With a morale-boosting win under their belt, Sarfraz Ahmed and Co will look to continue with the winning momentum. @ Twitter/Cricket South Africa

After a disastrous Test series in which they were blanked 0-3, Pakistan bounced back to win the first of the five-match ODI series against South Africa by five wickets on January 19. With a morale-boosting win under their belt, Sarfraz Ahmed and Co will look to continue with the winning momentum as they face the hosts in the second one-dayer at Kingsmead in Durban on Tuesday. (ALSO READ: 1st ODI: Imam, Hafeez star in Pakistan’s win over South Africa)

South Africa lost just two wickets in the series opener at Port Elizabeth but managed to accumulate just 266 runs on the board. Opener Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 108 off 120 deliveries, while debutant Rassie van der Dussen batted well for his 93 but failed to shift to the next gear in the final 10 overs. The hosts will want to breach the 300-run mark that not only will give their bowlers something to defend but will also hold a psychological advantage given that 266 was a score Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez felt was “below par”.

South Africa could score only 76 runs in the last 60 deliveries and never looked to threaten the Pakistan bowlers. The openers will have to be a little more aggressive to give an opportunity to big hitters like David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo and captain Faf du Plessis, who didn’t get an opportunity to showcase their skills at Port Elizabeth. (ALSO READ: Pakistan have a good chance to win the ICC World Cup 2019: Shoaib Mallik)

In the bowling department, pacer Duanne Olivier, who was a revelation in the Tests, snapped two wickets in the first ODI, but went for 73 runs. Dwaine Pretorius and Imran Tahir bowled economical spells. The bowlers managed to control the chase till the final over and had they more runs to defend, the result would have favoured the Proteas.

For Pakistan, it was a welcome sight to see Imam-ul-Haq (86), Fakhar Zaman (25) and Babar Azam (49) among runs. Hafeez, who smashed an unbeaten 63-ball 71 saw the tourists to victory with five balls remaining. The Pakistan bowlers did well to contain the flow of runs in the first match especially Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan, who went for just above four runs an over in their allotted 10 overs.

While South Africa will come hard to draw level, Pakistan will not hold back to push the lead even further. It’s all happening at Kingsmead on Tuesday!

What: South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI

Where: Kingsmead, Durban

Time: 4.30pm IST

Where to watch: Sony ESPN/HD

You can also follow LIVE coverage of the match on CricketCountry (SCORECARD)

Weather: Sunny with a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius

Team

South Africa

South Africa are desperately missing the services of Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn, who have been rested for the first two ODIs. Heinrich Klassen donning the ’keeper’s gloves. The think-tank may think of introducing Tabraiz Shamsi if the need arises of an extra spinner with the pitch at Kingsmead being slightly spin friendly. Aiden Markram, who missed out in the opener, can be replaced with Reeza Hendricks.

Probable XI: 1 Aiden Markram/Reeza Hendricks, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klassen (wk), 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Dwaine Pretorius/Tabraiz Shamsi, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Duanne Olivie, 11 Imran Tahir

Pakistan

The tourists will not want to tamper with their winning combination and are expected to field the same playing XI.

1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Babar Azam, 5 Shoaib Malik 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt./wk), 7 Shadab Khan 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Fahim Ashraf, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Usman Shinwari

Stats

Despite three fifties and a century in ten matches at his home ground, Hashim Amla’s average in Durban is just 39.50 – 11 runs less than his career ODI average of 50.34.

Quotes

“This is our first win; we have a good ODI side and are looking forward to win this series.” Hasan Ali