The stage is set for an exciting final ODI at Cape Town between South Africa and Pakistan. We can anticipate another epic encounter when we witness two giants in limited-overs cricket take on each other for one last bout. The Proteas are set to host Pakistan at Newlands for the decider as the series is wonderfully poised at 2-2. Pakistan has made an immediate impact after the ban imposed on their regular skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik took the charge of the green army.

Pakistani bowlers put on a show with their lethal pace attack and bundled the home side for just 164 runs on the board. Shaheen Afridi took two crucial wickets upfront of Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks. Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim then launched the attack on the middle order batsmen. Usman Khan then came back in his second spell to torment the host and took 4 wickets in the process.

South Africa has not played up to their stature in the home conditions and found it hard to get going in the ODI series. Apart from the second ODI in Durban, they never looked in control of the game. The batting lineup is also too top heavy which we saw in the last game when only Amla and Du Plessis could manage to score above 50. With the ICC World Cup 2019 in sight, the Proteas find themselves under pressure to prove a point. They is also a lack of experienced players in the South African dressing room who can absorb all the pressure and change the mood in adversity.

South Africa need to bat really well against the quality attack of Pakistan if they want to win this deciding game. Their bowlers have arrived at the party but the batsmen have let them down in this series. On the flip side, if Pakistan plays sensible cricket in the fifth ODI then they can achieve a feat that no other Asian team has managed to. Pakistan will be the first Asian side to win ODI series twice against the Proteas on South African soil. In 2013, Misbah-ul-Haq led them to their first ever ODI series win in South Africa.



Date: Wednesday, January 30 2019

Time:  04:30 PM IST

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

League: Pakistan tour of South Africa 2018-19

Live Telecast: Sony Network

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Pakistan – W, L, L, W

South Africa –  L, W, W, L


Ground Stats

Total matches – 40
Matches won batting first – 28
Matches won bowling first – 12
Average 1st Inns scores – 235
Average 2nd Inns scores – 186
Highest total recorded – 367/5 (50 Ov) by RSA vs SL
Lowest total recorded – 43/10 (19.5 Ov) by PAK vs WI
Highest score chased – 258/7 (50 Ov) by RSA vs NZ
Lowest score defended – 140/9 (50 Ov) by RSA vs WI



Team News



  • Shoaib Malik will lead Pakistan team in Sarfraz’s absence.
  • Hassan Ali can come in and replace Imad Wasim.

South Africa:

  • Imran Tahir can be replaced as he was ineffective in the last ODI





Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik(c), Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Imad Wasim, Usman Khan

South Africa:

Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks





  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Babar Azam
  • Mohammad Hafeez


South Africa

  • Hashim Amla
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Quinton de Kock



Probable Playing XI



  1. Imam-ul-Haq
  2. Fakhar Zaman
  3. Babar Azam
  4. Mohammad Hafeez
  5. Shoaib Malik(c)
  6. Mohammad Rizwan(w)
  7. Imad Wasim
  8. Shadab Khan
  9. Mohammad Amir
  10. Usman Khan
  11. Shaheen Afridi


South Africa

  1. Quinton de Kock(w)
  2. Hashim Amla
  3. Reeza Hendricks
  4. Faf du Plessis(c)
  5. Rassie van der Dussen
  6. David Miller
  7. Andile Phehlukwayo
  8. Kagiso Rabada
  9. Dale Steyn
  10. Imran Tahir
  11. Beuran Hendricks