South Africa and Pakistan will play the 3rd ODI at Supersport Park in Centurion. South Africa and Pakistan have both won a game meaning the series is all tied at 1-1.
South Africa won the previous game thanks to a very convincing bowling performance. Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi were exceptionally good for South Africa as the pair combined to take 7 wickets for only 78 runs. South Africa bowled out Pakistan with 46 overs while conceding only 203 runs. The batting was quite poor for South Africa as the team lost their first 5 wickets for only 80 runs. South Africa will be desperate to improve their batting performance for this match.
Pakistan, similar to South Africa, will also be desperate to improve their batting. Pakistan lost their top 8 wickets for less than 150 runs and it could have easily been a very embarrassing defeat if the bowlers didn’t contribute with the bat. It will be important for the experienced batters like Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam to lead the team as the batting unit will need to perform significantly better. It is important to note that Pakistan bowled well as Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan contributed with wickets.
There is a slight chance of rain at Centurion which could impact this match. A shortened game will favour neither side as the stop-start nature of rain impacted games make life hard for the batters.
This should be a close game as both South Africa and Pakistan have shown that they have the ability to beat each other. As far as predicting a winner is concerned, I am going to pick South Africa to win. South Africa will be feeling confident after their last win while the Pakistani batsmen will be very low on confidence. With South Africa playing at home, I see them taking a 2-1 lead in the series.