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Pakistan won the toss in opening match of ODI Series against South Africa and surprisingly opted to bowl first. Smith & Amla provided a solid opening stand of 72 Runs for middle order. Saeed Ajmal struck earlier. You can keep enjoying live coverage of Pakistan vs South Africa 1st ODI here.
Pakistan vs South Africa 1st ODI Highlights 2013
10th March, 2013 will witness explosions of sorts at Bloemfontein when South Africa faces Pakistan in the first one day international cricket match. Both these teams are considered powerhouses in one day arena though South Africans have possibly still not been able to completely shake off the tag of chokers among top notch cricketing nations.
With yet a ball to be bowled in this series only thing that an avid follower might do is to cast a glance at recent performances of these two teams. In that regard Pakistan is miles ahead of South Africa as they have beaten their hosts in the just concluded match at Centurion. While Hafeez hammered a brilliant 86 Umar Gul was not to be left behind as he snared five wickets for a mere unbelievable six runs. Such mayhem left South Africa floundering at a pathetic 100 which happened to be their lowest total ever in a one day international. This sure acted as a soothing balm to the egos of Pakistanis who were bruised and battered by South Africa as the heaped insult on top of injury while crushing and whitewashing their opponents by winning the Test Series 3-0. Such an emphatic win no doubt will bolster the confidence of Pakistanis after the severe mauling they suffered in the Test Series.
In fact, Pakistan can turn the tables on their opponents on any given day but they are notoriously temperamental and have never possibly have performed as a team. They have, instead relied on individual brilliance for their victories. Otherwise who would be willing to believe that a team boasting the presence of destructive and innovative batsmen as Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, and Imran Farhat and an infinitely talented allrounder as Shahid Afridi, not to mention class bowlers as Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul could be whitewashed by any team in international cricketing arena. Losing a series can very well happen on a few occasions but being whitewashed is too much to digest. But that has indeed happened and Pakistan needed at least one victory before the one day international series commences. They have got what they wanted at Centurion and now they should be straining at their leashes to extract a revenge on South Africans.
South Africans, possibly smug from drubbing their competitors in the Test Series and also could be because of the ennui of first T20 getting washed were not in psychological best when they took on the Pakistanis at Centurion. Else, how could one explain their abject surrender there and, to compound their misery they scored their lowest total ever in a one day international. That must have hurt them the most and they are most certainly equally determined to wipe out the ignominy of Centurion and prove that what had happened there was one of those aberrations.
They have in their midst such dynamos as the captain AB de Villiers who can destroy any team on his day and such rock solid batsmen as Hashim Amla who can grind to dust any opposition bowling attack if he decides to do so. Faf du Plessis can also be a handful and Derryl Steyn is always a menace that opponents dread. So with such a formidable arsenal at their disposal South Africa will sure be very eager to extract revenge on Pakistan.