Pak prepares for 4th ODI against South Africa


DURBAN: Pakistan is all set to play fouth ODI against south Africa in Kingsmead, Durban on Thursday. The match will begin at 1.00pm PST.

South Africa is leading the series with 2-1 and will look forward to win the 4th ODI to seal the series as both teams move from Johannesburg to Durban. Pakistan on the other hand have bowling crisis and left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir has been added. Winning this match is crucial to keep the series alive.

The left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir has been added in Pakistan’s squad for remaining two One Day Internationals against South Africa as cover for injured Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan.

Tanvir joined Pakistan squad during third ODI at the Wanderers on Sunday. He was already in South Africa playing for the Lions in Ram Slam Twenty20, the domestic T20 tournament of South Africa.

He will be available for selection in next two matches at Durban and Benoni on March 21 and 24 respectively. However, meanwhile he is allowed to play for the Lions if they need him and the fixtures don’t clash with the Pakistan series.

Irfan, the seven-foot tall bowler, is struggling with a stomach bug. He had to leave the field during the Wanderers match and was treated off field. He also picked up a hamstring strain on Friday night in Centurion although Misbah clarified that “there is nothing wrong with his hamstring.” Irfan returned to bat later in the match. Gul, who has been out of form, was left out of the third match with a knee injury.

For South Africa, Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the remaining two ODIs against Pakistan and the first four weeks of the IPL with back trouble. Du Plessis will require six weeks rest and has been replaced by Quinton de Kock in the South Africa squad.

Pakistan Team: (From) Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Abdur Rehman, Asad Shafiq, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan

South Africa: (From) AB de Villiers (c/wk), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe