Pakistan and South Africa will play the second One Day International (ODI) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on Friday after the nerve-wrecking opening game. The proteas lead the five-match series 1-0 after a nail-biting one-run win at Sharjah.
Pakistan's Shafiq plays a shot during the fourth day of the second test cricket match against South Africa in Dubai
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The five-match series has turned into an exciting one after the nerve-wrecking first match. Pakistan failed to chase a low score of 183 in the opening game, letting South Africa lead the series 1-0.
It looked like Pakistan would win the previous match with ease but the Proteas bowlers did a wonderful job, ripping through the middle order and finally helped the team win by one run.
South Africa have 43-20 win-loss and one no result record against Pakistan in 64 ODIs played so far.
Both the teams are expected to field the same squad that played in the opening game. It was the bowlers who stole the show in the previous match - Pakistani bowlers managing to restrict the score of the visitors to 183 and South African bowlers defending a low total.
The teams are likely to retain the squad despite poor performance of the batsmen. South Africa will continue to miss Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla on Friday.
Ahmed Shehzad (58), Mohammad Hafeez (28) and Misbah-ul-Haq (31) were top scorers for Pakistan in the previous match. Opener Nasir Jamshed was out for a duck and the lower collapsed like nine pins. They need to put their acts together if they are to level the series.
Saeed Ajmal took four wickets in the opening game while Shahid Afridi took three and Sohail Tanvir two. They will be expected to deliver a similar performance on Friday.
South Africa too suffered batting collapse until David Miller (37) and bowler Wayne Parnell (56) helped to put a total of 183. It looked like it was too small a total to defend but bowlers came strongly and ensured a narrow win. All eyes will be on Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers, who scored 234 and 164 respectively in the same venue in the second Test.
Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir took three wickets apiece while Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe took two wickets each in the previous match, and they will be expected to put up a similar show in the absence of Dale Steyn.
South Africa are the favourites to win.
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain) Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed
South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Q de Kock, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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