The 3rd ODI in Johannesburg is crucial as it can change the momentum of the series. The winner of this match will have the benefit of less pressure in a must win game for the loser but with Pakistan winning the 2nd ODI they may have a slight advantage over the Proteas. The series is level at 1-1 and South Africa will be wondering what happened to their batting at Centurion. They lost five wickets for 36 runs and never really recovered after that, posting a paltry 191, to lose by six wickets. Dale Steyn returned to the side after missing the first ODI but despite one wicket and an economy rate of under four an over, the tourists were relatively comfortable in chasing the total.
Colin Ingram has had an interesting ODI career to date but he still can’t permanently lock in a position as a batsman but this is a series that could really help his credentials. After making a hundred and a golden duck that is a clear display of what his ODI career has been so far and even though he averages 41.73 he has struggled to move on to getting the big scores that batsman need. They could make one change. Kyle Abbot, who held onto his place for game two but was wicketless, could be replaced by Rory Klieinveldt who was unfortunate in the extreme to miss out having taken four wickets in Bloemfontein. It is possible he suffered a niggle, though.
A much improved Pakistan performance and the last two matches have captured perfectly why they can be so frustrating for gamblers. You never know which side will turn up. It was the bowlers to the fore in Centurion. The giant Mohammad Irfan took four wickets and Junaid Khan two. However, Mohammed Irfan is in doubt with a hamstring injury. Saeed Ajmal, the spinner, was also on song with two wickets. There will be concern about Umar Gul’s form – he went for more than seven an over – so Wahab Riaz must be in with a shout of plaing this time.
Match Timings: Mar 17, 2013 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 13:30 IST)
South Africa (probable) 1 Graeme Smith 2 Hashim Amla 3 Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Ryan McLaren 8 Robin Peterson 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Kyle Abbott/Rory Kleinveldt, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Pakistan (probable) 1, 2 and 3 Nasir Jamshed/Kamran Akmal (wk)/Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammed Irfan/Wahab Riaz.