Sunday, 17 March 2013


Pakistan came back to the series strongly after beating South Africa in the 2nd ODI comprehensively. Pakistan have obtained a good boosting momentum that they will have to keep up if they have to win ODI Series. In the last One Day played at Super Sport Park, Pakistan have done almost every thing right except some few points in which they need some more improvement. After getting early wickets, Pakistan loose tier concentration and did not keep on attacking. This helped South Africa from coming out of adverse conditions and setting a target that was a good one against struggling Pakistan batting line up. In chasing then they want one of their top three batsmen to score a big total but could not do so. Those all things are somehow acceptable but South Africa are facing some serious problems at broader level. They again found themselves in a difficult situation but could not found any way to come out of it successfully. In fielding, AB de Villiars lacked controlling over rate that was due to quick field changes in desperation that need to be handled wisely. Hashim Amla in both of two matches has caught behind playing wrong shots getting inside edge both times. He has been struggling so far in this series besides No. 1 batsman in the World Ranking. He should have to take it series. Due to injury facing Muhammad Irfan, Umar Gul will lead the Pakistan bowling camp once again. Umar Gul have not been looking impressive in this tour with only a good performance in T20 match played between the two getting five wickets for only 6 runs. He remained expensive in both opening ODIs. However, he will have to perform for Pakistan to have repeat performance like Centurian. Farhaan Behardien have made good reputation in the eyes of Selectors after 2nd ODI’s only fifty from South African Side in the middle order and got his position strong for few farther matches. Other will remain the same. Kamran Akmal will have to provide some confidence to get something out of him and led him to hit openly as his natural style. Pakistan will come back with same winning XI on Sunday.

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