Host South Africa will be looking to gain some momentum when they take on Pakistan in a three-match ODI series, starting from 2ND April in SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Pakistan has already arrived in the country and making adequate preparations for the one-day series. After going through a lean in home conditions, Skipper Babar Azam will be looking to make a strong comeback in white-ball cricket. Mohammad Wasim Jr. Danish Aziz, Usman Qadir and Abdullah Shafique are uncapped players picked for the tour of South Africa.
The selectors have brought in pacer Hasan Ali, all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman into the ODI squad for the three-match series.
On the other hand, South Africa have announced a new-look squad for the ODI series. Temba Bavuma has been named new captain of the limited-overs side, while opener Aiden Markram, spinner Keshav Maharaj and pace Beuran Hendricks made their return to the setup.
Lizaad Williams and Sisanda Magala are two uncapped players picked for the one-day series, while Kyle Verreynne, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla, Daryn Dupavillion, Janneman Malan and Temba Bavuma are inexperienced players picked for the three-match series.
David Miller, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada are three experienced players named in the limited-overs squad. The home side will be take heart from the fact that the likes of Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi and Lungi Ngidi have shown decent form across all three formats this season.
Here are some of the key statistics and numbers related to South Africa vs Pakistan 2021 ODI series.
2013-14 was the last time Pakistan won a bilateral one-day series against South Africa. Babar Azam will be looking to make amends for their poor record in the country.
9 victories for South Africa in their previous 13 one-day matches played against Pakistan. In 2018/19, South Africa managed to win the five-match one-day series against Pakistan.
40 runs needed by Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman to complete 2,000 runs in limited-overs cricket. Left-hander has accumulated 1,960 runs in 47 ODIs at an average of 45.58 with four centuries and thirteen half-centuries to his name.
166 runs needed by opener Imam-ul-Haq to complete 2,000 runs in one-day internationals. Left-hander has scored 1,834 runs in 40 matches at an average of 52.40 with seven centuries and seven half-centuries to his name.
270 runs needed by Pakistani wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan to complete 1,000 runs in the limited-overs format. The 28-year old has scored 730 runs at an average of 30.41 with two centuries and three half-centuries.
18 wickets required by Pakistani pacer Hasan Ali to complete 100 wickets in limited-overs cricket. In 53 ODIs, Hasan Ali has claimed 82 wickets at an average of 29.03.
5 wickets needed by Left-arm quick, Shaheen Shah Afridi, to complete 50 wickets in one-day internationals. He has claimed 45 wickets in 22 matches at an average of 21.64.