Live Score: Pakistan vs South Africa 5th ODi Live Streaming 2013
Here we go with the 5th and final match, a deciding match of the 5-odi series that is leveled at 2-2. Earlier, the captain Misbah-ul-Haq and the comeback opener Imran Farhat starred in Pakistan’s three wicket win against South Africa at Kigsmead Durban and squared the series 2-2.
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The series has got steadily more competitive as it has progressed, so the cricke fans can expect a fiery affair especially because there is more than just a trophy on the line for both teams. Reputation tends to mean more than silverware in bilateral ODI series anyway.
For South Africa, it is a chance to give their home fans a format to cheer them in that is not Test cricket and to prove to them they have developed as a limited-overs unit. After winning all five longest form fixtures, South Africa’s Twenty20 and ODI squads did not follow suit. They are in transition but even a phase of change cannot go on without some reward.
For Pakistan, the picture may not be that big. They are more likely to be focused on the immediate goal of leaving this tour with enough to be able to call it a success. Misbah-ul-Haq indicated at the very beginning that he expected the Test phase to be difficult but the limited-overs contests to be the area in which Pakistan could push South Africa and even topple them over.
So far, they have. They’ve exposed the hosts’ obvious weaknesses and demonstrated some of their own major strengths. They will want one more big effort to underline those and there would be no better place to that than in the decider.
Graeme Smith’s ankle injury means that Quinton de Kock will appear for the first time in the series in the position he prefers. Morne Morkel has been declared fit to play and could come in place of Dale Steyn if Steyn’s shoulder is still acting up after he hurt it in the field.
Imran Farhat’s successful recall means Nasir Jamshed will miss out again. The only batting place up for debate is Younis Khan’s. Pakistan may look to bring in Asad Shafiq in place of the underperforming Younis. If Umar Gul is available, he may replace Wahab Riaz but the rest of the bowing will remain unchanged.