Pakistan vs South Africa 3rd ODI Highlights – Apr 7, 2021

Bavuma: “We looked at overhead conditions and we think in the morning there might be a bit of swing to exploit. Defending here on the Highveld is a challenge.”
Babar: “The wicket is very good. We are aiming for 300. We have left the previous match behind. Today’s match is very important. We have four changes. A lot of experienced players come in.” Legspinner Usman Qadir, son of the late Abdul Qadir, debuts.

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Pak vs SA Highlights today Wednesday, 7-04-2021 – 3rd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa from SuperSport Park, Centurion.

Temba Bavuma won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Pakistan team: 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), 6 Mohammed Nawaz, 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Hasan Ali, 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10 Usman Qadir, 11 Haris Rauf.
South Africa team: 1 Janneman Malan, 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Jon-Jon Smuts, 4 Temba Bavuma (capt), 5 Kyle Verreynne, 6 Heinrich Klaasen(wk), 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Daryn Dupavillon, 10 Beuran Hendricks, 11 Lutho Sipamla.

Match Timings: 08:00 GMT | 10:00 Local | 13:00 PKT
Umpires – Bongani Jele, Marais Erasmus
TV Umpires – Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Allahudien Paleker
Match number – ODI no. 4287

Temba Bavuma won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Babar Azam is not just the series-winning captain, but also Man of the Match today: The openers gave a good start and my focus was on taking it forward from the momentum they built. There was a period where we lost back-to-back wickets, so I was just telling every new batsman that if we can put a partnership together it’ll be good for the team. I have to give credit to Hassan Ali here, the way he came in and played. He made the main difference.

It was quite surprising to face spin at the death, but after seeing the pitch yesterday, we did get an idea that we could face a fair bit of spin here. So we weren’t unprepared. But I’d like to credit the whole team, for how we put up a good total and defended it well. This is a very important series for us, winning in South Africa will give our team a lot of confidence. The individual players will also get a lot of confidence from their performances. We’ll try to take this confidence into the T20Is also.

Fakhar Zaman is the Man of the Series: My plan was very simple. I was looking to survive in the first 8-10 overs, trying to play normally. To be honest, on these grounds, especially in the morning, it’s not that easy to bat with two new balls. So our plan was simple, that we will just survive the first 10 overs. (Scoring two 100s) means a lot. I was suffering for two years, I didn’t score. So it really means a lot to me. Thanks to our skipper for believing in me and giving me these opportunities. I’m happier with winning the series.

Temba Bavuma is still troubled by the injury he got while batting so Mark Boucher, the head coach steps in for the post-match presentation:

Mark Boucher: Obviously disappointed. You never like to lose a series in home conditions, but well played to Pakistan. I thought throughout the series they were the better team. I think the papers (on-field) were just trying to judge where we were and set ourselves small targets. Spin seemed to be the best option throughout the innings, we maybe bowled one too many at the back end but well done to them for exploiting that. We’ve played well at certain stages of the game.

When we’ve been bad, we’ve unfortunately been very bad and I think that’s where Pakistan has capitalized. In the batting, there were some iffy dismissals. But a couple of guys came in and put in good performances, so a lot of positives to take, but right now, a lot of disappointment because we lost the series. There are no excuses, we knew exactly what’s going on quite some time ago, so no excuses whatsoever.

We are working very hard in the nets and trying to get the guys’ knowledge up there. Hopefully, we can get some special performances in the T20Is. (Temba Bavuma) doesn’t look good I’m afraid. He wanted to try and carry on batting but we could see him struggling. Not sure the near future is too good for him, for us to see him on the field.