By our correspondent
KARACHI: Eyeing a series win for the first time since 2013, Pakistan will lock horns with South Africa in the third and final ODI at Centurian on Wednesday (tomorrow).
The match begins at 1pm. South Africa will be missing five key players including Quinton de Kock, Nortje, Ngidi, David Miller and inform Rabada who have left their team for their IPL franchises.
With the series tied 1-1, Centurian wicket is expected to play its natural as a good batting track as its history shows. Yes, team winning toss can exploit early moisture as there is also a chance of some shower today and on the match day on Wednesday.
Absence of five key players will enable South Africa to test its bench keeping in view the 2023 World Cup plans. And it would be a good opportunity for Pakistan to beat the new-look hosts and clinch the series for the first time since 2013 when they had beaten South Africa 2-1.
It is expected that Pakistan will bring in Usman Qadir in place of Shadab Khan who has been ruled out of the series due to injury. Unimpressive Asif Ali may give way to Haider Ali. Hasan Ali is also expected to be picked for the decider as he is fit.