South Africa and Pakistan will lock horns in a five-match one-day international series, the first of which will be played in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 19 January.
Pakistan will be looking to chalk up the first win of their South African tour.A comprehensive sweep over Pakistan in the three-Test series, hosts South Africa will hope to extend their dominant run of form into white-ball cricket. With the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, and Andile Phehlukwayo the South African bowling line up looks lethal. Additionally, Duanne Olivier, who was exceptional in the Tests, is also set to make an ODI debut for the Proteas.
Their batting line-up, however, looks a little inexperienced, with JP Duminy out with injury and Quinton de Kock rested. A lot will depend on the experienced duo of du Plessis and Hashim Amla in the first two games.
The likes of Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi will enjoy bowling on the seam-friendly conditions in Port Elizabeth. Shaheen Afridi impressed one and all during the Test series, claiming nine wickets in two games.
The visitors will rely heavily on their experienced batting line-up, especially seasoned campaigners like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. Shan Masood could open the batting for Pakistan having impressed in the Tests. In-form batsmen Shan Masood and Babar Azam – Pakistan’s leading run-scorers in the Test series – will also play a significant part.
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