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South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd ODI Predictions & Tips - Pakistan can win series at Centurion
- South Africa vs Pakistan predictions for Wednesday’s 3rd ODI cricket match
- The fixture will be played at Centurion at 09:00am BST
- Babar Azam averages 56.27 in ODI cricket
- I am backing Pakistan to clinch the series against a weakened South Africa
- Predictions, stats, team news & preview
Pakistan can clinch series with victory in 3rd ODI (Getty Images)
South Africa vs Pakistan Predictions
With the series level at 1-1, the 3rd ODI will be the series decider. South Africa have lost a number of key players to the IPL so I’m backing Pakistan to win the match and clinch the series.
- South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen scored 123* & 60 runs in his last 2 ODI matches.
- South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen averages 80.90 in ODI cricket.
- Pakistan’s Babar Azam has scored 77, 125 & 103 runs in 3 of his last 4 ODI matches.
- Pakistan’s Babar Azam averages 56.27 in ODI cricket.
- Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman scored 193 runs in the 2nd ODI.
- Pakistan are unbeaten in 9 of their last 10 ODI matches.
Head to Head
South Africa have won four of their last seven ODIs against Pakistan. The current series is level at 1-1 after South Africa won the 2nd ODI at the Wanderers by 17 runs.
South Africa Form
South Africa leveled the three-match ODI series at 1-1 in the 2nd ODI at the Wanderers.
Batting first on a flat pitch Temba Bavuma top scored with 92 runs. There other contributions from Quinton de Kock (80), Rassie van der Dussen (60) and David Miller (50) as the hosts reached a total of 341 in their 50 overs.
Anrich Nortje was the pick of the Proteas bowlers, taking 3-63 in his 10 overs as Pakistan reached 324 in their 50 overs.
Van der Dussen has been magnificent with the bat in this series with scores of 123* and 60 runs. He now averages over 80.90 in 23 ODI matches.
South Africa Injuries & Team News
South Africa will be severely weakened in the 3rd ODI with Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, David Miller and Lungi Ngidi all leaving for the Indian Premier League.
That should see the likes of Janneman Malan, Lutho Sipamla and Wiaan Mulder all get a run.
Going into the 2nd ODI at the Wanderers, Pakistan led the series 1-0 but suffered a 17-run defeat to level the series at 1-1.
Haris Rauf bowled superbly to take 3-54 with the other bowlers all struggling. South Africa scored a mammoth 341 which made the chase very tough.
Babar Azam batted well for 31 runs but threw his wicket away at a crucial time. Pakistan were never really in the chase as wickets continued to fall with Azam’s 31 turning out to be the second highest score of the innings.
Just as Pakistan looked dead and buried at 205-7, Fakhar Zaman started smashing the ball to all corners of the ground. He produced one of the greatest ODI innings’ ever seen as he took the visitors to the brink of victory.
Zaman was eventually run out for 193 runs, the highest ever ODI score while batting second.
Pakistan Injuries & Team News
Pakistan resisted making changes in the 2nd ODI but with the middle order struggling for runs, they may opt for Haider Ali in the series decider.
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South Africa are missing five first choice players for this encounter. I'm backing Pakistan to win the series with Babar Azam to top score for the visitors.
Rassie van der Dussen is tipped to be the hosts best batsman after scoring 123 and 60 runs in his last two matches.
Best Bet: Pakistan Win Result @-138.89 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Pakistan Batsman Tip: Babar Azam Best Pakistan Batsman @187.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best South Africa Batsman Tip: Rassie van der Dussen Best South Africa Batsman @350.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit