to their squad in the form of Wiaan Mulder.

Fantain Fantasy XI

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Q de Kock            – Wk-Keeper     – 10 (VC)

Usman Khan      – Bowler              – 8

K Rabada             – Bowler              – 9

Dale Steyn          – Bowler              – 9

R van Dussen     – Batsman           – 7

HashimAmla       –Batsman           – 9

Imam-ul-Haq     –Batsman           – 9

F du Plessis         – Batsman            – 11

Babar Azam        – Batsman           – 10 ( C )

Shadab Khan      –All-Rounder    – 9

A Phehlukwayo  – All-Rounder    – 9

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Fantain Fantasy XI Submission Deadline:Jan 30, 201916:30 Hours

Also, you can now submit your XI in the “Tatkal Contests”.

What is this: Watch the toss before the game; note the playing XI’s of both teams, study the conditions and then submit your Fantain Fantasy XI.