Pakistan to play decisive match today against South Africa to win the series

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Babar Azam on the verge of No1 ODI ranking as Pakistan eye series win in South Africa
Babar Azam on the verge of No1 ODI ranking as Pakistan eye series win in South Africa

Pakistan will be hoping to defeat South Africa in the last ODI of the series against South Africa today to register their first series win against a top-seven ODI team since 2013.

However, concerns remain for Pakistan as the middle and lower-middle order is yet to fire against the Proteas.

In the last two games, it was openers Fakhar Zaman, Imamul Haq and Captain Babar Azam who contributed with the bat.

Pakistan’s bowlers will also have to play better than they have so far.

While Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasnain have all managed to take wickets, they have been quite expensive, and each bowler has conceded more than six runs per over.

In the first ODI, Haris got rid of David Miller immediately after he reached 50. In the second ODI, he accounted for both de Kock and Temba Bavuma as they went in search of boundaries. Haris and Hasnain have conceded at 6.3 runs an over.

If South Africa win, they will secure their third series win under coach Mark Boucher and it will also be their second trophy this summer.